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Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 Mar-Apr;23(2):116-26.

Physicians' use of electronic medical records: barriers and solutions.

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Institute for Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco, USA. millerr@itsa.ucsf.edu

Abstract

The electronic medical record (EMR) is an enabling technology that allows physician practices to pursue more powerful quality improvement programs than is possible with paper-based records. However, achieving quality improvement through EMR use is neither low-cost nor easy. Based on a qualitative study of physician practices that had implemented an EMR, we found that quality improvement depends heavily on physicians' use of the EMR-and not paper-for most of their daily tasks. We identified key barriers to physicians' use of EMRs. We then suggest policy interventions to overcome these barriers, including providing work/practice support systems, improving electronic clinical data exchange, and providing financial rewards for quality improvement.

PMID:
15046136
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.23.2.116
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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