Ambulatory Docs Still Not Buying EMR Software

Posted on March 5, 2010 I Written By

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HISTalk had this insightful point:

From Day Tripper: “Re: ambulatory EMR vendors. I asked several EMR vendors if they have seen a big increase in buyers, especially now that we at least have the interim final use definitions. The general consensus is that many physicians are still dragging their feet.” I’ve heard that comment as well. Either because of fear or because it sounds like a good excuse, many physicians are waiting until the MU guidelines are truly final and the certifying entities are identified. Perhaps a minority of physicians are savvy to understand that the RECs will offer some free implementation services so they are waiting for those to ramp up. And, likely others are waiting to see what opportunities their hospitals may offer to affiliated physicians. In other words, if you are looking for an excuse to not move forward, there are plenty to choose from.

I ask a number of EMR vendors the same question. A few had seen some increase, but for the most part they were all still waiting. I think Inga’s comment that there being plenty of excuses to not implement is true. This is unfortunate, since before the EMR stimulus most of the excuses had played themselves out and nearly disappeared. It seems that the EMR stimulus offered up a new set.

I will say that I’m not so sure how much “free” help the RECs will end up giving. I really wonder what most of them are going to do. One of my projects since HIMSS is to make contact with a number of the RECs.