A recent article in Healthcare IT News, a publication of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), affirms that the use of electronic medical records is still growing and will continue to do so.
What does this mean for nurses? If you aren't using EMRs already, you surely will be in the near future.
The $25 billion EMR market will continue to grow even after government incentives for doctors and hospitals expire, according to a new research report titled, "EMR 2015: The Market for Electronic Medical Records."
The implementation of EMR systems continues to increase as more hospitals and physicians use, acquire, and upgrade existing EMR systems. Incentives for EMR use have been one driver for the market, but starting this year, there is also a penalty for not using EMRs. Penalties, system upgrades, international sales, and continued efficiency improvements will grow the market 7-8% each year for the next five years, the report from Kalorama Information states.
Those healthcare providers who do not adopt EMRs by 2015 will face a reduction of 1% in their Medicare payments, increasing to a 2% reduction in 2016, and a 3% reduction in 2017 and beyond.
The report notes that the incentives have prompted increased EMR use among physicians, the group that vendors and the government have been targeting, and the report’s authors expect the forthcoming penalties to encourage even more providers to commit to EMR.
Kalorama's report points out that approximately 80% of the implementation work is spent on issues regarding change management, while only 20% is spent on technical issues related to the technology itself. The change management issues include organizational concerns, restructuring workflows, dealing with staff resistance to change, as well as IT personnel's resistance to design and implementation flexibility needed in the complex healthcare environment.
This is good news for end users, meaning that once the change management issues are sorted out, the EMR systems themselves are working successfully, helping providers enter and access patient records more efficiently.
Is your facility using EMRs? And if yes, for how many years?