Report: Cloud-Based EHRs Trending Among Small, Solo Practices
June 5, 2015 in News
Eighty-three percent of small and individual specialty physician practices say cloud-based electronic health record systems are the biggest trend in physician technology, according to a report from Black Book Market Research, Clinical Innovation Technology reports.
For the report, researchers polled 5,700 small and solo practices covering all medical and surgical specialties over a four-month period (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 6/4). The poll sought to determine the highest-ranked EHR systems in 2015 (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 5/28).
According to the report, adoption of such cloud-based EHR systems among smaller, urban practices has jumped from 60% in 2013 to 82% in 2015. Adoption among rural providers has remained at about 20% during that time period.
The report noted that the trend is being driven by:
- Additional opportunities for health data interoperability;
- Improved population health management features;
- Lower costs; and
- Streamlined workflows (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 5/28).
The report also found that user satisfaction with Web-based EHRs has increased from just 13% in 2012 to 83% in 2015 (Clinical Innovation Technology, 6/4).
According to the report, 79% of respondents said cost was the top consideration among practices’ EHR purchasing decisions.
While 90% of small and solo practices acknowledged that cloud-based EHRs have been improved to better protect personal health information, 38% said they have moderate or serious concerns about such systems’ security.
However, 92% of small practices that switched from server-based EHRs to cloud-based systems within the last six months said their concerns of a data breach had lowered.
Meanwhile, 81% of respondents using server-based EHRs said they had data breach concerns (Healthcare IT News, 5/28).
Cloud-Based EHR Market Growth
The overall health care cloud market is poised to grow by 24% through 2020, according to the report. In the U.S., the market is expected to reach $3.8 billion.
The report attributes the projected growth to increased focus on:
- Care coordination;
- Health information exchange capabilities; and
- Patient engagement (EHR Intelligence, 5/28).