My Theory of 5 EMR Systems

Posted on August 8, 2007 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 personally have a theory on doctors selecting an EMR system. I call it “My Theory of 5.” It goes like this.

I believe that after a short discussion with a doctor’s office, I could give them a list of 5 EMR systems to evaluate. My guarantee is that Any of the 5 suggested systems can work for their doctor’s office. Furthermore, I also guarantee that every one of those 5 EMR systems will cause them a certain number of headaches and challenges. However, in the end if they are willing to adapt and learn the new system, they will be happy they decided to use an EMR.

It’s a pretty simple system that I’ve only used one time. That’s why I call it a theory. It worked well for the doctor that used it. I gave him a list of 5 systems to evaluate. We talked a couple times about the advantages and disadvantages of each system and he selected the system that he liked best. I didn’t personally care which system he chose, because I knew people who had successfully implemented all 5 systems. Therefore, he was just choosing which system he thought would best fit his style of practice.

Many people may note that this isn’t revolutionary. These people aren’t the ones that are just starting to evaluate the 1000s of EMR vendors out there. I guess the other option is to spend a year and countless hours evaluating hundreds of EMR systems just to have most of those people probably end up choosing one of the 5 EMR systems I would have recommended in the first place.

One Final Note: The theory of 5 will not work if a doctor isn’t fully committed to implementing an EMR. I’ve told a couple doctors that they weren’t ready for an EMR and so I wouldn’t work with them. Thankfully I have the luxury to do so. I could tell their hearts weren’t in it and so it wasn’t worth my time and effort to drag them kicking and screaming through the EMR process.