Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Electronic Medical Records: New Survey Finds Cost, Productivity Limit Adoption

Most physicians cite concerns about cost and productivity as reasons why they haven't adopted an electronic medical record system in their offices, finds a new survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The survey also found physicians who were most likely to use an EMR or EHR system practiced in an urban area, had practiced for fewer than seven years and worked in practices with at least two other doctors.

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The Academy's research into electronic health records also found:

* 53% of respondents who did not have an EHR/EMR cited cost as the reason;

* 42% of respondents who did not have an EHR in their practice said their practice was concerned about decreased productivity;

* 26% of respondents said they planned to purchase an EMR system in the future; and

* 25% of respondents said they had no plans to adopt an EMR system in their practice.

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