Pulse+IT Poll: August 8 – Some happy, some not

Often our most read stories relate to issues with the implementation of large hospital clinical systems. Given the sums of money involved and the effects on both clinical and administrative workflows, such projects – which typically run over many years – are always topical.

While the computerisation of medical records in general and specialist practices is far more established and receives less attention, the recent launch of several web-based clinical software offerings provides practices with an opportunity to consider how their existing software stacks up.

In this week's poll, we asked:

If you use clinical software or a hospital EMR, where do you sit on a sliding scale from not happy at all (1) to very happy (5)?

The results as at COB on Monday, August 15 were as follows:

If you use clinical software or a hospital EMR, where do you sit on a sliding scale from not happy at all (1) to very happy (5)?
Edition 1 2 3 4 5 Total
Tuesday 5 (16%) 9 (29%) 8 (26%) 5 (16%) 4 (13%) 31
Wednesday 6 (26%) 6 (26%) 4 (17%) 5 (22%) 2 (9%) 23
Thursday 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 2 (14%) 14
Friday 9 (36%) 6 (24%) 5 (20%) 3 (12%) 2 (8%) 25
Total 21 (23%) 19 (20%) 19 (20%) 18 (19%) 10 (11%) 93

With the relatively small number of responses in this poll spread fairly evenly across the scale, it's difficult to draw many conclusions from the data. It appears more people are very unhappy (21) with their software than are very happy (10), with the bulk of the responses falling somewhere in between.

This week's Pulse+IT Poll question is: Will the census debacle affect the public’s acceptance of an opt-out My Health Record?

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Tags: My Health Record, Electronic medical record (EMR), Clinical software

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