As one of the leading providers of Electronic Health Records (EHR) in Canada and the US, we at Nightingale decided we needed to get to know our target audience a little better. We recently conducted a detailed survey of close to 300 physicians across North America to learn what keeps them up at night, how they feel about Electronic Medical Records, and where they see the value of an EHR in their clinic.
The results of our survey will be revealed in the next couple of months, and I can assure you that we uncovered some really interesting information. For example:
We wanted to know what keeps physicians up at night. We asked physicians to rank the following based on what they find to be the most concerning, to the least. Beginning with the most concerning issue, here is what physicians are thinking:
- Highest Concern – I am concerned that I do not know all the medications my patients are on
- I feel disconnected from my practice when I am remote and cannot access lab results and patient records
- I cannot quickly identify high risk lab results from normal results that I receive on a daily basis
- I feel that I am not spending enough time with each patient
- Least Concerning – I feel I am not providing my patients high enough level of service
In summary, physicians felt they were able to spend enough quality time with their patients, but were most concerned about having the right medical information available on a timely basis – lab results, medication information and test results. The results were very similar between physicians in Canada and the US and between general practitioners and specialists.
Would access to an EMR help? We will share more of the results next week….