30% of physician practices plan to replace EHR by 2021: 4 things to know

About 30 percent of  physician practices say they are expecting to implement a new EHR system by 2021 because they'd like to customize the system to best meet their needs, according to a recent Black Book Research report.

For its report, Black Book Research fielded responses from nearly 19,000 EHR users for its six month client satisfaction poll.

Here are four survey insights.

1. Thirty percent of practices with more than 11 clinicians are planning to replace their current system by 2021 to address customization issues.

2. Of those practices looking to replace their EHR, 93 percent are most interested in cloud-based mobile solutions for on-demand  data with actionable insight into financial performance, compliance tracking and contractual quality goals, followed by telehealth and virtual visit support (87 percent) and speech recognition solutions (82 percent).

3. Most small practices with six or less clinicians (88 percent) aren't optimizing advanced EHR tools such as patient engagement, secure messaging, decision support and electronic data sharing.

4. However, among large practices, those tools are more likely to be used always or frequently. The most commonly used tool is clinical decision support (84 percent), followed by patient engagement (83 percent), electronic messaging (82 percent) and record sharing (64 percent).

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