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dermatologist, dermatology, electronic medical records, EMR, provider efficiency
Introduction: Electronic Health Records (EHR) have been adopted and integrated into medical practices over the past 20 years. Many positive and negative implications have been described by physicians using EHR. This study aims to US dermatologists' perceptions and use of EHR within their clinical practice.
Methods: A validated survey was administered to US dermatologists at a national educational conference to assess use and perceptions of EHR.
Results Seventy-two percent (291/400) of those sampled completed greater than 90% survey and were included in outcome analysis. Eighty-six percent of the participants were currently using or had used EHR. Most dermatologists felt that EHR negatively impacted their workflow efficiency and face-to-face time with patients. A portion of dermatologists thought that EHR improved their documentation.
Limitations: Selection bias may have led those with strong beliefs with EHR more likely to complete the entire survey.
Conclusion: Despite widespread adoption, most dermatologists have a negative impression of EHR and felt that it interfered with their ability to effectively see patients. Interventions to improve EHR should focus on improving workflow efficiency and maximizing the amount of time dermatologists can spend with patients.
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