Your Thoughts on EMRs – This Month’s Snapshot Survey Results

Last Wednesday, June 6, we queried North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) members on their attitudes toward electronic medical records (EMR) and ways in which the NCMS might address any challenges. Here is what you told us:

  • The vast majority (87 percent) of you agree an EMR could be useful, but believe the reality has fallen far short due to many factors.
  • Echoing that sentiment, 71 percent believe an EMR is necessary in today’s health care environment, but needs to be refined to offer useful clinical insights through robust and reliable data analytics.
  • About a third of respondents (31 percent) revealed their practice uses scribes or voice recognition software to ease data entry burdens; while another third (31 percent) depend on their EMR vendor to address challenges.
  • Nearly a third (27 percent) expressed they were at a complete loss for how to make EMRs work to benefit physicians and patients.
  • To address the problems with EMRs, most of you supported the idea of an NCMS forum to share best practices around EMR use as well as convening a task force to examine the challenges and make recommendations for action. Open ended responses on ways the NCMS might help ranged from advocating with governmental agencies to change EMR requirements to suing EMR vendors. Other suggestions included ‘starting over’ with newly designed templates and better system integration.

These results will inform the NCMS Board of Directors at their July 14 meeting, when they discuss how your Medical Society can help address the challenges around EMRs. Thank you for taking our monthly Snapshot survey, which offers NCMS leadership valuable insights into our members’ opinions and concerns and helps guide decision making. Watch for the next survey in your email inbox on Wednesday, July 11.

As an added incentive to complete the quick, 5-question survey, we give away six $100 Amazon gift cards. The winners this month include: Christina Flannelly, MD,Frederick McIntyre, PA-C, Nicole Aristy, MD, FAAP, Brian McGrath, MD,and Mark Moeller, MD.


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  • Kent T. Anderson MD

    Electronic medical records require too much repeated information. You do not need to add a review of symptoms, family history, social history, and past medical history to every note, only update if changed. The old SOAP note was much more informative. You only want to know
    what the problems are at a visit. The medical records are too long and waste a lot of time. We in Medicine are allowing IT people to make medical care much more difficult.
    It is time organized medicine stand up and make this right for a change.