Doctors Could Benefit From More Training on EHRs, Survey Finds

Physicians who received at least three to five days of training reported the highest levels of satisfaction with their electronic health record system, according to a survey by AmericanEHR Partners.

However, the survey found that 49.3% of surveyed physicians said they received three or fewer days of EHR training.

AmericanEHR Partners is an online community created by the American College of Physicians and Cientis Technologies.

The report — titled, “Correlation of Training Duration With EHR Usability and Satisfaction: Implications for Meaningful Use” — is based on an online survey of 2,338 physicians from five different medical societies between April 2010 and July 2011.

Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR systems can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.

Additional Findings

According to the survey, larger physician practices tended to offer fewer days of EHR training. The survey also found that physicians:

  • Reported greater satisfaction with EHR systems if they participated in the selection process;
  • Reported that they could easily use EHR functions required under the meaningful use incentive program if they received at least one week of EHR training; and
  • Gave higher usability ratings to EHR systems if they received two or more weeks of training on basic EHR functions.


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