The Problem: Somebody’s Missing in EHR Implementations Print

Getting EHR off the ground is pretty much the same everywhere. Maybe that’s the problem! ehr-implementation

You’re spending thousands, maybe even millions, on new technology, right? But what makes technology work?

The answer is found in one word—PEOPLE. Technology works when PEOPLE are engaged in the EHR process. Which PEOPLE? Think first of those most critical--think


Make no mistake about it—overcoming physician resistance to EHR implementation is an uphill battle.

Resistance by physicians is built on solid ground. They already know, or will learn as the EHR implementation unfolds, the undeniable impact EHR will have on them—directly and very personally.

1st is cost. There is a significant investment in hardware, or a Web-hosted EHR that could be more economical. Either way, we’re not talking small change. Next is the support cost, such as software for servers, operating system, anti-virus, firewall, the cost to do data backup, the exposure to HIPAA breach given the vulnerability to theft of Protected Health Information (PHI), and on and on.

While this may be foreign territory to many physicians, one thing is certain—they are wondering how such expenditures will impact the way they practice medicine and their income, naturally expecting the worst. EHR implementation cost alone may be the strongest barrier to physician adoption of EHR... Download full article in PDF


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