More providers are using touch-screen computers to input clinical information, and budget constraints appear to be a lessening barrier to the adoption of electronic health records, or EHRs, according to a survey of 436 providers conducted between April 30 and June 11 by the Medical Records Institute, Boston. Use of touch screens rose to 30.2% of respondents in 2004 from 23.9% in 2002, said Jeff Blair, vice president of the institute. "I think that's because more EHRs are going into ambulatory settings where they're more likely to have touch screens," he said. Money is still the No. 1 barrier to EHR adoption, but that may be changing. The percentage of respondents who listed money as a major barrier dipped to 55.5% this year, down from 64.2% last year and 58.5% in 2002. -- by MP Stat/Modern Physician
Some barriers to electronic records may be easing: survey
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