Most U.S. physicians think that the use of health IT systems ultimately will result in higher costs, according to a new report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, FierceHealthIT reports (Bowman, FierceHealthIT, 5/14).
The report is based on an online survey of 613 U.S. primary care and specialist physicians randomly selected from the American Medical Association's master file.
According to Deloitte, the survey participants reflect the national distribution of physicians in the AMA master file according to:
- Years in practice;
- Region; and
- Medical specialty.
The report found that:
- 73% of U.S. physicians believe that health IT adoption will improve care quality in the long run;
- 71% of believe that health IT adoption ultimately will result in higher costs (Deloitte report, 5/14); and
- About 60% believe that hospital-physician relationships will suffer as hospitals comply with the requirements of the meaningful use program.
Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.
When asked whether they have an EHR system that meets the requirements under Stage 1 of the meaningful use program:
- About two-thirds of all physicians reported having such EHR capabilities;
- 89% of physicians working in an integrated health system reported having such EHR capabilities; and
- 31% of solo physicians reported having such EHR capabilities.
Among physicians that lacked a Stage 1-compliant EHR system, 72% said that the initial technology costs were a barrier to adoption, the report found (FierceHealthIT, 5/14).
Mobile Health-Related Findings
According to the report, 57% of physicians say they do not use mobile health technologies. When such respondents were asked why they do not use mobile health tools, approximately:
- 44% said that their workplace does not provide mobile tools and that they are unwilling to use their personal devices;
- 29% cited concerns about patient privacy; and
- 26% said that mobile applications and programs are not suited to their needs (Deloitte report, 5/14).