The national ACOG study (published in 2012) of physicians experiences with EMR systems determined that improvements in OB/GYN satisfaction and utilization was necessary if the goals of EMR implementation are to be achieved. The ACOG study did not take into consideration the perceptions of residents as the future generation of medical providers. The objective of our cross-sectional study was to compare the perceptions of current practicing physicians with those of future practicing physicians.METHODS:
The data was collected through an internet survey from obstetricians and gynecologists in Texas including practicing physicians and residents at John Peter Smith Hospital. Twenty five questions focused on physician confidence, satisfaction, challenges, and benefits with the EMR system. Survey responses were received from 94 practicing physicians and residents. Descriptive analysis was conducted across these groups.RESULTS:
Of the total of 94 physicians (85% practicing physicians, 15% residents) responding to the survey, the average age was 46 years (range 26–74). Overall, there were more perceived challenges identified than benefits. Perceived benefits identified were ease of access and e-prescribing. Challenges were time spent for data entry and disruption of doctor patient interaction, with differences observed between residents and practicing physicians (disruption of time: 21% vs 62%, respectively; increased time spent: 57% vs 81%). Overall satisfaction rates among physicians were 34% compared with residents who demonstrated higher satisfaction at 64%.CONCLUSION:
This analysis uncovers new findings not explored in previous studies of differences in perception of the EMR system between OB/GYN practicing physicians and residents. Potential solutions will be discussed.