IRVINE, Calif., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kareo Inc., the cloud-based medical office software and services provider, today announced that the company's Electronic Health Record (EHR) application is achieving rapid adoption by physicians switching EHR suppliers. Among the more than 4,000 providers who have signed up for Kareo EHR, over one-third report moving from another EHR system. This wave of EHR switching supports independent research highlighting 2013 as the year of medical provider defections from legacy EHR vendors.
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Marketing research firm Black Book Rankings* found that only 35% of EHR users were committed to their current system with almost 20 percent explicitly stating their intent to search for a new EHR system during the year. Black Book Rankings coined 2013 as "the year of the great EHR vendor switch." Kareo has tapped into this broad-based EHR dissatisfaction by offering healthcare professionals an alternative that delivers the desired combination of ease of use, best-in-class iPad and iPhone apps, meaningful use certification, tight practice management application integration, and unequalled affordability. Driven by strong interest in Kareo EHR, the company's user base has grown to surpass 20,000 medical providers from across a broad spectrum of specialties representing every state in the country.
"Mobile devices offer the potential to fix much of what's broken with many EHR deployments today. Unfortunately for physicians, the vast majority of EHRs have not in any way been optimized to leverage the obvious advantages of these devices," said Dr. Tom Giannulli, chief medical officer and creator of Kareo EHR. "From the very beginning, we built Kareo EHR to achieve the inherent advantages of EHR applications. By using Kareo EHR on their iPad or iPhone, physicians can use technology to help as opposed to hinder how they interact with patients and deliver care. This drives doctor and patient satisfaction and improved outcomes."
Uniquely among healthcare technology providers, Kareo is focused exclusively on the needs of smaller medical practices which have substantially different requirements than large, institutionalized medical practices and health systems. Through this focus, Kareo EHR effectively delivers all the functionality a small practice needs to succeed, while eliminating unnecessary features built for large-scale environments that drive complexity, cost, and dissatisfaction. Kareo EHR provides physicians a powerful tool that enables instant exchange of critical health data, including e-prescribing medications, ordering and viewing lab work, and sharing information with patients through the embedded patient portal.
"We believe physician attention focused on the patient rather than on the EHR interface is an absolute must. We don't want our EHR technology to get in the way of care interactions with patients. Since the Kareo EHR is designed for the iPad, it allows us to effectively capture information while remaining totally engaged with the patient," said Dr. E.J. Alarcon, MD, of MCCI Medical Group in Miami, Florida.
Kareo EHR is available free of charge with no long-term commitments, expensive implementation or ongoing support costs, and is delivered advertising free. Physicians simply sign up and get started with ongoing upgrades delivered automatically to meet evolving user needs. Physicians can use Kareo EHR as a stand-alone application or integrated with Kareo Practice Management and Kareo Billing Services, providing a comprehensive and seamless medical office software suite.
Kareo is the only cloud-based medical office software and services platform dedicated to small practices. At Kareo, we believe that, with the right tools and support, small practices can do big things. We offer an integrated suite of products and services designed to help small practice physicians get paid faster, run their business smarter, and provide better care. Our Practice Management software, Billing Services, and free, full-featured EHR help more than 20,000 medical providers more efficiently manage the business and clinical sides of their practice. Based in Irvine, California, Kareo's mission is to help providers spend their time focused on patients, not paperwork. For more information, visit www.kareo.com.
*Kareo was not a sponsor, nor did the company participate in the survey conducted by Black Book Market Research.
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