EHRs Gaining Traction

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Several EHR related studies show a trend toward not only increased adoption of electronic health records technology but also increased benefits for those already using it.


Kalorama Information, a medical market research company, published a report showing a 14.2 percent increase in EHR sales of 2011 over the previous year. The company’s report cited additional investment in EHRs, growing competition, and increased acceptance as reasons for this robust growth.


This report coincides with another study by market research company SK&A said that “small medical offices with one or two physicians in the practice are the fastest-growing segment for adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) software.”


Data collected in the second half of 2011 and presented in the study showed that, for the first time, smaller practices were adopting EHRs at a faster rate than their larger counterparts. Single-doctor offices showed increased rates from 30.8 percent to 36.9 percent, where practices of 6 to 10 doctors showed adoption rates increase about 2 percent.


The study also showed that ownership of medical practices played a role in EHR adoption with those practices owned by hospitals or health systems having a higher rate of adoption than those that were not.

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