Docs Tell Congress EHR Adoption Presents Serious Challenge

http://twitter.com/#!/Health_IT/status/78878507308036096

I was intrigued when I saw this tweet as I’m sure you were when you saw the title of this post. However, I’m kind of embarrassed by what these doctors reported to Congress. Here’s one excerpt from the article linked above:

“As I investigated the system, I was astounded at the costs. An upfront fee of $5,000 per doctor, an installation fee of $2,000 per office, and then a monthly maintenance fee totaling $7,200 annually per doctor,” Elliott explained.

What EHR software is Dr. Elliott looking at? Those prices are too high. There are plenty of much less expensive certified EHR options out there. Not to mention a number of Free EHR options as well.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m sympathetic to the challenge that EHR adoption is for a medical practice. However, the testimony that’s given by these people to Congress has more to do with poor EHR selection practices than it has to do with the actual issues of implementing an EHR in their medical practice.

I’ve been harping for years, and providing free EHR selection tools and information, to help improve EHR selection. It’s really the biggest threat to broad EHR adoption.

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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.

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