Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – Analyzing Trends, Technologies, Physicians’ Adoption and Perceptions, Use Barriers and Opportunities, and Future Prospects

Pages: 63 Published: June 30, 2022 Report Code: GDHCHT329

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have long been touted as a key element for achieving more efficient healthcare. One of the primary aims of EHRs was to improve data flow within healthcare systems, to enhance day-to-day operations and patient care. With EHRs becoming more integrated and technologically advanced, and an increasing number of governments supporting their nationwide implementation, EHR uptake has grown significantly. Nevertheless, several issues, including a lack of standardization, interoperability, data safety, and user acceptance, have emerged as obstacles for their wider uptake.

The electronic health records report assesses the state of EHRs in the US, Japan, China, and the 5EU (France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK). The report also examines healthcare provider satisfaction with EHRs and assesses the role of EHRs in achieving better patient outcomes.

Key Findings

  • Early implementation of EHR systems does not always result in a higher satisfaction rate. For example, while the majority of the HCPs from Japan were satisfied with their EHRs, satisfaction levels were the lowest of all surveyed markets.
  • The benefits for patients include convenience, better quality of care, improved access to medical information, and easier drug prescription. For HCPs, EHRs can help to reduce paperwork burden, provide a comprehensive view of the patient, and help to improve disease diagnosis and patient outcomes.
  • Some of the most common barriers associated with adoption of EHRs include privacy and data security concerns, technical limitations, lack of interoperability and standardization, user resistance, and high set-up costs.

Importance of EHRs

  • EHRs are becoming an integral part of healthcare systems and a driving force for adoption of innovative, data-driven treatment approaches.
  • Tracking, storing, and leveraging patient data is critical to healthcare systems, as it offers an effective way to make it accessible to healthcare providers and patients to support their healthcare needs.
  • EHRs can be also tapped by the pharmaceutical and research industries to yield insights to improve patient outcomes and inform regulatory and payer decision-making.

Benefits of EHRs

The key benefits of EHRs are as follows:

  • EHRs can provide convenience, better quality of care, improved access to medical information, and easier drug prescription, particularly for those living in remote areas.
  • EHRs can help to reduce paperwork burden, provide a comprehensive view of the patient, and help to improve disease diagnosis and patient outcomes.
  • EHRs can bring operational cost savings, help to enhance data privacy and security, as well as enable seamless access to up-to-date patient healthcare records across multiple providers of health services.

Implementation of EHRs in Key Countries

The key countries where EHRs are being implemented are the US, Europe, Japan, and China.

Academic medical centers, governmental organizations, and industry players began developing various types of EHR systems from the 1960s, but EHRs only became more widespread in the US a few decades ago. In 2004, President George Bush advanced the move towards a wider adoption of EHRs by setting a goal to ensure that every American would have an EHR by 2014. President Obama incorporated EHR into his 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by approving billions of dollars in spending to promote the implementation and use of EHRs by 2015. It was also announced that after 2015, healthcare providers that failed to implement EHRs would face payment penalties from Medicare.

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Market Report Overview

Key countries The US, Europe, Japan, and China


  • This report combines information obtained from secondary sources and primary research with healthcare industry professionals, and physicians from different therapy areas (oncology, hematology, cardiology, thoracic surgery, and nephrology).
  • The online surveys with healthcare industry professionals were conducted between 2020–22.
  • The online polls with healthcare industry professionals and surveys with physicians were conducted between January–May 2022.

Components of the report include:

  • EHR Overview – an overview of electronic health records, including benefits and barriers to adoption.
  • Implementation of EHRs in the US, Europe, Japan, and China – A review of the EHR sector in each market, including online survey data.
  • Use of EHRs in the US, Europe, Japan, and China – A review of the use of EHRs and satisfaction with these health records in the US, Europe, China and Japan, including online survey data.
  • EHR – Future Prospects – A review of the future trends and technologies that are having influence on the uptake of EHRs.

Reasons to Buy

  • Get an overview on how EHRs are being used today and how this technology is expected to affect the healthcare sector in the future.
  • See how physicians’ use of EHRs is changing in the US, Europe, Japan, and China.
  • Explore physicians’ perception and attitude toward implementation of EHRs.
  • Examine how the industry trends and emerging technologies are driving EHR adoption.
  • Assess governments’ role in advancing the implementation of EHRs.

Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents (PowerPoint Deck)

1.1 Study Design

1.1.1 Objectives and Design

1.1.2 Survey Respondent Mix

1.1.3 Survey Respondent Profiles

1.2 Key Findings

1.3 EHR Overview

1.3.1 What Are EHRs?

1.3.2 Importance of EHRs

1.3.3 What Are the Benefits of EHRs?

1.3.4 Common Barriers Associated with Implementation of EHRs

1.3.5 Technical and Operational Readiness for EHR Systems

1.3.6 EHRs – One of the Most Impactful Industry Trends

1.4 Implementation of EHRs in the US, Europe, Japan, and China

1.4.1 EHRs in the US

1.4.2 Hospital and Physician Adoption of EHRs in the US

1.4.3 Certified EHR Adoption in US States

1.4.4 EHR Uptake in the US

1.4.5 EHRs in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK

1.4.6 Implementation and Use of EHRs in Italian Regions

1.4.7 Use of EHRs in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK

1.4.8 Adoption of EHRs in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK

1.4.9 EHRs in China and Japan

1.4.10 Implementation of EHRs in Japan

1.4.11 Use of EHRs in China and Japan

1.4.12 Implementation of EHRs in China and Japan

1.5 Use of EHRs – Physician Perspective

1.5.1 EHRs – Access Frequency

1.5.2 Satisfaction with EHRs – US Data

1.5.3 Satisfaction with EHRs – Europe

1.5.4 Satisfaction with EHRs – China and Japan

1.5.5 EHR Implementation and Quality of Care

1.5.6 EHR Information Sharing

1.6 EHRs – Future Prospects

1.6.1 The Future of EHRs

1.6.2 Key Prerequisites for the Successful Adoption of EHRs

1.6.3 Grants – A Way to Support EHR Adoption

1.6.4 Use of EHR in Clinical Trials

1.6.5 Digital Health – Industry Trends Accelerated the Most by EHRs

1.6.6 Solving Interoperability of EHRs

1.6.7 Success of UK’s NHS App Roll Out

1.6.8 Emerging Technologies Supporting EHR Innovations

1.6.9 Enhancing EHRs with AI

1.6.10 Exploring the Use of Blockchain in EHRs

1.7 Summary of Key Findings

1.8 Appendix

1.8.1 About the Authors

1.8.2 Bibliography

1.9 Contact Us

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