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Most Doctors Aren’t Using Electronic Medical Records

August 5, 2008

Most Doctors Aren’t Using Electronic Medical Records

Huliq News, July 28, 2008

Although we’ve blogged about the growing number of medical practices that are adopting the use of electronic medical records (EMRs), this article suggests that many small practices are shying away from the trend. According to a New York Times report, a survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that less than 9 percent of physicians in small office practices use EMRs? The reason? Most of them can’t afford to purchase the software or aren’t sure which EMR to purchase.

So why the small percentage when, after all, EMRs are designed to improve patient care and decrease costs to the healthcare systems? According to the author of this article, the medical fate of a patient shouldn’t be left to a computer program. From costs, to financial incentives, to patient privacy, the author shares his thee reasons why private practices are slow to adopt EMRs. Check them out and let us know your thoughts on doctors and EMRs.

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