EMR and “Traditional Doctors”

At my EHR/ARRA presentation in Austin the speaker before me, Jill Lewis, CEO of Urology Austin (who did an excellent job), was trying to describe some of the doctors who were having a harder time adopting and learning to use their EMR software. You knew that she wanted to say “older doctors” but didn’t want to possibly offend some of the possibly older doctors in the room. Smart move.

As she was struggling for the right description of the doctors who were having a harder time learning or adopting their EMR, a nice GYN in the front shouted out “traditional doctors.” I thought the description was perfect. So, from now on I’ll be using the term “traditional doctors” when describing those that are averse to adopting an EMR. I think this is actually a great description since the fact of the matter is that while many of the “traditional doctors” are older, there are some older doctors who are wonderful adopters of EMR and there are younger doctors who don’t want to go anywhere near an EMR.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, 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.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.