EHRs Push Private Practice Docs Out of Business
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11/19/2012 | 4:30:27 PM
re: EHRs Push Private Practice Docs Out of Business
It's no surprise that the cost of implementing EHR may push some doctors out of their private practice in the short-term. That cost being not directly associated with the software licensing itself, but training and implementation of new workflows. As AustinIT states in one of the comments, EMR becomes easier and less obtrusive as time goes on, but that initial push can put a substantial burden on the practice/business. Many times practices will have to reduce patient flow, hire outside consultants, modify software, change workflows, etc., which for a small practice can be all too much to handle.

Jay Simmons
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11/7/2012 | 7:36:17 PM
re: EHRs Push Private Practice Docs Out of Business
The title of your article is highly misleading. One cannot definitively say that EHR's are the sole reason that independent physicians are leaving private practice behind. There are far too many other factors (costs and compliance come to mind) that impinge on the independents.

It would also be interesting to see the demographics behind those who stick with EHR and those who choose to exit their practice. I would bet that older Docs or those not technically inclined are the ones mainly giving up. I have a number of clients that procrastinated on adoptiong an EHR system due to those reasons alone. Yes, there is an initial investment in the technology. But, once implemented, it falls back to a normal and routine maintenance issue. Usage of the EMR becomes easier and less obtrusive as well since it becomes part of the ingrained workflow.

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