New EHR Decision Making Process

Posted on June 11, 2009 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.

Have we lost our minds? The more I read the more it seems like the decision to implement an EHR now all revolves around the $18 billion of ARRA stimulus money. Don’t get me wrong. That’s a lot of money and something that should be considered. It just seems like all the other reasons to implement or not to implement an EHR have kind of been thrown out the window.

I think it’s worthwhile to remember that even before the EHR stimulus money there was already a lot of people implementing an EHR or planning to implement one. It’s like all those people that implemented an EHR and would never go back to paper have been forgotten. Yes, there are risks associated with implementing an EHR, but there are also some real benefits to be gained by EHR use that aren’t tied to EHR stimulus money from the government. Let’s not lose our minds and forget about the bigger picture.