While the Electronic Health Record adoption rate has slowly crept up, recent studies show that this technology remains far from universal.
According to a 2011 EHR study done by the Medical Group Management Association, productivity loss during transition is the main barrier to EHR implementation. About 4,500 healthcare organizations nationwide responded, totaling 120,000 physicians. Here are some of the hurdles we vendors face as we try to increase the percentage of EHR users.
- Doc’s fear loss of productivity. Despite not seeing an increase in productivity, nearly 72 percent of EHR users say they’re satisfied with their overall system but only 26.5 percent reported increased productivity since implementation. Productivity schmoductivity. With Practice Fusion that’s not even an issue! Of the hundreds of user testimonials we receive, one of the most common responses is that our EHR actually saves them time, allowing them to focus on more patients and less on allocating hours to sign paper charts.
- Training and time play a key role in their success.
Time allocation is key to a successful EHR implementation. 53.2 percent of respondents said they felt that they either ‘mildly’ or ‘severely’ under-allocated the training time needed during the implementation of their EHR system. Training does take time as there is always a learning curve for those not familiar with technology. But, have no fear: Practice Fusion is here! We don’t leave you hanging; we are by your side, every step of the way.
- HITECH Act is the top motivator.
62.9 percent of those still using paper said they see the HITECH Act and EHR incentives as motivation for going digital. Luckily for our docs, they can literally pocket all of the 44k allocated and use that money to continue to provide top care.
- Show me the money
22 percent of small independent practices say they are getting by with subsidization by a parent organization, business cash reserves and business loans, causing them to resist the digital revolution. Let’s keep in mind that of those surveyed, the top five most commonly used systems were NextGen, Centricity, Epic , Allscripts and eClinicalWorks. Those systems can be quite pricey, especially for the small-practice physicians who have limited funds. This is why Practice Fusion has become the go-to system and the fastest growing EHR community in the country; the best things in life really are free and are worth so much more than those high-priced systems.