3. Electronic Health Records (EHR)
While EHR may seem like an unusual choice to sneak into our top 5, just ask any ophthalmologist (or any physician for that matter) about the impact of EHR on their practice of medicine. No doubt their responses would be opinionated on both sides of the spectrum, to say the least. While EHR systems began as early as the 1960s, widespread adoption really took shape after the year 2000; currently, nearly 60% of all providers are utilizing EHR systems.2
While initial financial expenses and practice logistics were burdensome with its adoption, EHR has had an overall positive effect by facilitating inter-practice communications, enhanced structural organization of medical charting, ease of patient medical records access, and improved integration of billing/coding metrics.