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Patient Perceptions: EHR Increases Care Quality

May 3, 2011

Sage Healthcare Division, a unit of Sage North America said a survey conducted among patients and physicians to determine attitudes regarding the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) showed that patients felt more comfortable with physicians who used an EHR, and more importantly, felt that the information contained in the medical record was more accurate when they physically saw information being entered electronically.

The Sage Healthcare Insights study examined the effect of implementing an EHR on both physicians and their patients. The purpose of the study is to understand how the perceptions of physicians who use EHR systems differ or are similar to the perceptions of the patients who recall seeing their physician use the system.

“The adoption of EHRs has grown in recent years as the U.S. government’s incentive plans and the benefits of these systems are realized by more and more office-based physicians,” said Betty Otter-Nickerson, president of Sage Healthcare Division. “The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics estimates that more than half of office-based physicians have adopted a basic EHR, while more than 10 percent have adopted a fully functional system, such as Sage Intergy EHR. [This] study will help Sage Healthcare design solutions that maximize the benefit to physicians and their patients.”

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