Well, not exactly your grandmother, but a report in Management Science states that nursing homes are leading the rest of the healthcare field in overall adoption of electronic medical records.
Why? Apparently, as states adopt more stringent privacy laws, there has been a negative impact on record sharing – as much as a 24% decrease. They also found that when one a hospital implements EMR that it increases the likelihood of other hospitals doing the same by about 7%. The same probably doesn’t hold true for individual medical practices.
With the new ARRA legislation, every non-physician out there sees a lot of money to be made – from software to services to consulting. But many doctors are still taking a “wait-and-see” approach until some of the more specific mandates are finalized.