Fierce Q&A: ACA ruling will accelerate EHR adoption

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The Supreme Court's ruling upholding the health reform law will have a profound impact on both the use of electronic health records and on the vendors who sell them, says Nancy Fabozzi, Senior Industry Analyst with Frost and Sullivan.

"You'll see disruption across the board," Fabozzi tells FierceEMR in an exclusive interview.

Fabozzi forecasts that adoption of EHRs will accelerate as providers prepare for the onslaught of millions of newly insured people who will be seeking medical treatment.

FierceEMR: How does the ruling directly impact EHR use?

Nancy Fabozzi: The adoption of EHRs will accelerate. [Because of the ruling], the providers are going ahead with accountable care organizations and coordination of care programs, and these need a robust health IT infrastructure. Plus, data and information has got to flow. Those walls [that impede data exchange among EHRs] have got to come down.

FEMR: How will the ruling affect hospitals' implementation of EHRs?

Fabozzi: You need to look at the different market segments. For larger hospitals, these projects are underway to adopt EHRs and meet Meaningful Use. This is not a big game changer for them. We will see disruption with smaller hospitals that still use legacy systems. They can no longer sit on the fence. These providers will be more inclined to be bought out.