Barriers to the Adoption of Electronic Health Records by Physicians in Hospitals

An electronic health record (EHR) or Electronic Medical Record (EMR), used interchangeably, is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users. In this paper, CSUN’s “OneSearch” database was used to find peer-reviewed articles to identify barriers to the adoption of EHRs by physicians in hospitals. The adoption of the EHR system varies by hospitals, states, as well as physicians. Factors such as cost, physician resistance, high initial physician time costs, technical challenges, meaningful use, and interoperability were found to create physician resistance towards the adoption of EHRs. Policymakers should take these barriers into consideration that accompany the adoption of the EHR system. Technology is constantly changing and plays a growing role in healthcare delivery. The EHR system varies widely, and for the system to provide of any value, the software will need to be utilized to its full potential.