Optimizing electronic health records to enhance physician satisfaction
Electronic health records (EHRs) contribute both positively and negatively to physician professional satisfaction. Recent research has shown that while physicians approve of EHRs in concept and recognize the potential of EHRs to someday improve patient care and professional satisfaction, the current state of EHR technology significantly worsens professional satisfaction. As part of its broader effort to ensure sustainable physician practices that result in good health outcomes for patients and greater professional satisfaction for physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA) seeks to identify and advocate for the incorporation into EHR systems of “physician-friendly” EHR characteristics. This program will provide an overview of the AMA’s findings on the relationship between EHRs and physician satisfaction, and the AMA’s ensuing work to identify physician-friendly EHR characteristics. The program will also introduce participants to viewpoints from physicians from a diverse range of practice settings as to what constitutes a physician-friendly EHR. Finally, the program will provide participants the opportunity to offer their own views and exchange ideas on how EHRs might be improved to reach their full potential to improve patient care and professional satisfaction. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335. Should you have any questions regarding the content of this activity, please contact Katie Pajak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-464-5450.