Are urban or rural physician practices more likely to adopt electronic medical records (EMR)? The answer is suprrising. A paper by Whitacre (2016) finds the following:
Overall practice-level EMR adoption rates generally increase with the degree of rurality and range from 47 percent in the most urban counties to over 60 percent in the most rural. Moving from the most urban county to the most rural corresponded to a 7 percent increase in the likelihood of EMR adoption (p < .01).
- Whitacre, Brian E. “The Influence of the Degree of Rurality on EMR Adoption, by Physician Specialty.” Health services research (2016).