80% of EHR users say that lack of data interoperability increases stress

The lack of interoperability between different EHR systems may increase physicians' stress levels, according to a June 9 survey conducted by the Harris Poll

More than 700 physicians were surveyed about their use of EHRs and their interoperability as well as how it affected their work.

Here are three top takeaways:

  1. EHR interoperability came up as an issue, with 66 percent of respondents saying sending and receiving patient data across systems with the same EHR was easy but with different EHRs that number dropped to 24 percent. 

  2. Eighty percent of respondents said that the difficulty of sharing data across systems increased their stress levels. 

  3. The top hurdles to solving interoperability problems were seen as a lack of coordination between health systems, a lack of desire to fix the issue from EHR providers and the cost.

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