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Results of our Survey: Are You Using EMR?

With just over 100 responses to our EMR survey (and counting), I decided to go ahead and post the results thus far. Reader responses are listed in decreasing order, from most votes to least.

Question #1 – Our practice is currently using:

  1. EMR on a limited basis – 30%
  2. EMR to a significant degree – 26%
  3. ePrescribing only – 25%
  4. No EMR, just practice management – 17%

Question #2 – My role in the practice is:

  1. Administration – 32%
  2. IT (information technology) – 28%
  3. Clinical/Medical Tech – 22%
  4. Physician/Partner – 18%

Question #3 – We anticipate the costs of EMR to our practice will be:

  1. More than $10K per provider – 46%
  2. Not sure, we have not made the transition yet – 24%
  3. Between $5K and $10K per provider – 20%
  4. Less than $5K per provider – 8%

Question #4 – Our biggest obstacle to EMR implementation is/was:

  1. Physician resistance – 32%
  2. Lack of useful information/not knowing where to start – 26%
  3. Uncertainty about which system to get – 26%
  4. Cost – 15%

Question #5 – Our practice size/situation is:

  1. Solo practitioner – 50%
  2. Small group, 2-5 physicians – 31%
  3. Mid-size group, 6-12 physicians – 12%
  4. Large group, less than 40 physicians – 3%
  5. Mega-group or clinic, more than 40 physicians – 3%

The most interesting answers I think were to questions 3 and 4. A majority of respondents feel that the cost of EMR implementation will be at least $10K per provider and that physician resistance is the most common obstacle. I am actually not surprised about that last one as that was a major issue in our practice.

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