New guide helps small practices choose EHR systems

The U.S. health market will move from a 25 percent adoption rate for electronic health record systems in 2009 to an 80 percent adoption rate by 2016, according to a new report released this week by Framingham, Mass.-based research and consulting firm IDC Health Insights. With that in mind, the report provides an assessment of 11 different EHR products from nine U.S.-based vendors--including the five most popular systems--to serve as a guide for helping small physician practices in the adoption process. Judy Hanover, IDC's research director, believes that providers need to make such selections with more than earning quick federal dollars in mind. "If providers allow the constraints of Meaningful Use to dictate their technology choices and limit the goals for implementation, they may only see the short-term incentives and not the long-term strategic advantage that EHR can bring to their practices and may fail to compete under healthcare reform," Hanover said in a statement. The report highlights the specific features and capabilities of each system, and includes customer references. Announcement