IDG Contributor Network: The next generation of EHRs will be fundamentally different

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have come a long way. Over 80 percent of physicians use them in their offices, and nearly all hospitals have implemented EHRs as well. Spurred by the HITECH portion of the 2009 Recovery act, Meaningful Use has put money on the table for physicians and hospitals to adopt and use EHRs.

It also defined what kinds of features an EHR must have in order to be Certified. Legacy systems took on these new requirements by adding to their offerings (sometimes referred to as “bolt-on solutions”). Some new startups that flourished after HITECH were more agile, not being burdened by a decade or more of legacy technology. But generally, the systems – which saturate the landscape we have now – all have similar features.

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