Here's a quick bit of good news for the CCHIT folks, who are working to stimulate EMR adoption in the US. From the FierceHealthIT Newsletter, word about a study indicating the possibility that the nation's physicians are at an EMR "tipping point".
Over the past year, study after study has documented that physicians aren't investing heavily in HIT upgrades, particularly EMR systems. But a new study suggests that the tide is about to turn. Researchers with Manhattan Research surveyed 1,353 physicians this year and found that about 30 percent are using EMRs, including not only the larger, better-capitalized finances practice but also smaller medical groups. Another 20 percent reported that that they were "ready" to adopt, the analyst firm reports. What's more, the number of physicians who interact with patients via e-mail is growing, hitting 31 percent this year as compared with 24 percent in 2004.
The study referenced can be found in this Digital HealthCare & Productivity article.