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2013 Physician Survey | Outlook for the Future Includes EHR

Written by Kaitlyn Houseman | July 9, 2013

Deloitte's 2013 Survey of US Physicians finds they believe the profession's future is decidely different than its past. Their view: the future is practicing in larger organizations using health information technologies (HIT) and team-based models.

The survey posed questions regarding a variety of topic including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), their level of overall satisfaction with practicing medicine, and the benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) meeting Meaningful Use Stage 1 (MU) requirements.

The 2013 data is positioned against a similar survey that was conducted in 2011.

Health care system performance/Affordable Care Act (ACA) - Views of health care system performance and health care reform:

  • 31% give overall health care system performance a favorable report card grade "A" or "B" (down from 25% in 2011)
  • 44% think the Affordable Care Act is a "good start"
  • 28% believe the Affordable Care Act will continue as planned into Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Stage 3

Overall Health Care System Views

Physicians believing that physicians and hospitals will become more integrated in the next 1-3 years, by medical specialty:

  • 66% of all physicians
  • 71% of Primary Care physicians
  • 73% of surgical specialists
  • 61% of non-surgical specialists
  • 63% of other specialists

Views on the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program

  • 66% of physicians report their practice has an electronic health records (EHR) system meeting Meaningful Use Stage 1 criteria. Among those without an EHR, 45% have no plans to adopt the software.
  • Three in five physicians are satisfied with their current EHR system

Benefits to Using an EHR system:

  • 74% of physicians reported faster and more accurate billing
  • 67% of physicians reported time saved via e-prescribing
  • 67% of physicians report improved communication and care coordination capabilities with other EHR users

Barries to EHR Adoption

  • 72% said the upfront financial investment
  • 70% listed the additional burden to implement the system, once the decision to buy an EHR has been made
  • 56% saw the EHR/EMR maintenance costs being a barrier to adoption

About the survey

Starting in 2011, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions annually surveys a nationally representative sample of up to approximately 600 U.S. primary care and specialist physicians to understand their perspectives and attitudes about health care reform, the future of the medical profession, and HIT. Visit to read the reports.

The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions works each year to identify global, national, and local trends. We survey consumers, physicians, and employers to examine market responses and develop insights that help companies understand what’s happening – what will happen next – and what to do about it. Learn more at

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