Data interoperability should be a priority, 300 physicians tell Google 

Ninety-six percent of physicians believe efforts to support broader access to clinical data will improve patient safety, which could help save lives, according to a recent Google Cloud survey. 

For the report, Google Cloud tapped the Harris Poll to survey 303 physicians in June 2020 to better understand physicians' feelings and experiences with interoperability. 

Four survey insights: 

1. Ninety-five percent of physician respondents said having a more seamless data exchange would support better patient outcomes, while 86 percent said interoperability that ensures the right data is available for the right person at the proper time will enable faster diagnoses. 

2. Almost two-thirds of physicians (63 percent) listed burdensome reporting systems as their biggest pain point. 

3. The physician respondents typically spend an average of four hours each day reviewing or updating their patients' medical records, with 9 percent spending at least 10 hours each day updating records. 

4. Physicians said having improved access to patient data would let them better communicate with patients (60 percent); more quickly identify high-risk patients (59 percent); better recommend appropriate treatments (56 percent); and make more accurate (53 percent) and quicker (49 percent) diagnoses.


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