Pfizer recently announced results of an online survey that shows physicians are more likely to report drug side effects through an EHR system, as compared to traditional paper reporting. In addition, nearly 60 percent of survey respondents thought that the use of EHRs for adverse event reporting would improve patient care.
Of the 300 physicians surveyed, two-thirds utilized some form of an EHR system and one-third used a paper-based system. 50 percent of total respondents and 60% of respondents who are EHR users reported they would be more likely to report drug data using an EHR system. This study also confirmed a common barrier to EHR adoption; of those still using paper-based systems, 80 percent cited cost as the major deterrent.