June 14, 2012
This year’s PSI tells a story of over-burdened physicians who are deeply concerned about the future of medicine.
Watertown and Cambridge, MA —
athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and care coordination services to medical groups, and SERMO, the world’s largest online community for physicians, today announced the findings from the third annual Physician Sentiment Index (PSI). Five hundred physicians representing a wide range of specialties and practice sizes responded to the survey. To view the full 2012 PSI findings, visit here.
This year’s PSI tells a story of over-burdened physicians who are deeply concerned about the future of medicine. These data suggest the chief distractions affecting physicians’ ability to provide the best care for patients center on government intervention, increased utilization of and frustration with EHRs, and administrative burdens. All told, these distractions have diminished physicians’ optimism around their ability to deliver quality care and remain viable, profitable practices.
“There is a lot of “stuff” going on in health care that is making the noble pursuit of the MD degree a lot less attractive,” said Jonathan Bush, athenahealth CEO and Chairman. “Government involvement, ill-designed EHRs, and administrative complexities are encroaching on the sacred relationship between the physician and the patient and the ability for that doctor to be fully present at the point of care.”
“U.S. health care is changing rapidly, but time and again policymakers aren’t listening to the physician perspective,” said Jon Michaeli, VP of Membership for SERMO. “As a result physicians feel disempowered to influence change, and hence they are more disenchanted with their profession and less connected to patients than ever. At SERMO, we advocate on behalf of our community by voicing their expert opinions to constituents in the healthcare system and helping this country move towards better patient outcomes, efficiently, at sustainable cost.”
athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth's service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and care coordination services. For more information, please visit http://www.athenahealth.com or call 888-652-8200.
SERMO is the largest online physician community in the United States, with more than 125,000 physicians spanning 68 specialties. All SERMO members are verified and credentialed physicians who collaborate on cases and exchange observations to improve patient care, discuss drugs and devices and share information on new therapies and innovations. SERMO also provides a way to target and engage physicians by providing access to its community for clients that need fast, actionable insights into treatments, medications and devices.
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