EHR Surveys Available to All Physicians

The American Medical Association and AmericanEHR Partners are teaming up to survey physicians using or planning to use an electronic health record (EHR). The survey results will help populate a growing database of EHR system rankings. In addition, the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) is surveying physicians' use of EHRs.

The feedback from the AMA/AmericanEHR Partners 150-question survey will help all physicians with future EHR purchases as well as help improve the EHR industry overall. The questions use a five-level rating system that looks at various aspects of EHRs. The results are collated to assign a collective rating for each category.

The site has top 10 lists of various products based on the ratings. Only those systems that have at least 10 survey evaluations are given a collective rating score and are used in the rankings. The database is free and can be queried according to practice size. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes for non-EHR users and 20 minutes for EHR users. The TMA Ad Hoc Committee on Health Information Technology frequently discusses how physicians can benefit from EHR vendor rankings, which only improve with feedback by users. Although the survey home page says it is for AMA members, the AMA says any physician – AMA member or not – can complete it.

Surveys completed before Nov. 8 will be entered into a drawing for the latest tablet computer or one of five $100 Visa gift cards. However, members may take the survey after that date. Physicians must create an account to participate in the survey, and their professional status will be verified using the AMA's Physician Verification Service.

The new LSMS survey expands on a statewide study the medical society conducted last year. Almost 600 Louisiana physicians responded. LSMS received a Physicians Foundation grant to study EHR nonadoption among physicians nationwide. The report on the national survey will address:

  • Factors that discriminate between nonadopters and adopters;
  • The presence of specific regional drivers (or inhibitors) of EHR adoption; and
  • The patterns of adopters that lead to meaningful use.

Physicians who take the survey are eligible to win an e-reader.

Action, Nov. 2, 2012