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EHR Readiness Questions

Posted on July 15, 2011 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.

In my interest of highlighting more EHR bloggers, I found this post by Ron Sterling on EHR Outlook quite interesting. In his post, Ron highlights a number of questions a clinic should ask itself to know if it’s ready for an EHR implementation. Here are the questions he lists:
* Does your EHR effort have physician support?
* Are you prepared to address ongoing problems?
* Is your budget practical?
* Does your EHR support your current workflow and operations?
* Will your existing computer Infrastructure support an EHR?
* Have you gotten your paper records ready?

Check out the original post for Ron’s thoughts on each question and why that question is important. I think it’s a pretty good list to consider. I especially like the second question that addresses whether you’re willing and able to address ongoing problems. That’s a hard one to evaluate, but understanding how your organization addresses issues is very important. You don’t want to start thinking about that once you’re in the heat of an EHR implementation.

I’d also suggest a couple more questions:
* Why are you implementing an EHR?
* What are your plans for your medical practice and will the EHR you choose be impacted by those plans?

Making sure that a clinic is EHR ready is brutally important. Trying to implement an EHR in a clinic that’s not ready almost always turns into a nightmare experience for everyone involved.

Physician Case Studies Wanted

Posted on April 7, 2011 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.

A few months back I got to know Anne Zeiger and brought her on as a blogger for a little while on EMR and EHR. She’s since moved on to a full time job writing about EMR and has started to create the website EHR Outlook. It’s still in the really early phases, but you can see a vision for what she’s trying to create.

Anne is currently looking for more doctors who use an EMR so she can create some case studies of doctors’ EMR experiences. I know that I always learn best by looking at other people’s experiences, so I’m happy to help Anne find more doctors she can work with to create more case studies on EMR. If you’re a doctor or practice that would be willing to help Anne out, you can email her at: anneczieger@gmail.com

I’ll be interested to see the EMR case studies that she creates. If you know of other EMR case studies, feel free to point them out in the comments.

Also, I just started looking for advertisers for Neil Versel’s blog Meaningful HIT News and my new EMR and Healthcare IT News site if anyone’s interested in some new advertising opportunities. Just drop me a note on my contact us page.