A new Sharecare survey indicates that, for two-thirds of physicians, integrating an Electronic Medical Records software system is among their practice’s challenges. The 2012 National Physicians Survey also exposes the effect the changing healthcare landscape is having on solo practitioners, with 22 percent of respondents saying they are currently considering joining an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
The same percentage of providers being challenged by EMR integration feels that EMR systems will have a neutral to positive effect on business. The survey of nearly 1200 providers in more than 75 medical specialties additionally found that 20% of doctors are using smartphones and 12% are using tablets in a clinical capacity, and almost a third are using laptop computers for electronic prescriptions and EMR access.
Meanwhile, a new report from the Government Accountability Office corroborates a 2011 Centers for Disease Control report in finding that 57% of Medicare-participating physicians used an EMR software system at their primary practice location in 2011. Microwize Technology, a leading healthcare technology consultant, can help install, implement, and train on EMRs like McKesson Practice Choice, Lytec MD, and Allscripts MyWay.