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Electronic Medical Record Use Among US Occupational Medicine Physicians: A National Survey

Soteriades, Elpidoforos S. MD, SM, ScD; Talias, Michael A. BSc, PhD; Harmon, Kirk T. MD; Schumann, Steven C. MD; Kales, Stefanos N. MD, MPH

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: October 2013 - Volume 55 - Issue 10 - p 1191–1196
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31829b3a4c
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Objective: To examine the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) among US occupational medicine physicians (OMPs).

Methods: An electronic- and paper-based survey was conducted among OMPs using an anonymous self-administered questionnaire.

Results: The OMPs reported using an EMR for billing purposes only (14.6%), clinical purposes only (27.8%), or both (39.3%) with the total EMR use of 81.7%. About 60% were satisfied with their EMRs, and 64% to 66% believed that EMRs improve safety and quality of medical care. Among OMPs not using EMR, 17% reported that they were likely to adopt an EMR in the year after the survey, whereas 47% were very unlikely to do so.

Conclusions: Occupational physicians' use of EMRs was relatively high. They also seemed to be satisfied with their EMRs and believed that EMRs improve both safety and quality of clinical care.

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From the Department of Environmental Health, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology (Drs Soteriades and Kales), Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass; Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Dr Soteriades), Cyprus Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Nicosia, Cyprus; Healthcare Management Program (Dr Talias), Open University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus; MultiCare Health System (Dr Harmon), Tacoma, Wash; Salinas Urgent Care/Doctors on Duty (Dr Schumann), Salinas, Calif; and Harvard Medical School (Dr Kales), The Cambridge Health Alliance, Employee and Industrial Medicine, Cambridge, Mass.

Address corresponding to: Elpidoforos S. Soteriades, MD, SM, ScD, Department of Environmental Health, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (esoteria@hsph.harvard.edu).

Conflicts of interest and source of funding: There is no conflict of interest; none declared. No funding was available for this study.

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