6 EHR Myths

I got the following 6 EHR myths from this presentation:
Myth #1: EHR Projects are IT Projects
Myth #2: EHR Software is useful out of the box
Myth #3: EHR Vendors will provide all the project management and assistance I need
Myth #4: I can manage my own EHR project
Myth #5: All EHRs are the same
Myth #6: EHRs can communicate with one another

I thought this was an interesting list to consider. The only one that kind of bothers me is Myth #4. I think this one really depends on the size of the practice and the skill of the physician/office manager. Many a clinic had done a great job implementing an EMR on their own. Granted, there are probably more failed ones who’ve gone it on their own. I guess I’ll stand that you can do it on your own, but be sure to know what you don’t know. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with those things you don’t know.

What do you think of this list?

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  • I think the list is very insightful. Although as a guy who is willing to provide all the support anyone could ask for but cannot get doctors to commit to trying my services because I am the “little guy” .
    I am not sure what listing it here does. Other than the chance to let me get a little plug in.


  • Is there any prohibition for a practice that meets MU standard yet does so using a uncertivized EHR from receiving HITECH incentives? … and not be liable for penalties down the road?

    Is the objective to improve the Quality of medicine? or is the objective to enrich software companies?

  • Not that I’ve heard of. I could see them adding an exception at some point for the penalties. Basically, we won’t penalize if…but we’ll see.

  • Don B,
    I feel all this interference is just normal Govt hooplah. All the attempts at standardization are a way to drag this out and potentially create new revenue streams for non compliance.
    If you look at the record retention laws the differences from state to state and from industry to industry are so varied it will take decades to iron any of this out. In those decades there will be fines or compromised payments for non compliance.
    I couldn’t tell you when or how they will start but I am confident they will start.
    Who knows ? Maybe there will be a fee similar to “PMI” on your mortgage for those that do not comply.

  • Myth #6 correlates directly to Myth #5. Select your vendor carefully, know what they do and don’t offer. Know thier core values. The company needs to value the patient just as much as the provider and I dare say, the profit margin. A reputable company understands the only way to make profit is by keeping both the patient and provider safe and happy, those are the ones that will ensure thier software can and does communicate with other vendors. Choose vendors who don’t feel they are the ones who “own the data”. The data is there to share and improve healthcare.

  • Myth #1 Not so…owner and customer are not/ should not be IT

    Myth #2 Very rare

    Myth #3 Even more rare

    Myth #4 , 5 and 6 Allows me to enjoy job security!

  • As always, you are on target. There are so many myths and less than truthful statements out there it makes me sick (Does my doctor have EMR? shutter shutter). Talk to you on the 14th.

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