With the majority of U.S. physicians already using electronic health records (EHRs), demand for EHR software, hardware, and networking services has grown at a pace unmatched by most other medical technologies, including in the medical device sector.
Medical devices are among the best and most consistent sources of reportable clinical data for EHRs. Creative applications of medical devices afforded by the Internet of Things, as well as the rising viability of telehealth, creates new avenues of opportunity for medical device manufacturers investing in the increasingly digital healthcare industry.
Nevertheless, EHRs face a number of hurdles at present. Many doctors do not like using current-gen system and, so far, EHRs have failed to live up to the promise that they would help make the overall healthcare landscape much more efficient. But
even at lower-than-estimated rates of growth the adoption, medical device professionals should consider that EHRs are still a leading priority for many healthcare organizations. Growth is projected to remain highest among small healthcare practices, who are incentivized by the promise of benefits and government subsidies.
The infographic below, created for Ohio University's Online MHA Program, illustrates the benefits and financial incentives for healthcare organizations implementing EHRs, and by extension, the benefits of next-gen medical devices being more tightly integrated with them.