Most physicians customarily like to associate themselves with multiple practices or hospitals. In today’s competitive environment, reimbursements are meager and costs are high. This compels most physicians to seek additional hours at hospitals or establish their own private practices. Keeping pace with the ever evolving healthcare industry is also an arduous task. With healthcare moving towards automated care, physicians must adapt accordingly or risk being left behind. While the recent report from CDC shows an improved EMR adoption rate for single providers, smaller practices are still playing catch up.
“It is not that physicians have not been exposed to the technology. Most physicians have access to electronic medical records at hospitals if not at their private practices.”, says Keith Smith, a health IT consultant. He believes that the gradual increase in EMR adoption will undoubtedly influence physicians across the nation. Keith further adds that, “Physicians are usually very sociable. If all of their friends are using electronic medical records, then they would want to use it too.”
This is one reason why most physicians tend to choose EMR solutions popular amongst their peers and colleagues. That being said, physicians tend to avoid electronic medical records being used at hospitals that they are affiliated with, while purchasing an EMR for their private practices. This may seem unusual given their level of familiarity with such systems, but hospital based EMRs are often designed to conform with generic requirements, whereas physicians prefer choosing an EMR that can provide for their individual practice workflows.
Another reason may be that most hospital based EMRs are configured to operate in a specific environment. Hospitals have more resources at their disposal compared to a private practice. Hence, while a large health organization might be able to derive efficient workflows from implementing an EHR solution, the outcomes may not be the same for a smaller practice. Therefore, unless a physician has other factors to accommodate, they would refrain from choosing hospital based systems.
“Every practice has their own unique identity and their workflows should be able to reflect that. This is why practitioners seek customizable EHRs that fit their practice structure and requirements.”, says a Florida based practice office manager.