A new survey by the Healthcare Information andManagement Systems Society (HIMSS), a nonprofit group that supportsthe expansion of information technology in health care, reportsthat most hospital IT administrators are satisfied with theelectronic health records (EHRs)systems they have implemented in recent years.

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Apparently the tech people are happy with the systems; it's justthe doctors and nurses who need to get on board.

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Keep in mind, the sample size was relatively small.

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It included 52 IT administrators–mostly Chief TechnologyOfficers–from hospitals that follow the 8-step model that HIMSSdevised for implementing EHRs.

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More than four out of five respondents said that EHR adoptionhad led to increased efficiencies in clinical staff's qualityperformance, while just over half said the EHR system had led toincreased productivity.

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In addition, four out of five attributed financial savings tothe adoption of EHRs.

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Read: The pitfalls of health care's addiction tobig data

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But the administrators acknowledged that physicians and nursesare far from happy with the new systems. Less than half said theybelieved nurses were satisfied and less than a third said thatphysicians were.

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The reports of frustration with EHR from doctors is nothingnew.

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In an August survey by the American MedicalAssociation, only a third of physicians said they were satisfiedwith the EHR system they worked with and more than half said thatEHRs had increased total operating costs.

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