Value of EHRs seen by physicians—but potential unreached, study says

As electronic health records become ever more ubiquitous, physicians appreciate the value they bring to the hospital setting but would like to see them take things a step further, according to a new study.

The survey from Stanford Medicine and conducted by the Harris Poll sought answers on the current state of EHRs, the impact the technology has on their satisfaction levels, and their potential as clinical tools.

Among the findings is that 44 percent believe that the primary value of EHRs is data storage, while only 3 percent valued its clinical abilities, decision support and patient engagement. According to respondents, EHRs need better interoperability and improved analytics capabilities—as well as integrated financial information. To see the full study, click here.

"EHRs have transformed how health care is documented in the U.S., but for all the information we've now captured digitally, we are rarely wiser as a result," said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. “Insights that could lead to better patient care or new medical discoveries remain buried within piles of disconnected data.”

As the most data-rich environment in medicine, cardiology and its various modalities are not being served well by EHRs. Because they are not data tools, traditional EHRs alone do not collect granular data on the scale that is needed for structured reporting. On the other hand, a cardiovascular information system (CVIS) includes tens of thousands of data elements that make a patient’s complete longitudinal record available in one view. To learn how your heart center can benefit from a true CVIS, visit or email

Posted by Jana Ballinger 07/19/2018 Categories: Analytics CVIS EHRs Health IT Interoperability