The basic idea presented is a big image showing the potential time frame required for doctors wanting to become a Meaningful EHR user in order to cash in on the EHR stimulus from the HITECH act.
The conclusion of the article is that you can show meaningful EHR use by 2011, but you need to start now.
Until we really know what HHS is going to require of an EHR user to receive some EHR stimulus money, then it’s really hard to guess how long a user will need to have used an EHR to show meaningful use. However, it’s more than reasonable to make a goal of implementing an EHR by 2011.
I personally implemented a local doctor starting a new office in about a month and a half. Would have been much faster, but we took our time to look through the EHR and make a decision on which one to implement. I’m not necessarily suggesting this as an EMR implementation model for all doctors, but mostly saying that it’s possible to implement an EMR very quickly when necessary.