Use of electronic health records (EHRs) has more than doubled among US ophthalmologists in the last decade, yet most of these physicians perceive EHRs as decreasing their productivity and increasing office costs, according to a cross-sectional survey study published online December 28 in JAMA Ophthalmology, as reported in Medscape.
"The adoption rate for ophthalmologists in our survey (72.1%) was in line with that of other specialties," report Michele C. Lim, MD, from the University of California, Davis, in Sacramento, and colleagues.
The researchers emailed surveys to 2000 ophthalmologists out of more than 18,000 active US members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2015 to 2016. A random selection from mailing address Zip codes generated the sample, and survey responses remained anonymous. "This sampling process was intended to provide a geographically diverse population of ophthalmologists while minimizing the opportunity for multiple responses from physicians who practiced within the same group," the authors explain in their article.