The latest results of the biannual survey, 'Physician Office Usage of Electronic Healthcare Records Software', have been released by SK&A, A Cegedim Company and leading provider of healthcare information solutions and research. The survey states that medical offices owned by hospitals and health systems are the leaders in adopting electronic healthcare records (EHR) technology, with an overall US growth from 36.1 per cent to 38.7 per cent between January and October 2010. The ongoing survey is part of a study of US physician offices, featuring EHR adoption data and summarised market research from 213,500 medical offices representing 643,000 physicians.
Proteus Duxbury, expert in IT healthcare, PA Consulting group, is quoted: “It’s not surprising healthcare-system and hospital-owned medical offices have the highest adoption rates across the board ... Recently added exceptions to Stark Safe Harbor laws have made it possible for primary care physicians to receive aid from healthcare systems, or use the same EMRs, so they become the early adopters who can take the leap of faith with EMR technology.”
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