July 22, 2016
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Nearly half of physicians see fewer patients each day due to EHR use

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Physicians have mixed feelings about electronic health record usage, according to a report published by Physicians Practice.

The 2016 Tech Report included an annual Technology Survey, which polled more than 1,500 practice managers and physicians throughout the United States on their EHR use.

Respondents reported that they see fewer patients each day because of EHR usage (46.1%) and have not seen a return on investment (74.3%). In addition, they said that EHR has improved documentation (59%) and that they are using an app on their mobile device to use their EHR (78%).

"This is a complete look at how technology is being adopted in small to mid-sized practices," Gabriel Perna, managing editor of Physicians Practice, said in the release. "The information reveals the areas in which physicians are weak, the areas physicians believe they have a strong grasp of technology, and much more. It's clear from the data, there is a wide discrepancy in the adoption of EHRs (nearly 75% have implemented one) and other technologies, such as telemedicine (13.6%), data analytics (33.1%), and voice recognition (31.1%)."