In the past few years, some studies have suggested that private practices--especially those with fewer than 10 providers -- are on the way out. One study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine suggested a steady decline of 2% a year. However, other recent surveys show that this isn't the direction that providers want to go in, and it isn't what patients want.
Undoubtedly, there are many challenges that stand in the way of maintaining practice autonomy, but with the right tools it may be possible to thrive and grow--and part of the solution is technology. While many physicians in practices with five providers or fewer are still hesitant to adopt and EHR (only about 50% have an EHR today), the potential benefits are indisputable as shown in this infographic.