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.

Security Concerns

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).
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