Another area of health care that has not embraced electronic medical records...cost is cited as a big factor...BD
A survey of ambulatory surgery centers commissioned by a software vendor shows that many have not embraced information technology.
Eighty-two percent of 175 centers surveyed by telephone in March do not use an electronic health record system. Further, 85% reported they use paper perioperative notes, and 74% use dictation/transcription for the generation of physician procedure notes. Barriers to automation, according to ambulatory surgery center administrators who participated in the survey, include lack of interfacing with scheduling software and other systems, and lack of capital investment. In addition, 49% worry about losing revenue during the implementation process.