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This weekly series explores breaking news and developments in the US 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 US 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.

Infographic: 2014 health IT findings

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Physician adoption of health IT highlights

Infographic highlights include:

  • Nine out of ten physicians surveyed say they are interested in mHealth technology.
  • 24 percent of physicians surveyed report use of mHealth technologies; of these, half use daily.
  • 38 percent of physicians surveyed say that "monitoring patients conditions and adherence" is a potential benefit of mHealth.
  • 43 percent of physicians surveyed say that "security and privacy of protected information" is a constraint of mHealth.
  • Three out of four physicians surveyed report Electronic Health Records (EHR) increase costs and do not save time, but 60 percent think they support value-based care.

"Innovations in technology and evidence-based practices are closely watched; physicians are receptive, provided that evidence of safety and efficacy is readily accessible."

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.

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.

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. 

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

Most US 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 US health care system is suboptimal, but the Affordable Care Act is a good start to addressing issues of access and cost.

Most US physicians 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.

This report highlights why transparency, data sharing, active engagement, and affirmation of the value of physicians by health care organizations is needed for effective business relationships.

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Infographic: 2013 Deloitte Survey of US Physicians

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2013 Survey of US Physicians infographic highlights

Infographic highlights include:

  • 31 percent of physicians surveyed give the overall health care system performance an favorable report card grade "A" and "B" (35 percent in 2011).
  • 66 percent of all physicians surveyed believe that physicians and hospitals willbecome more integrated in the next one to three years.
  • Seven in ten physicians surveyed (65 percent) are satisfied with practicing medicine.
  • 74 percent cited "Faster and more accurate billing for services" as a benefit to using an EHR system.
  • 72 percent cited "upfront financial investment" as a barrier to EHR system adoption.
 

​Survey methodology

US primary care and specialist physicians were selected from the American Medical Association’s (AMA) master file of physicians to complete this survey.

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

In 2014, a random sample of US 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 was 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, M.D.

Harry Greenspun, M.D.

Director | Deloitte Center for Health Solutions

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