A Surescripts survey reveals the need for more interoperable access to patient data in three major areas.
Major gaps exist in physicians’ access to patient data, according to a new survey.
First, according to the Surescripts report, “Physician Perspectives on Access to Patient Data,” high-quality medication adherence information is important but elusive. Second, most physicians believe in the value of prescription price transparency to aid in making medication decisions. Finally, physicians view a lack of patient history data as an impediment to care coordination.
Surescripts commissioned a survey to 300 qualifying primary care physicians between October 5 and October 17, 2017. To qualify for the survey, physicians had to have been in practice for at least five years, spend at least 50% of their time providing direct patient care for at least 100 patients a year, and use an EHR.
“In 2001, just one in 10 doctors was using an EHR. In 2015, nearly nine out of 10 were,” says Mike Pritts, chief product officer of Surescripts. “Yet, despite the widespread utilization of EHRs today, our study found that half of physicians believe that their access to patient data could be much better.”
The survey findings show that electronic access to patient medication adherence, clinical history, and prescription cost information are high priorities among physicians:
“The findings support that a truly interoperable, nationwide network that delivers actionable patient intelligence, can help healthcare professionals make the best possible care decisions and ultimately improve quality, reduce costs, and increase patient safety,” according to Pritts.