Is EMR Adoption on the Rise? Or is the market frozen until next year?

I got a note from the nice folks at Software Advice reminding us that this Friday marks the close of the first reporting period for Recovery Act funds. Any grants or loans awarded between February 17th (the signing of the bill) and September 30th will be reported in the survey (and subsequently show up at www.recovery.gov).

We are all especially eager in the healthcare community to see the results of reporting to find out if the Stimulus Bill has had any impact on EMR adoption rates. I personally don’t think there is much uptick and in fact I think the bill probably has frozen more customers into waiting than encouraging them to buy.

But, Houston Neal at Software Advice is running a survey to see if the community can answer the following questions – are more doctors buying EMRs as a result of incentives? Or has the bill simply reinvigorated research?

Click here to participate in the survey: Obama’s EMR/EHR Stimulus of 2009 – Creating Buyers or Tire Kickers?.

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4 thoughts on “Is EMR Adoption on the Rise? Or is the market frozen until next year?

  1. There’s no doubt that interest in EMR software has NEVER been higher. However, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve definitely hit a value in EMR software purchases. No need to get a survey for that.

  2. The recently endorsed stimulus package could hurry the adoption of health IT . The stimulus package provides a net of about $20 billion in Medicare and Medicaid bonuses over 10 years to physicians, hospitals and others that have adopted certified EHRs.

    Maybe that will increase EMR / EHR adoption rates. I work for a Medical Office IT organization and I know that costs (among other factors) are the barriers for a lot of physicians to adopt the systems.

  3. Seems like interest has to be quite high. It was high before the possible addition of incentives that may come in the health bill that is working its way through. Health Insurance options are obviously a really important part of the bill, but we shouldn't underestimate the effect that something like EHR incentives might have on the healthcare system.

  4. Seems like interest has to be quite high. It was high before the possible addition of incentives that may come in the health bill that is working its way through. Health Insurance options are obviously a really important part of the bill, but we shouldn't underestimate the effect that something like EHR incentives might have on the healthcare system.

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