The people over at Software advice ran a poll asking essentially whether the HITECH act had created EMR buyers or just brought out the EMR Tire Kickers. Sadly, only 74 people responded. I wish I would have known about it and I would have promoted the poll so we had a wider audience voting to get a more interesting set of data.
The poll did essentially say that right now it’s brought out the tire kickers. I’ve been talking for a while now about how the HITECH act would actually slow EMR adoption (at least in the short term for sure). This poll basically agrees with that prediction.
The question remains whether those EMR tire kickers will turn into EMR sales. I’d be really interested to see the results of the same poll in say February or March. I think we’re going to see a tremendous increase in EMR purchases at that point in time.