As most of you know, I’ve been really involved in a number of different LinkedIn groups. There are a lot of smart people there sharing a lot of good knowledge. Even for something as niche as EHR software.
In a recent thread I participated in, some really interesting comments were made about the hospital EHR sales and buying process.
I’d sum up the discussion as follows:
Very few hospital EHR vendors are focused on loyalty or customer satisfaction. Related to that is the users of the system aren’t the customers of the system in the hospital EHR purchase.
I find the first point absolutely fascinating as I think about what motivation an EHR vendor has of focusing on loyalty and customer satisfaction. Plus, this idea is reinforced by those who make the hospital EHR purchase decision not actually being users of the system.
I’m sure that many will come on this thread and talk about how healthcare is small and that people talk. This is true. However, if the people talking aren’t users of the hospital EHR software, then how important is the customer satisfaction with that system.
Does anyone else think that it’s a problem that the “customer” of the hospital EHR system is someone who doesn’t use said EHR system?
In this case the user of the hospital EHR system are generally the physicians and the nurses. Sure, those physicians and nurses could lead an uprising against the hospital management based on the hospital EHR’s lack of usability, but that’s much easier said than done. In fact, I’d suggest that it’s pretty rare. Part of the problem here likely is that doctors have to choose their battles and they have enough other battles with the hospital administration that EHR doesn’t usually make it to the top of that list.
Seems like the most popular EHR vendors have this figured out. They know who makes the purchasing decisions and their software and sales approach reflects this situation. This is an unfortunate thing for healthcare.