Focusing on the Right EMR Goals

Posted on March 22, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 preached this point many times since we heard about the EMR stimulus money, but I can’t help but repeat it over and over so that as many doctors as possible will get the right message. Bill Karmis from Media Spider left the following comment which aligns pretty well with my thoughts on EMR selection:

As you have seen in many of my posts, I believe the real reasoning behind choosing a method and using it should not be based on recovering money for doing so. It should be done for the core reasons that EMR EHR systems were invented.

1 To be more efficient in the workplace.
2 To more effectively collaborate with your peers.
3 To be responsible for the information you are to maintain and a physician.
4 Reclaim valuable office space.

In either case, the stimulus money is a carrot being dangled my our government. The same government that is probably 10 years behind the average technological curve.

The same government that we know puts more spin on everything they get involved with than any individual would be allowed to do.