Survey: Only 1 in 4 providers strongly agree EHRs prepared them for new healthcare economy

Only a few providers (25 percent) strongly agree that their EHR helped position their organization for the new health economy, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report.

PwC's Health Research Institute surveyed 300 healthcare provider executives working at for-profit, nonprofit and government-owned facilities on their experience implementing and using EHRs.

Here are six report insights.

1. While 31 percent of providers said their organization moved to an EHR as part of a broader business strategy, 69 percent said they did so to meet CMS' meaningful use requirements.

2. Just 23 percent of providers strongly agree EHRs have helped their organization's population health and value-based care strategies.

3. Forty-eight percent of respondents feel their EHRs are effective in core support areas, such as capturing clinical data during patient encounters, but 31 percent say additional technologies are often needed to integrate clinical data received from sources external to a system, like financial data.

4. Half of the respondents said their EHRs successfully aid their organization's population health strategies, but 36 percent identified stronger point solutions.

5. Forty-five percent of respondents said their EHR was effective for patient portals that gave comprehensive access to administrative systems, but 41 percent said additional technology is need to engage patients in their care plans.

6. Only 33 percent of providers are investing in EHRs that are effective for research.

Click here to view the full report.

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