Posted by: AtlasMD

November 19, 2013

Despite EHRs, Healthcare Still “Buried In Paperwork,” Says Survey

We’re curious what the paperwork verdict’s going to be with the recent ACA enactment. Assuming that people can sign up and that fee-for-service docs accept the new plans, will doctors be overwhelmed by additional paperwork? According to this survey from Anoto, who develops digital pen and paper technology, respondents said that “paper is still too embedded in the culture, that technology adoption is too expensive and that switching to an electronic system requires too much training and disrupts care delivery.”

Interestingly enough, these same survey respondents believed that the paperwork burden would increase once the Affordable Care Act was enacted.


Here are some other survey results:

  • Sixty-three percent of respondents said they spend between 25% – 75% of their workday drafting or processing paperwork.
  • Nearly 80% of respondents were still using paper records, despite either having or currently implementing an EHR system.
  • Approximately 80% of respondents thought that the PPACA will either increase the amount of paperwork or at best, keep it the same.

So doctors, fee-for-service specifically, have you noticed any fluctuation in paperwork now that Obamacare’s arrived?