Trend: Arizona providers de-installing electronic medical records

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A new report suggests that while providers in the state of Arizona have had a high adoption rate for electronic medical records, large numbers of them are now "de-installing" the technology, according to a new research report. Providers adopted the technology in large numbers largely thanks to a 2005 executive order by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano requiring all healthcare providers to install EMRs by 2010.

The report, by HealthLeaders-InterStudy, concludes that physician groups in Phoenix are canceling their EMR contracts after running into significant training, cost and functionality concerns. Unsurprisingly, this phenomenon is most common among small groups.

To learn more about this trend:
- read this Healthcare IT News article

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