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.