Courtesy of Information Week, we get the following news: apparently, EMRs cost too much. Stop the presses!
IW magazine has shared data from a poll by KPMG in which the consulting giant surveyed more than 220 hospital and health system administrators. Now, it’s not all bad news. Twenty-five percent of respondents said they were very comfortable with the funding they had for their EMR rollout.
On the other hand, researchers found that 48 percent of respondents were only somewhat comfortable with the budget levels their system planned for EMR deployment, and 9 percent said they weren’t comfortable at all. This despite the fact that 49 percent of the interviewees are more than halfway through their projects.
This suggests a few things, none of which are terribly heartening:
* That roughly half of hospitals and health systems didn’t budget enough or plan for the marathon effort it would take to get these giant engines running smoothly.
* That Meaningful Use incentives, while lovely and all, aren’t doing enough to defray hospital costs.
* That senior hospital and health system managers don’t have a very realistic picture of what it will to keep feeding the EMR beast for the long- term.
* That hospitals won’t even consider appreciably cheaper alternatives like Open Vista (a story in an of itself)
Mind you, it’s easy to forget that hindsight is 20/20, and that industry changes keep throwing these leaders curves. Predicting what an enterprise software installation will cost five years from now is half black art, half SWAG. So I’m not beating up on the CIOs.
I’m just surprised that anyone would be taken aback by the news that CIOs aren’t sure they can pay for all of this EMR wonderfulness. I mean, honestly, are you?