This report has a few different twists and turns to it and this is a survey but it does make one point about the frustrations and costs that private practices think about today.  We all know the way of the future is electronic medical records in one format or another and the choices are there.  Over half of the doctors mentioned that the government requirements combined with all the changes with managed care was becoming a lot to handle, and take care of patients too.

There has not been a shortage of doctors attesting and more are on the way.  Practices who allow patients direct access to making appointments and other features via a portal seemed to have a higher average.  This is the year of getting the patient involved.

When it comes to finding the medical records system that may best fit your practices, we are here at EMR Consultant to give you a hand with finding vendors with systems that closely match your needs so be sure to see what we have to offer and the time we can save you.  Remember too that your EMR vendor will also help you cut through the red tape and confusion with any questions you may have about “meaningful use”.

“Many private practice physicians are daunted not only by the cost, but also by the complexity of EHRs, said Kaveh Safavi, MD, managing director of Accenture Health North America, in an interview with InformationWeek Healthcare. “A lot of it is the expertise — everything from the selection of an EHR to the maintenance, the technology infrastructure and the compliance,” he said. “So it’s not simply dollars and cents, it’s also a complexity issue. And this is a mission critical function for physicians, so they can’t just get it kind of right.”

Sixty-one percent of independent physicians are seeking employment, and the majority of those doctors say that the government requirement for them to adopt and show meaningful use of an electronic health record (EHR) is one reason, a new Accenture report finds.”