Clinical Staff’s Resistance to Change

Posted on November 6, 2007 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.

I did a presentation recently on an organization’s resistance to change and the effect that has on software implementation. An EHR implementation is definitely no exception. In fact, it seems that many doctors are even more resistant to change than other industries, which is why we have the roughly 10% EHR and EMR adoption rate.

In my presentation I found two images that described the challenge of adopting an EHR and resisting change very well.

Does this remind you of discussing implementation of an EHR?
EHR Resistance to Change

This one is a great one, but might take a second to truly understand.
EHR Resistance to Change
Did you notice the wheels in the wagon? Seems a bit like a $60,000 EHR system sitting on the shelf to me.