Rating EMR Adoption on a Scale from 0 to 10

Posted on April 15, 2011 I Written By

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I found this article on an investing website that asked Merge CEO, Jeff Surges, to rate EMR adoption on a scale from 0 to 10. Here’s his answer.

On a scale of zero (doctors scribbling notes on scraps of paper) to 10 (a seamless, integrated system of interoperability where your medical records are implanted in your earlobe), our country’s health-care system is now about a 3, according to Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq: MRGE). But with an array of tailwinds ushering in a new era of technology in the arena, he expects we’ll be a 6 within the next 24 months.

I’m not sure I’d go as high as a 6 in the next 2 years, but we’re going to definitely see an increase in adoption in the next 2 years. I’d give EMR adoption in 2 years a 5 out of 10.