The short-term incentives of meaningful use shouldn't overshadow the long-term care strategies of small physician practices choosing electronic medical records (EMRs), according to a recent study.

IDC Health Insights expect U.S. EMR adoption to move from less than 25 percent in 2009 to more than 80 percent in 2016 - and that growth will be primarily influenced by regulatory stipulations and government incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

That said, EMR technology can present complex challenges for small physician practices. If such practices allow the constraints of meaningful use to dictate their technology choices, they may only see the short-term incentives and not the long-term strategic advantage that EMR can bring.

Thus, says the report, small physician practices should consider more than meaningful use, such as industry trends. These might include the use of cloud computing, the use of mobile devices, and the need to integrate data as market saturation leads to provider consolidation.

GloEMR, gloStream’s flagship EMR, keeps up with market trends. For example, gloEMR leverages Microsoft technology such as Microsoft Word, which makes it very flexible and leads to interoperability across solutions.

Moreover, gloStream is the only EMR company that offers a 15-Day money-back guarantee. If you can't get your practice back to full patient load within 15 clinic days of implementing gloEMR, gloStream will provide a full refund for all gloStream software and services.

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