Blog | Friday, February 3, 2012

QD: News Every Day--New technology takes the blame, yet gets the credit


New technology is offering doctors in small and medium practice an easier time with practice management, according to survey results of the users of a free electronic medical record product.

Practice administration has been difficult of late, and electronic medical records have taken some of the blame. They're expensive, they're time consuming and they require at least two weeks of training to properly implement their advanced functions.

In short, new technology hasn't always been popular among physicians.

Still, Practice Fusion, a company offering a free, web-based electronic medical record, surveyed 1,000 of its users online and said in a press release technology has made things easier for physicians in private practice:
--45% of doctors report that their practice is doing better this year compared to last year while 14% report that their practice is doing worse and 33% report no change.
--26% reported that their practice was doing better than the year before, while 41% reported doing worse.
--60% of small practices report that new technology has made things easier.
--26% of practices use computers that are less than a year old. 38% report that the computers in their practice are over three years old compared to 73% the previous year. 7% of practices have computers in the five to six-year-old range, down from 21% in 2011.
--89% of doctors report being satisfied or extremely satisfied with their career despite challenges, a 20% increase from the year before.
--Top pressures on the practice as a business included insurance and reimbursement (69%), patient compliance (64%) and practice administration concerns (48%).
--Top improvements were advancements in medicine (68%), patient compliance (53%) and improvement in the health care workforce (51%).