Expect increased adoption rates of certain types of EHRs, EMRs

April 1, 2006

The push for electronic health records (EHRs) and their physician-originated counterpart, electronic medical records (EMRs), gained significant momentum in 2005. In fact, today's discussions now include subcategories to distinguish the interests of one group over another. We can expect the implementation of some versions of the EHR?including portable EHRs, payer-based EHRs, ambulatory EHRs and inpatient EHRs?to become more widespread.

The push for electronic health records (EHRs) and their physician-originated counterpart, electronic medical records (EMRs), gained significant momentum in 2005. In fact, today's discussions now include subcategories to distinguish the interests of one group over another. We can expect the implementation of some versions of the EHR-including portable EHRs, payer-based EHRs, ambulatory EHRs and inpatient EHRs-to become more widespread.

The shifts that began at the payer, provider, disease management and government levels in 2005 will continue to proliferate in 2006.

Timothy G. Roche is co-founder and president of MDdatacor inc.