EMR Motivations

Posted on October 10, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about the impact of the EMR stimulus money and how it’s changed the EMR world. One of the big changes is the motivations people have to adopt an EMR. With $36 billion of stimulus money, things have changed. I even went so far as to create a post called “EMR Is About the Money.”

Turns out that CIO, Neal Ganguly, agrees with me, but described it in a much more politically correct way in his listing of the EMR drivers:

  • Physicians: Primary Driver = Stimulus dollars; Secondary Driver = Easier access to data; Tertiary Driver = Better outcomes / continuity of care
  • Hospitals: Primary Driver = Stimulus dollars; Secondary Drivers = Strengthen physician relationships / Fear of reduced reimbursement; Tertiary Drivers = Better outcomes / continuity of care
  • Government: Primary Driver = Reduce costs by eliminating waste and redundancy; Secondary Driver = Better outcomes / continuity of care; Tertiary Driver = Better data to analyze and drive ongoing health reform.

Does anyone disagree with these items? I’d love to hear it in the comments.

My only comment is that government doesn’t seem to have any drivers. To me it seems like they were just given a bunch of money for EHR and now they’re trying to figure out what to do with it.