Excuses for Not Implementing an EMR Don’t Change

Posted on June 16, 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.

Yes, you might have noticed that I’m going back through a lot of the old articles that I should have posted about previously and never did. This was a real good find from an article written back in 2002. 7 years ago and this information still rings true. The article is for the AAFP and is called “Why I Love My EMR” by William D. Soper, MD, MBA. He gives these common excuses for not implementing an EMR:

  • An EMR is too expensive
  • I don’t need an EMR to be a good doctor
  • Is it safe to keep my records on a computer?
  • What if the electricity goes off?
  • What about patient confidentiality?
  • What about HIPAA?
  • Where do I find time to learn a new system?
  • How can I convince doctors who are dragging their feet?
  • How do I find time to see patients and enter my own data?
  • What do I do with my old records?
  • How do I decide which system to buy?
  • Won’t technology improve and prices go down?

Then, he ends with his bottom line:

What’s the bottom line?
EMRs aren’t for everyone. Going digital is costly. The conversion process isn’t easy, and acquiring new skills is frustrating, hard work. However, I’ve found that transitioning to an EMR system has been worth every frustration and every penny. It has made me a better doctor, reduced my overhead, made my staff happy and pleased my patients. I can’t convince you to let go of your paper records. That’s for you to decide. But I am willing to bet that if you do, you’ll get the same results I did.

Any of the above excuses/questions look familiar to any of you?  Seems like the answers to these questions might be a good basis for a book.