EHRs Don’t Save Money Cycle

Posted on April 15, 2010 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 love the cycle that happens over and over and over again in the healthcare IT/EMR media coverage. Every 3-6 months a new study or article comes out that says that EHR Don’t Save Money. Here’s the one that I just got in my e-mail. At least this one talks about the short term issues, but leaves open the possibility of long term benefits.

Don’t worry though, in the next 3-6 months another study and/or article will be out talking about the amazing benefits of EHR software.

Let’s just cut through the crap for a second and really hit at the core of the issue.

Some clinics have implemented an EMR and seen Amazing benefits (see great EMR ROI).

Some clinics have implemented an EMR and seen little benefit.

Some clinics have implemented (or should I say tried to implement) an EMR and actually gotten screwed.

Every one of those cases has happened. So, if you want me to do a study or article on either side of the issue, it’s really not that hard to do. Just look around and you’ll find all of the above scenarios.

Of course the new voice I hear is that it doesn’t matter. EHR is no longer a choice. The only choice is exactly when, which and how you’re going to implement an EHR. So, that leads to what we really should be talking about…

How do clinics make sure they find themselves in the “Amazing Benefits” group?

P.S. Excuse my use of “crap” and “screwed” all in the same blog post. I just paid my taxes and I think I’m still recovering from it.