There have been several studies based on physician and practice characteristics and their effect on the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The signing of the HiTech Act of 2009 has given major incentive for EHR adoption. It was introduced to facilitate the adoption of the new technology as financial readiness was found to be a major barrier. It is very important now to study these factors as they will help policy makers in taking the next step towards the successful adoption of EHR. The focus of this study is the link between patient demographic, physician practice characteristics and EHR adoption. Data and questionnaires from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) of 2008 were used. We performed chi squared test and Spearman's correlation test. We found that there is a statistically significant relationship between patient demographic, the type of ownership of the practice and its size on the decision to adopt new EHR technology. The results show that practices that were owned by community health center and medical academic health centers and were bigger in size showed higher rates of adoption. However, higher patient demographics of Medicare and Medicaid did not lead to adoption. Research shows that EHR adoption is on the rise. In the future, we should establish and test a best practices guide of implementation, develop frameworks for testing organizational readiness and link EMR systems with improvement in quality of care.
Keywords: EHR adoption, patient demographics, physician practice characteristics
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Information Technology, Public policy, Health care management|
|Keywords:||EHR adoption, Electronic health records, Physician practices|
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