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Clinician Perspectives on Electronic Health Information Sharing for Transitions of Care
Doctors Helping Doctors released results of survey of clinicians on electronic health information sharing needs related to transitions of care. The survey was developed and its results released in collaboration with Bipartisan Policy Center, American College of Physicians, AmericanEHR Partners, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons and AMDIS. A second report, Accelerating Electronic Information Sharing to Improve Quality and Reduce Costs in Health Care contains detailed comparison of survey results to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.
Background and Methodology:
The survey was designed with two main goals in mind:
- To gain an understanding of clinician needs and preferences regarding electronic health information sharing necessary to support transitions in care.
- To ensure that clinician preferences inform the public and private sectors as they develop the policies, systems, and infrastructure needed to support electronic health information exchange across settings.
The survey was developed by the American College of Physicians and Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care using an iterative process in which consensus was reached by several groups of physicians with expertise in health IT and care transitions. These groups were presented with at least three iterations of the survey. Feedback was received through group meetings, one-on-one phone conversations with participants, and by email. Input was also sought from other health IT stakeholders including EHR vendors.
The survey was fielded via a number of different mechanisms including:
- AmericanEHR Partners Research Panel opt-in list made up of 3,435 individuals.
- AmericianEHR Partners newsletter and announcement lists (an additional 3,689
- American College of Surgeons weekly newsletter “NewsScope” which included
- approximately 36,000 ACS members.
- Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) via a listserv, which
- included more than 2,000 members.
- American Academy of Pediatrics email list for the American Academy of Pediatrics'
- Council on Clinical Information Technology, which included approximately 250 recipients
Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care
Bipartisan Policy Center