Physicians In Physician Owned ASCs Happier With Electronic Health Records

Posted Jan 5, 2023 under:

Data shows physicians in physician-owned practices are happier with EHR reporting than non-physician owned locations 

The introduction and increased use of electronic health records (EHRs) has had many benefits for clinical practice and quality.

The study concludes that those working in physician-owned practices are more likely to have adequate support services.

EHRs can help improve communication between healthcare providers, as patient information is easily accessible to authorized users.

This piece was last updated on 4/12/24 to reflect current information and statistics.

An April 21st study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and published in JAMA Network Open, shows physicians operating at physician-owned practices are happier with their electronic health records (EHRs) in comparison to non-physician owned settings, such as a hospital system.  The report utilized data from the National Electronic Health Records Survey, which involved 1,368 physicians. 


Highlights of findings are: 

  • 68.1-percent of those in physician-owned practices reported being satisfied with their EHRs. This was nearly 10-percent increase from those not working in physician-owned practices (58.5-percent). 
  • Those inside physician-owned practices reported higher satisfaction with support for staff documentation (36-percent) in comparison to their counterparts (26.7-percent). 
  • Employees in physician-owned practices reported that they had adequate time for documentation (45%), whereas those in hospitals (32.4%) reported they did not.

Physician-owned practices and EHRs

The study concludes that those working in physician-owned practices are more likely to have adequate support services. They may also have a more positive outlook on documentation. Consequently, they would be more satisfied with their EHRs. 

“The workflow and cultural forces underlying these differences are important to understand in the setting of known differences in burnout by practice ownership type and ongoing physician group consolidation and acquisition by health care systems,” the study states. 

The report adds to a growing dynamic comparing private practices with those organized by hospitals and health systems. Therefore, the study shows that the culture and relative freedom provided through physician-owned practices creates higher satisfaction among employees regarding EHRs. 



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