Physician practices are on the information technology hot seat these days. Everyone from industry trade groups to the federal government has announced initiatives to encourage them to adopt electronic medical records. Moreover, the technology has advanced enough to merit the investment, even by penny-pinching, under-automated medical groups.
But getting EMRs into the exam rooms of the more than 470,000 office-based physicians could take decades. Imagine each office deciding on its own whether and when to adopt an EMR, handling its own vendor search, and orchestrating its own implementation. Thatâ€™s an unlikely scenario, considering most physicians still practice in offices with fewer than 10 employees, including themselves.