Relaxing meaningful use standards, as some industry leaders are urging HHS to do, would be a boon to the EMR industry, according to the New York-based research firm, Kalorama Information.
In its latest report — EMR 2010 (Market Analysis, ARRA Incentives, Key Players, and Important Trends) — the firm predicts a $13.8 billion market that could grow in double digits if properly driven by incentives and encouragement of health systems.
While the authors of the report believe some requirements of CPOE adoption are needed to bolster EMR usage, they also believe that requiring 80 percent of orders via CPOE by 2011, or that half of patients get auto-reminders through an EMR system, is a possible barrier to the sales of EMR systems.
The report also the largest obstacle to EMR use in the U.S. is physician compliance, noting that for EMR to grow in the way the federal government envisions, healthcare systems will have to develop incentives of their own, something that might be in jeopardy if standards are not easier to follow.
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