Even when healthcare organizations have implemented electronic medical-record systems, most continue to print out paper copies of reports, according to a Web site poll for members of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Of those responding, 59% said laboratory reports continue to be printed and distributed on paper; 54% said imaging reports are printed and distributed; and 55% print and distribute paper health information management reports.
Some respondents explained that they still have physicians without EMRs or who still maintain paper records and these doctors like to have a hard copy for their files. Others reported interoperability problems between systems.
Shouldnt but do, commented one respondent. Old habits die hard!
Trying to wean them off, wrote another. Old school docs still want them faxed.
The poll was posted on CHIMEs Web site and accessible only to the organizations 1,100 members with 83 people responding. A CHIME spokeswoman said the organization usually receives a larger response to its Web site polls, but this particular poll was aimed at members and organizations with EMRs already implemented.
In another poll, which had 126 respondents, 40% said they had an EMR in use, another 40% were in the implementation phase, and 14% were in the process of selecting an EMR. -- by Andis Robeznieks