In a survey of than 21,000 physicians from 25 specialties, 82 percent of respondents said they are currently using an EHR or have plans to implement one, up from 38 percent in a 2009 survey. The survey, from Medscape, found that 12 percent of respondents said they'll purchase or begin using an EHR within the next year or two, and only six percent have no plans to buy an EHR.
The survey looked at what physicians liked and disliked about their EHR systems and how it affected their practices. Most respondents, 62 percent of EHR users said that they're happy with their systems. However, more than one third (38 percent) are dissatisfied with them, and roughly a third of those unhappy will shop for a new system. Others said that they're stuck with their current system because they've already invested too much.
Vendors who received the highest scores: Amazing Charts, Practice Fusion, VA-CPRS, MEDENT, and e-MDs earned the highest overall scores. The top-ranked Amazing Charts was the most popular system among physicians in practices with 25 or fewer doctors.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.