EHR Intelligence – August 29, 2013

After spending thousands of dollars on an EHR system, computers, IT infrastructure, installation, and staff training, most providers hope that they never have to go through the EHR implementation process again.  But after the explosion of growth following the 2009 HITECH Act, and a stampede of providers rushing to take advantage of first-generation practice management and clinical documentation offerings, many practices are realizing that their EHRs can’t grow and mature with them as the systems age and meaningful use requirements continue to ramp up expectations.

EHR replacement is the new normal in the healthcare software market, and providers who are unhappy with traditional server-based offerings are turning to an emerging trend: cloud-based, web-accessible EHR suites that cost little to use, are quick to set up, and put the burden of security, upgrades, and data storage on the vendor instead of on an individual provider’s IT staff.

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