Survey: Doctor Groups Ready To Purchase EHR Systems in Near Future

Half of more than 1,300 surveyed physician practices anticipate purchasing an electronic health record system during the next two years, according to a report by the advisory and research firm CapSite, Health Data Management reports.

Of the remaining practices, 70% say they already have an EHR system that is capable of supporting meaningful use criteria under the federal health reform law, according to the survey.

The survey of both independent and hospital-owned practices also found that:

  • Ambulatory IT purchasing would nearly double 2010 levels (Goedert, Health Data Management, 6/21);
  • Ambulatory practice management and EHR systems will make up a $3 billion market through 2013 (Ritchie, "CincyBiz Blog," Greater Cincinnati Business Courier, 6/22); and
  • 63% of respondents will replace their current management system with an integrated practice management/EHR system.

Vendor Share of Market

The survey also provided details on the leading EHR vendors relative to physician practice size.

For example, the survey found that Allscripts and eClinicalWorks are the leading EHR vendors considered by practices of one or two physicians, while Epic leads among practices with more than 101 physicians (Health Data Management, 6/21).

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