Number of Buyers Replacing Their EHRs Up by 10%

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The number of buyers who purchased new electronic health records to replace their current EHRS grew by 10 percent, from 21 percent to 31 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to Software Advice, a resource for medical software buyers.

The company published a three-year study for which it collected and analyzed data on thousands of practices looking to purchase medical software. The research was conducted in part to determine the impact the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act had on EHR demand.

Key findings of the survey are:
•    Nearly 65 percent of buyers bought EHRs to replace paper records in 2010, whereas 50.9 percent bought EHRs for that reason in 2013.
•    In 2010, 58.8 percent of buyers replacing an existing EHR were doing so because they were dissatisfied with their current EHR software or vendor, and by 2013, that percentage increased to 74.2 percent.
•    The percentage of buyers opening a new practice and looking to start off paperless grew from 12.2 percent in 2010 to 16.4 percent in 2013.

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