I predict that we'll see a rise in companies offering free EHRs this year. Some thought that this would be a fad (remember the days of NetZero and Juno offering free dial-up Internet?)
I don't think that free EHRs are a fad. If anything, this may be one of the most successful models for certain physician practices. I doubt that any large multi-specialty practice won't invest in some great EHR solutions like Epic (if they are hospital-based), NextGen, GE Centricity, and others.
However, as more free EHR providers become CCHIT certified and offer tailored solutions to meet the needs of specific practices, I think they will survive and flourish, especially during these economic times.
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