Here are some key findings from the study.
Ambulatory electronic health record adoption
• Seventy-three percent of respondents reported having purchased an ambulatory EHR solution.
• Thirty-three percent of hospital-owned physician groups reported using EHR systems by Epic, whereas thirty-eight percent of free-standing physician groups reported using an EHR system other than the one developed by a major vendor.
• Of the approximately 100 physician groups with more than 101 physicians polled for the study, 41 percent reported using an EHR system by Epic.
• Sixty-five percent of respondents reported that they are not planning to purchase, replace or upgrade their ambulatory EHR system.
• Seventeen percent reported that they will upgrade a current solution, 12 percent reported purchasing a new solution and 6 percent reported replacing a current solution.
• Of the physician groups looking to purchase, upgrade or replace an EHR system, nearly 80 percent reported that they will do so in the next seven to 12 months.
• Survey respondents identified the following factors as the largest drivers of ambulatory EHR purchases. (Figures represent the portion of respondents who reported each factor to be the m ost important driver.)
- Making the practice more efficient — 36 percent
- Increasing quality of care delivered by the practice — 21 percent
- Making it easier to share patient data between facilities — 17 percent
- Getting American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding — 11 percent
- Reducing medical errors — 3 percent
- Other — 12 percent
Practice management solutions adoption
• Twenty-one percent of hospital-owned physician groups reported using a practice management solution by Epic, whereas thirty-six percent of free-standing physician groups reported using a practice management solution other than the one developed by a major vendor.
• Nearly 30 percent of freestanding physician groups and nearly 60 percent of hospital-owned groups reported purchasing their current practice management solution before 2006.
• Seventy-four percent of respondents reported that they will not purchase a new or upgrade an existing practice management solution.
• Of the physician groups looking to purchase, upgrade or replace a practice management solution, approximately 60 percent reported that they will do so in the next one to two years.
• Fifty-two percent of respondents reported that they would not consider replacing their current practice management solution with an integrated practice management-EHR solution.
• Thirty percent of respondents reported that their practice would replace their current practice management or EHR solution if their current vendor was purchased by another vendor.
• Sixty percent of physician groups reported having successfully attested to stage 1 of meaningful use, and 48 percent have received incentive payments for attestation.
• A little more than 30 percent of respondents reported being confident that their current practice management or EHR solution will be able to meet stage 2 meaningful use criteria.
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