While issues regarding privacy and security of patient information have remained a concern to doctors internationally, 2012 saw an increase among doctors in the US who ranked this issue as a growing concern. In the US, there is also more concern about ease in using EMR systems, loss of productivity, and the lack of staff training to use these systems.
Doctors are embracing the use of electronic medical records (EMR). Globally, as well as in the US, most physicians use EMR (91 percent and 93 percent, respectively). In both cases, more than half use it in their own practice.
Many doctors in the US (the country most open to patient access) state that patients should be able to update information such as new medications and personal medical history in their electronic medical record. Doctors in the US, as well as those in the other study countries, however, are less enthusiastic about patients updating lab test results.
Interestingly, the majority of physicians in the eight countries surveyed feel that the quality of patient care throughout the healthcare system has improved due to the use of EMR. Physicians in the US, however, are least likely to feel this way.
Accenture’s The Digital Doctor is “In” provides an overview of the 2012 Accenture Doctors Survey and compares findings from last year’s survey to reveal prevailing perceptions among doctors today, and show trends across areas of healthcare IT. Based on this year’s findings that show increasing levels of adoption of EMR and HIE, the digital doctor is in—and is here to stay.
According to the 2012 Accenture Doctors Survey, healthcare IT and health information exchange (HIE) are taking hold globally. It is encouraging to see that the rise of the digital doctor is happening in the US, and in all of the eight countries surveyed. These countries have matured in either their routine use of HIE, adoption and use of healthcare IT—or both—over the past year.
The 2012 Accenture Doctors Survey also examined the differences in maturity between primary and secondary care doctors. The findings showed an increase in healthcare IT and HIE adoption among both types of physicians, particularly in the US, and also Singapore.
Doctors Survey: US Country Profile