I am not sure if this award refers to the most recent of the EPIC EMR systems. Colleagues who work for Kaiser Permanente are not that happy with their Epic product. But it seems others are according to KLAS Enterprises-an HIT industry analysis firm.
CDC SURVEY POINTS TO EXPANDING EHR USE IN MEDICAL OFFICE PRACTICES
Hi Tamar: Thank you for the timely post. In line with the KLAS selection, there is an updated ongoing study of ambulatory care settings that points to increased use of EHRs in private MD offices. Although our network tends to lean in the public health system side of things, most people do not receive care from safety net organizations.
Excerpt from CDC artice
"The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), is an annual nationally representative survey of patient visits that includes office-based physicians and collects information on the adoption and use of electronic medical records/electronic health records (EMRs/EHRs). In 2010, the mail survey sample size increased five-fold to allow for state-level estimates, and survey questions were slightly modified to ask physicians about their intentions to apply for meaningful use incentive payments. Preliminary 2010 estimates from the mail survey showed that 50.7% of physicians reported using all or partial EMR/EHR systems, similar to the 2009 estimate." Click on the link to read the complete article.