As I look forward to EHR in the year 2012, it was suggested to me at HIMSS that we’re going to see an EHR adoption rush starting in August 2012. If you think about the timeline and all the other EHR happenings, I think this very much will be the case.
I saw a tweet (which I can’t find now) which said something to the effect of meaningful use attestation in January of 2012 was as big as all of 2011. I also have read about the mass of meaningful use attestation that happened at the end of 2011. With only having to attest for 90 days it makes sense why so many people waited until the end of 2011 to attest to meaningful use.
I expect we’re going to see the same rush to meaningful use attesation in 2012 as well. However, you don’t just implement and EHR and then start your meaningful use attestation the week after you implement an EHR. In most cases, you need at least a couple months (more in the hospital case) after implementing an EHR to “get your feet under you” and be ready to concern yourself with the meaningful use requirements.
With this in mind, I expect these next 3 months will be critical for EHR vendors that want to fill their Fall EHR sales pipeline. EHR adoption will slow down a bit during summer when doctors head out on vacations. Then, Fall 2012 will start the rush of EHR adoption in order to meet meaningful use requirements in 2012.
Of course, it’s also likely that many doctors will procrastinate their EHR selection process. They’ll wait until Fall and then rush through EHR selection. I think this would be a real tragedy for EHR since selecting the right EHR is the mot important part of the EHR implementation.