Epocrates’ “Future Physicians of America” Survey Reveals That Medical Students Embrace Patient-Centered Care

WATERTOWN, Mass., Sept. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Despite personal challenges and the unknown impact of governmental regulation on the U.S. healthcare system, medical students are determined to make a difference in future patients’ lives by capitalizing on technology and focusing on patient-centered care. The eighth annual Future Physicians of America survey conducted by Epocrates, Inc., an athenahealth company (Nasdaq:ATHN), also reveals that medical students have mixed knowledge and understanding about key health care issues.

More than 1,000 medical students, representing all 50 U.S. states, shared their opinions about topics impacting the medical profession in this survey. Key findings include:

Matt Emery, a second-year student at Wake Forest Medical School in Winston-Salem, N.C., believes that the dynamic of interacting with patients is changing. “Say you have patients with type 2 diabetes. We can’t force them do to what they should do, but we can find out what’s preventing them from taking their medications, checking their glucose, exercising, and eating right. We need to understand what’s going on in a person’s life before we can hope to successfully treat them.”

Notably, knowledge seems to bring more favorable opinions about ACOs’ potential benefits. Of the informed students, 41 percent think ACOs will have a positive or somewhat positive effect, compared to 13 percent of the uninformed students.

Harrison Cotler, a third-year medical student at Rowan University in New Jersey, underscores the need for this training: “Opening up a private practice in the world of ACOs and bigger groups is equivalent to opening up a mom-and-pop shop next to a huge chain store. You can’t just practice medicine anymore; you have to be business savvy too.”

More information about results of this year’s Future Physicians of America survey can be found here http://bit.ly/U9gAHk

Epocrates continues to invest in education and quality care by offering free subscriptions of Epocrates® Essentials to all U.S. medical students. During Epocrates’ month-long back-to-school campaign, Epocrates provided more than 10,000 medical students with complimentary Epocrates Essentials subscriptions ($159.99 value), which gives them valuable decision support tools including lab interpretation guides, evidence-based treatment guidelines, differential diagnoses, and disease images. Medical students interested in a free subscription should visit Epocrates at http://bit.ly/15KznSj

Additionally, the Epocrates EDU program, launched earlier this year, provides educational institutions with affordable subscription options to Epocrates premium products for its faculty, students, and administrators. For more information visit http://bit.ly/13E6PMB

About Epocrates, Inc.

Epocrates, Inc., an athenahealth company, is recognized for developing the #1 medical application among U.S. physicians for clinical content, practice tools, and health industry engagement at the point of care. Epocrates has established a loyal network of more than one million health care professionals, including 50 percent of U.S. physicians, who routinely use its intuitive solutions to help streamline workflow and improve patient care. For more information, please visit www.epocrates.com/company.

About athenahealth, Inc.

athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination. athenahealth’s mission is to be caregivers’ most trusted service, helping them do well doing the right thing. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com.

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