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EMR is the Health Care ERP

Posted on June 28, 2011 I Written By

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I know I’ve written about ERP and EMR before, but the more I think about the EMR selection and implementation process, the more I see the same issues that are experienced with an ERP implementation.

The one issue that is a bit different about EMR versus ERP is that there are only a small handful of ERP vendors to choose from. However, we have 300-600 to choose from in the EMR world. That’s an important and challenging difference.

However, the similarities to ERP are many. One of the most striking is how the EMR like the ERP is something that’s going to be used and have an effect on the entire organization. As such, the need to manage the participation of multiple stakeholders is so key.

The key to a successful ERP implementation is to have a great project leader.  Someone who is great at working with various departments. They are great listeners who hear and understand each departments needs. Then, they have to be great at making the case for each depaartment’s needs.

The same is true for EMR. You need an EMR implementation champion who is great at listening to all areas of the clinic: nurses, doctors, front desk, billing, medical records, etc. Sometimes this can be done well by a physician lead, but is more likely to be a practice manager, IT support (if they have project management skills), or an outside consultant. 

It’s easy to underestimate the challenge of “herding sheep.” Done right, it can work very well. Done wrong and your clinic is likely going to have the opportunity to try again after the failed EMR implementation.

There are other comparisons worth considering, but this one was striking me today. I’ll be interested to hear stories and experiences from those who have implemented an EMR. Did you have a strong leader to help pacify the different stakeholders in your clinic? 

IBM Study Reveals Health Gadget of the Future Requirements

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Developing a health gadget has got to be tough.  You invest tons of time and money developing something that may never pan out.  A new study from IBM is shedding some light on what people are looking for in healthcare gadgets and what it will take for developers to tap into the market.

There are a few specific areas that the study mentions that are showing lots of promise.


There are already plenty of apps and gadgets for weight-loss, but in the future consumers are going to demand are lot more than counting calories or tracking exercise.  Consumers want a proactive gadget that will motivate them to get up and do more.  They want to be held accountable for their activity, or lack thereof.  They also want inter-connectivity especially with social media where they can share their success, and struggles, with their friends and family.


I have already written about a tracking bracelet that could mean a lot to people with autism or alzheimers.  Improvements in mobile apps could improve the lives of all elderly.  Being able to track their movement and help them monitor their movement can help them stay active, and also help prevent injury by alerting the consumer that they may be nearing a fall.  They could also help in huge ways with ensuring elderly people are taking their medications, and doing so properly.

Blood Monitoring

Devices of the future could provide non-intrusive blood monitoring.  This would allow doctors to monitor their patients’ health at a whole new level.  Doctors would be almost immediately alerted to increased white blood cells that could help prevent infection, or at the very least slow it down and make it better.

No matter what health condition the app or gadget is trying to address, there are three major aspects that the study found to be of the most importance: ease of use, reasonable pricing, and real-time information sharing.  96 percent of people in the study said ease of use was most important in choosing one device over another.  The study slotted $100 as the magic number for reasonable cost.  86 percent of participants want real-time, easy to understand feedback from their devices.

There is no denying that the future is very bright for health care gadgets and apps, and thanks to this study developers have  a better idea of what to shoot for.

The full report can be found here, or for the condensed version you can find the press release here.

Cerner EHR Making a Difference at the Walnut Lake OB/GYN

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“I am a better physician now than I was before I used electronic medical records.”

Peek into a day in the life at Walnut Lake OB/GYN in West Bloomfield, MI. Practicing physicians Dr. Katz and Dr. Salesin invite you to learn how their five-provider office utilizes Cerner technology to provide enhanced, more efficient care to patients.

Walnut Lake OB/GYN Benefits:

* Annual savings of $10K in paper chart supplies
* Malpractice insurance decreased by 10%
* Women’s Health PowerNote content
* Real-time results from DMC via Cerner Hub

Walnut Lake Ob/Gyn is a Women’s Health practice in the Detroit area. Its mission is to provide comprehensive quality healthcare for all women, to promote healthy behavior in all patients and to provide a safe and comfortable environment to discuss all issues affecting patient health.



Watch the video here.