Don’t Use EHR Stimulus As A Criteria in EHR Selection

Posted on March 1, 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.

One of the biggest mistakes a doctor can do is to use EHR stimulus money as a criteria for their selection of an EHR. I strongly suggest that EHR stimulus money only be used as a tie breaker between two equally great EHR companies or as a nice side benefit to choosing an EHR company that happens to qualify as a certified EHR.

The problem with using EHR stimulus money as a criteria is that it will cause you to compromise what’s actually most important in selecting an EHR. The EHR you select will be something that you use every single day. It encompasses everything you do in your practice. In many ways it really becomes the heart and soul of your practice.

Selecting an EHR should focus on finding the EHR software that will be most usable for the way you run your practice. No amount of potential EHR stimulus money will be worth the frustration and heartache associated with failing to implement or implementing and hating the EHR you selected.