The good, the bad and the early adopters: Providers' attitudes about a common, commercial EHR

Anil N. Makam, Holly J. Lanham, Kim Batchelor, Brett Moran, Temple Howell-Stampley, Lynne Kirk, Manjula Cherukuri, Lipika Samal, Noel Santini, Luci K Leykum, Ethan A. Halm

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Rationale, aims and objectives To describe primary care providers' (PCP) attitudes about the impact of a mature, commercial electronic health records (EHR) on clinical practice in settings with experience using the system and to evaluate whether a provider's propensity to adopt new technologies is associated with more favourable perceptions. Method We surveyed PCPs in 11 practices affiliated with three health systems in Texas. Most practices had greater than 5 years of experience with the Epic EHR. The effect of early adopter of technology status was evaluated using logistic regression. Results One hundred forty-six PCPs responded (70%). Most thought the EHR had a positive impact on routine tasks, such as prescription refills (94%), whereas fewer agreed for complex tasks, such as delivery of guideline-concordant care for chronic illnesses (51%). Two-thirds (62%) thought it interfered with eye contact with patients, and 40% reported that it interfered with in-visit communication. Early adopters of technology reported greater positive effects of the EHR, even after adjusting for age, ranging from 2% to 15% higher on satisfaction ratings. Conclusion PCPs practicing in settings with considerable experience using a common commercial EHR identified many positive effects, as well as two key areas for improvement - patient centredness and intelligent decision support. Providers with a propensity to adopt new technologies have more favourable perceptions of the EHR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of evaluation in clinical practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • attitude of health personnel
  • attitude to computers
  • early adopter
  • electronic health record
  • physicians
  • primary care
  • primary health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy


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