EMR Implementation Idea: Doctor’s Egos

Posted on February 20, 2006 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 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.

Disclaimer: I understand that Doctors aren’t the only ones with egos and there are many doctors without egos. In fact, I think tech people are probably even more egotistical. The title is meant to be catchy not judgemental. The information below would be aptly applied to almost anyone, but I happen to be talking about EMR and so it is written with reference to Doctors.

When someone decides to implement an EMR in their office it is very important to decide whether a doctor should entered data into an EMR in the exam room or outside the exam room. This could involve wireless tablets(or laptops) or possibly just a really good memory(not my reccommendation). Many of the reasons to do one or the other is listed in a previous post about Pros and Cons of Wireless vs. Wired with an EMR.

One thing that I failed to mention and deserves it’s very own post is in regards to having a brand new EMR and computers in the exam rooms(or tablets). When we started the EMR I could see that my doctors were utterly afraid to take a computer into the exam room. The EMR was new to them and they were scared that they would go into the exam room and look like an idiot in front of their patients since they didn’t know how to use the computer. The reality is that it really does take some time to learn your way around the screens. Most people would be understanding of this, but it isn’t just learning an EMR. Doctors were afraid to do any typing because they were very insecure in their ability to type. Most of their typing is similar to my wife’s hunt and peck method. While effective for my wife it could certainly hamper that Doctor Patient relationship of trust(not to mention a Doctor’s ego).

Now that the Doctors I work with are familiar with the EMR software most of them are less concerned with this issue. Put the emphasis on most. Just another beautiful piece of the EMR Experience.

Moral of the story: Be careful with doctors that are unfamiliar with computers and a new EMR program having a computer in the exam room.