Should You Replace Your Current Practice Management Software When Purchasing EHR Software?


Should you replace your current Practice Management software when purchasing new EHR software?

In the past 18 months, there has been an uptick in the number of medical Practices that are purchasing new Electronic Health Record (EHR) products, mostly because of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The HITECH act was designed to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. As of May 31, 2012, 43% of eligible physicians have signed up with CMS to receive the stimulus funding but only 13.8% have actually achieved Stage 1 Meaningful use (MU) stimulus funding. So after 2+ years, why have only 13.8% of physicians achieved Stage1 MU?

To help answer the question, AC Group (a Texas based Healthcare Consulting firm) conducted a survey of 1,447 practices during November 1, 2011 through March 31…

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