Don’t Use EHR Stimulus As A Criteria in EHR Selection

One of the biggest mistakes a doctor can do is to use EHR stimulus money as a criteria for their selection of an EHR. I strongly suggest that EHR stimulus money only be used as a tie breaker between two equally great EHR companies or as a nice side benefit to choosing an EHR company that happens to qualify as a certified EHR.

The problem with using EHR stimulus money as a criteria is that it will cause you to compromise what’s actually most important in selecting an EHR. The EHR you select will be something that you use every single day. It encompasses everything you do in your practice. In many ways it really becomes the heart and soul of your practice.

Selecting an EHR should focus on finding the EHR software that will be most usable for the way you run your practice. No amount of potential EHR stimulus money will be worth the frustration and heartache associated with failing to implement or implementing and hating the EHR you selected.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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