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Clinicians Offer Their Views on Electronic Information Exchange


More than 70 percent of the clinicians who participated in a survey conducted earlier this year identified the following barriers to their ability to effectively exchange electronic health care information: lack of interoperability, lack of an information exchange infrastructure, and the cost of setting up and maintaining interfaces and exchanges.

The survey was conducted earlier this year by Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care in collaboration with the Bipartisan Policy Center, the American College of Physicians, and other stakeholder groups. The American College of Surgeons sent out the survey.

A report summarizing the survey findings, titled Clinicians Perspectives on Electronic Health Information Sharing for Transitions of Care, contains the following additional findings:

• Most clinicians surveyed believe that electronic exchange of health information will have a positive impact on improving the quality of patient care, coordinating care, meeting the demands of new care models, and participating in third-party reporting and incentive programs.

• More than half of respondents prefer that information they view as "essential" get "pushed" to them, with the ability to access the rest of the information through a query.

• Most respondents consider "within 24 hours" a reasonable timeframe for the exchange of information when a patient requires follow-up care or is being treated for an urgent problem.

• When updating the electronic health record with information received from an external source, clinicians prefer to be able to selectively pick and choose the information they want integrated.

• Clinicians indicated that access to medication lists and relevant laboratory and imaging test results are commonly recognized as high priorities when patients change health care providers.

Go to to review the report and survey results.

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