Why Tablets Are The Future of Electronic Medical Records

The adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) by doctor practices and hospitals is one of the most exciting developments in health – and the iPad is playing a big part. Up till recently, the typical EMR system was a PC-based enterprise software suite deployed in a large, public hospital. But thanks mainly to the iPad, EMRs are finding their way into tens of thousands of small to medium medical practices. Today, EMR vendor drchrono is releasing a report about EMR adoption and impact. In a phone interview, I discussed the findings with drchrono CEO Michael Nusimow and COO Daniel Kivatonos.

The 2012 EMR Impact Report from drchrono surveys the usage and impact of EMRs in practices of 25 physicians or less. Drchrono surveyed 1,300 U.S. physicians who currently use EMRs, over a 30 day period. 77% of the practices surveyed were independent practices and over half (52.2%) had just one medical practitioner. Only 10.9% were practices with more than ten practitioners.

It should be noted that EMRs still have a fair way to go until they are commonly used by physicians. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2011 55% of physicians had adopted an electronic health record (EHR) system. That indicates that drchrono’s report is a study of relatively early adoptors. Indeed, the report notes that the majority of respondents (60.1%) had only used an EMR for less than one year.

But already, nearly 3/4 (74.5%) say that an EMR has increased the efficiency of their practice. The key efficiency metric, according to drchrono CEO Michael Nusimow and COO Daniel Kivatonos, is time savings.

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