EMR Stimulus Concerns

Posted on June 7, 2010 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 just read one of the best posts I’ve read in quite a while by Marc Holland, CEO of System Research Services about HI(TECH) Anxiety. One of the best parts of the post was a list he did of the concerns physicians and their staff have about the EMR stimulus:

  • I don’t have enough Medicare revenues to qualify
  • I don’t have enough of a Medicaid patient volume to qualify
  • I’m reluctant to shop, let alone buy, until I know what criteria I must meet for my usage to be considered “meaningful”
  • The vendors I have spoken with don’t offer a version suitable to my specialty; a general purpose EMR simply doesn’t meet my needs
  • I have no personal capability or interest in becoming my own IT department and I don’t have the luxury of staff with the necessary skills
  • I haven’t begun to shop and don’t know where to start
  • The software I have seen doesn’t match my needs; usability is a key concern
  • I’m concerned about sharing my patient information with competitors and with the government, how do I preserve the confidentiality of my patient information?
  • How do I obtain and manage patient permissions?
  • I need help; lots of help

These concerns really aren’t new. Plus, none of them are really all that significant. It’s just the learning curve that’s required to implement an EMR. Sadly, I think that far too much focus has been on shoving the EMR down people’s throats instead of educating them properly on EMR and the inherent benefits of those EMR.