2013: The Year of the EHR Switch?

A recent article in HealthCare IT News cites Black Book Rankings showing that “as many as 17 percent of medical practices could be switching out of their first choice EHR by the end of the year.”

17,000 active EHR adopters were interviewed for the study, which found that Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements had made it difficult for some EHR providers to keep up and meet the needs of clients.

“Most concerning to current EHR users are unmet pleas for sophisticated interfaces with other practice programs, complex connectivity and networking schemes, pacing with accountable care progresses and the rapid EHR adoption of mobile devices,” according to the survey.

And while 31 percent of respondents stated that their dissatisfaction was high enough to consider changing systems, many added that internal issues might keep them from making the switch. Reasons to stay with the current EHR? Upcoming mergers and acquisitions, management issues, and internal staff training issues.

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