Evaluation of the Personal Health Record Pilot for Medicare Fee-For Service Enrollees from South Carolina. Discussion Group with Providers


Discussion topics for the meeting with providers covered provider experiences using health information technology, provider understanding of PHRs, challenges and enablers using PHRs, perceived impact of PHRs to provider workflow and suggestions for future PHR development.  Below we provide a summary of key results and preliminary conclusions.

The results of the pre-discussion screener indicate that participating providers had a broad range of experience using health information technology.  Three providers knew about MyPHRSC prior to November; three providers reported using EMRs in their practices; and one provider reported having patients who used PHRs.  Providers who participated came from a variety of practice types in locations throughout South Carolina, with most providers working in family practice and internal medicine, as well as one chiropractor and one optometrist.  Provider experience varied from 12-38 years in practice; with the majority of providers practicing for 18 years or longer.  The results of the pre-discussion screener are included in the Appendix 11.

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