After 25 years of using paper records, Winfield Young, MD, recently dove into electronic medical records for his Virginia Beach, VA, pediatric practice.
“I fought the idea of electronic health records. My feeling was: I don’t need one. It doesn’t help my practice; I don’t see any benefit to it.” Dr. Fine, now a Hello Health user talks about his thoughts on EHRs and how he came to see the benefit.
Young wants to maintain his freestanding practice and not be employed by a hospital. With an EMR, he envisions the possibility of increasing his income, and definitely more efficiency. “We see the importance of better documentation of diagnosis, and it’s going to be easier to track,” he says.
Even IT companies that are working with physicians like Fine and Young in developing EMRs acknowledge the reluctance of physicians to embrace it. Fine and Young both use Hello Health, a New York–based web-based patient management platform for medical records and messaging. According to Hello Health’s Primary Care Physician Attitudes survey conducted this summer, 37% of physicians see EMRs as their number-one challenge—the same percentage that see practice financial issues as their foremost concern.
The Hello Health survey showed that, among physicians who said that practice financials were among their biggest challenges, 51% felt implementing an EHR would help their practices, especially in dealing with coding and documentation.
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