Perspectives

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This weekly series explores breaking news and developments in the U.S. health care industry, examines key issues facing life sciences and health care companies and provides updates and insights on policy, regulatory and legislative changes. 

Perspectives

Health Care Current Library

This weekly series explores breaking news and developments in the U.S. health care industry, examines key issues facing life sciences and health care companies and provides updates and insights on policy, regulatory and legislative changes. 

Perspectives

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Discover a future where technology streamlines the health care experience for consumers, practitioners, hospitals, pharmacies and other stakeholders.

Analysis

Deloitte Survey of US Physicians

Physician insights on health reform, health IT, and the future of medicine

The Deloitte Survey of US Physicians provides data-driven insights on physicians’ perceptions of the health care system and their thoughts on health care reform. Research conclusions include their perspectives and attitudes about health care reform, the future of the medical profession and health IT.

2014 health IT findings

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Deloitte’s 2014 Survey of U.S. Physicians examined physicians’ current use and overall views of mHealth technologies, Meaningful Use, and electronic health records.

 

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Physician adoption of health information technology

Powerful market forces exerted by health care reform, health plans and consumers are accelerating awareness and adoption of health information technologies (HIT) in medical practices. Yet widespread adoption and optimal utilization of HIT remain problematic for the majority of U.S. physicians, with implementation and operational integration costs major concerns.

This report assesses physicians’ current use and overall views of electronic health records (EHRs), patient support tools and mobile health technologies from the Deloitte 2013 Survey of U.S. Physicians. HIT in its many forms is the cornerstone of health care system transformation. It is the requisite toolkit whereby clinicians, care teams and their patients will participate effectively in models of care that reward value over volume and capture data required in public performance reporting. 

Implementing an HIT strategy by physicians acting independently or with business partners requires answering key questions and carefully considering factors including assembling the right team; capable physician leadership; adequate capital for infrastructure; effective operational integration; and data.

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Perspectives about health care reform and the future of the medical profession

Most U.S. physicians are concerned that the future of the medical profession may be in jeopardy and consider many changes in the market to be a threat. They believe that the performance of the U.S. health care system is suboptimal, but the Affordable Care Act is a good start to addressing issues of access and cost.

Most also believe that…

Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements may be problematic, prompting many physicians to limit or close their practices to these enrollees.

Physician-hospital integration is expected to increase.

Clinical decision support information technologies that reduce unnecessary services and increase clinician adherence to evidence-based practices are of interest to physicians.

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Future of the physician profession is a new path

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2013 Deloitte Survey of U.S. Physicians: Perspectives about health care reform and the future of the medical profession

 

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​Survey methodology

Since 2011, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions has annually polled a nationally representative sample of the U.S. physician population to understand perspectives and attitudes about health care.

In 2014, a random sample of U.S. primary care and specialist physicians was selected from the American Medical Association’s (AMA) master file of physicians. Invitation letters describing the nature of the survey and honorarium were mailed to physicians via postal mail.  Those interested in participating were directed to a website where the web-based questionnaire was completed online. The survey took approximately 22 minutes to complete. Survey data were collected June 2-23, 2014. 561 physicians completed the survey. 

Data are weighted to reflect the national distribution of physicians in the AMA master file by years in practice, gender, region and medical specialty. The margin of error is +/- 3.89 percent at the .95 confidence level.

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Meet the authors

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Director of Research | Center for Health Solutions

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Harry Greenspun, MD

Harry Greenspun, MD

Director | Center for Health Solutions

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