When EMR Becomes Natural

Posted on February 9, 2011 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.

Some very interesting commentary from an EMRUpdate thread:

Six-plus years ago, I started my own office and my husband insisted on an EMR – mainly because the real estate prices were so high that he did not want to pay for file storage.

I have posted on this site over the years: early on, I was told I was crazy for picking an Application Service Provider (I think it’s now called “cloud computing”), and the site had a smartest-guy-in-the-room vibe.

But my EMR worked so I didn’t need help or a tech consult. So I went on my merry way and grew my practice – and downloaded quite a few babies, too! EMR was a big deal for me back in 2004; but now I never really think about it. Maybe the reason is that I was never searching for “THE PERFECT EMR” – I picke one that was “close enough” and made it work. EMR has just been a tool for me: I use it and I no longer think about it.

There are a lot of interesting parts about this EMR story. However, the one that struck me most is how now she doesn’t even think about her EMR software. Using the EMR is just completely natural for her.

Reminds me of when I talked to an old family friend who’s a doctor. I told him how I wrote a blog about EMR. After the initial pleasantries he described how he’d been using an EMR for so long (10+ years if I remember right) that he barely remembered what it was like to practice medicine without it. Needless to say, there’s no way he would practice medicine without an EMR.

Of course, for the other 50-75% of the world that doesn’t have an EMR, the question is how long will it take you to reach that level of comfort and what can you do to make your implementation reach that level as quickly as possible. Hopefully the lessons learned on this blog help many people achieve this goal.