Some 60 percent of Texas physicians now use an electronic health record (EHR), according to TMA's latest survey data. However, dissatisfaction and discontent persist among some physician users of EHRs.
A recent report from AmericanEHR Partners indicates a direct correlation between physician satisfaction with EHRs and the amount of training they received. The report concludes it takes at least three to five days of EHR training for physicians to achieve the highest level of overall satisfaction. Nearly half of survey respondents indicated they received three or fewer days of training.
Clearly, knowing how to use the practice's EHR properly is an asset for any user of the product. Any support the practice can give physician and staff EHR users has the potential not only for happier users but also for increased efficiency. That helps you achieve the return on your EHR investment more quickly.
The four Texas regional extensions centers were created specifically to help physicians with their technology needs, with a special focus on the federal EHR incentives.
Direct your questions about the RECs or other health information technology needs to the TMA HIT Helpline at (800) 880-5720 or email HIT@texmed.org.
Action, July 2, 2012