Docs say management responsible for slow digital uptake
February 4, 2015 in Medical Technology
January 22, 2015 AT 2:35 PM
We just pointed to a survey that says doctors aren’t embracing digital health technologies. In the name of fairness, we should also point to a survey that says it’s not their fault, but their bosses’.
“The study, ‘Point of Care Communications for Physicians 2014,’ finds that more than 70 percent of physicians surveyed said their employers aren’t investing enough in mobile communication and computing. Those doctors, the study says, have issues with limited planned investments, EHRs that don’t integrate well with mobile devices, and limited on-site support for mobile users. . . . According to the survey, a full 83 percent of doctors say their EHR platforms don’t allow for easy clinical communications via mobile devices – if they even allow something like secure text messaging. That lack of interoperability, the doctors said, makes it difficult to find important clinical data.
In addition, a majority of the physicians surveyed said their ability to provide collaborative, team-based care is hindered by administrations that don’t supply the necessary financial and clinical support.”