Welcome to Modern Physician's seventh annual Survey of Executive Opinions on Key Information Systems Issues, co-sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Some 288 readers responded to the survey, which was conducted from Sept. 21 through Nov. 19, 2004, on modernphysician.com.
The ranks of respondents include physician leaders of 186 medical groups and independent practice associations and 102 hospitals and hospital-affiliated groups, with titles including partner, department head, chief of staff, medical director, chief medical officer, vice president of medical affairs, president and chief executive officer.
We've diced up the extensive findings into five digestible sections that begin on this page and run through p. 17. The sections cover physician attitudes toward information technology; usage of personal digital assistants; IT knowledge and usage gaps among physicians; IT spending; and adoption of electronic medical records. Complete survey results can be found at modernphysician.com.
Reporter Joseph Conn, who designed the survey, analyzed the results and wrote each of the five stories that make up this issue's cover story package. You can contact Conn at [email protected] We welcome your feedback on this year's results and suggestions on how to make next year's survey bigger and better. Thank you.
-David Burda, editor