EMR Book Review: “Beyond Implementation”

Like many of you I am sure, I have spent most of the time that I allocate for personal education getting smart on the intricacies of ARRA and EMR adoption.  After completing it, I could not wait to start writing this post to let you all know about THE BEST book that I have read on the topic and to encourage you to follow the link below to get one for yourself and some for the rest of the people on your team.  The title of the book is BEYOND IMPLEMENTATION: A Prescription for Lasting EMR Adoption and the authors are Heather Haugen and Dr. Jeffrey Woodside.

The authors do a great job of explaining why traditional approaches to “implementation” are destined to fail and they also do a great job of giving a detailed description of a new approach for not only implementation, but on-going adoption.  They authors speak from experience and they are “data people”  so they have measured the impact of various approaches in the 100’s of EMRs installs that they have studied.  They also base the book on the experiences of UT Medical Group where their first implementation was considered a failure and their re-implementation incorporated each of the new approaches suggested in the book.

To give you a taste for what you will learn in the book, here are some of the call-outs in the early chapters:

“Let’s begin by changing our primary target from implementation to adoption.”

“Physicians and clinical staff had not embraced change: they had simply molded the system to fit around their exist paper-based workflows.”

“Adoption does not have to be painful, but it does require the discipline to follow a proven methodology.”

“Moving from an EMR implementation focus to an EMR adoption focus requires a significant overhaul in how we think, how we lead, and how we behave.”

I think you probably get the idea.  The book tells you in good detail how to make that overhaul in your organization.  Despite the detail, the book is simple to read and despite the fact that I am a slow reader I read all 121 pages in a round trip of flights to and from my client this week.

If this sounds like a paid advertisement, I can assure you that it is not.  I have never heard of the authors before I read the book and have had no contact with them or their publisher.  I simply feel that this book would be great learning material for anyone interested enough in Healthcare IT to read this great blog.

You can get your paperback here or a copy for your Kindle here .  I hope that you enjoy the book as much as I did and that you will share your thoughts in the comments.

About the author


Joe Lavelle

Joe Lavelle is the Co-Founder of intrepidNow. Prior to that Joe was an accomplished healthcare IT executive and career coach with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, health care companies, and several Fortune 500 companies.

Joe is also the author of Act As If It Were Impossible To Fail, available on Amazon.


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