Electronic Health Record Adoption among Obstetrician/Gynecologists in the United States: Physician Practices and Satisfaction

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Abstract

Implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has historically been lower among obstetrician‐gynecologists (ob‐gyns) than many physician groups. This study described ob‐gyns’ adoption and use of EHR systems in practice, as well as barriers and benefits to implementation. Surveys asking about the physicians’ use of EHR, satisfaction with systems, and what features they found most or least helpful were mailed to 1,200 ob‐gyns. An overall response rate of 57.4% was achieved, with 559 returning completed surveys. Over three‐quarters of responders reported that they used an EHR system or planned to implement one. Physicians without EHR tended to be older, were more likely to be male, have a solo practice, and describe themselves as Asian/Pacific Islander. Over 63% of those physicians who use EHR reported being satisfied with their system, while 30.8% were not satisfied. Ob‐gyns who reported satisfaction had a younger mean age (M = 52.98, SD = 8.87) than those not satisfied (M = 56.30, SD = 8.59; p = .002). Use of EHR systems among ob‐gyns has increased in recent years and overall satisfaction with these systems is high. In spite of this, barriers to implementation are still present and increased outreach to certain groups of ob‐gyns, including older practitioners and those in solo practices, is needed.

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