Given all the discussions surrounding HITECH and ARRA, physicians are scrambling to choose electronic health records (EHRs) for their offices. Want to learn how to go through this process the wrong way? Then read this interesting story on Medical Economics titled, "How to choose the 'right' electronic medical record system." Ironically, the article starts with this: "Please, please, please do not do what we did. Do not purchase the wrong electronic medical record (EMR) system. This advice comes from someone who has championed the virtues of EMRs for decades. The difference is that I went from theory to reality. And our clinic's reality stinks. It was not that we didn't try..."
Wow, that's really a shame. I guess we all tend to learn from our mistakes, but the EHR selection and implementation process is not something you'll want to repeat. I've spoken with many physicians who regret having their current EHR. Now, it's much harder for them to justify spending another $30 or $60k to switch to a brand new EHR system. So, before you go out and choose an EHR vendor, make sure to do your research. Find a consultant if you need one. Get input from all your users. Consider clinical work-flow issues. Don't just go for the cheapest EHR system (although the cheapest system or even a free EHR could be the best "fit" for your practice). Make sure you have adequate support once your implement your EHR.
Click here to read the article on Medical Economics.