5 EHR Myths

Posted on July 1, 2013 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’ve been debunking EHR myths for the 8+ years I’ve been blogging about EHR software. There are a lot of them. Some are perpetuated because people don’t want to change. Others were true, but aren’t true today. Others are just complete misunderstandings of the benefits and challenges of EHR Myths.

ADP AdvancedMD has put out a whitepaper called “EHR Myths Debunked: 5 Status Quo Myths that Hold You back and Reduce Your Bottom Line“. You know I couldn’t resist taking a look at such a whitepaper. I was quite pleased the it was full of a lot of numbers related to EHR.

For example, it says the cost of “creating a new chart” is $7. I imagine they’re taking into account the cost of the materials and the cost of the person creating the chart. They also look at the costs of replacing a chart, pulling or refiling a chart, faxing a chart, storing a chart, etc. I love how many doctors take these EHR benefits and sweep them under the rug. It’s really interesting to put a dollar value to them and consider how those costs add up.

In some ways, the EHR Myths whitepaper covers a lot of the areas I’ve talked about in my EMR and EHR Benefits series. It really is amazing how many EHR myths there are out there and the whitepaper looks at 5 of them that are worth analyzing. I wish the whitepaper would have also covered some of the possible negative impacts EHR can have on a practice like physician productivity. Although, most practices are really good at analyzing the negative side of EHR, so the numbers in this whitepaper will help to round out your analysis of EHR.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the myths talked about in this whitepaper. Are there other EHR myths that those in healthcare should know about? Do you agree with the 5 myths mentioned in the whitepaper?