The EMR Complexities

Carl Bergman offered an interesting comment on this post about “When the EMR Is the Problem.” In his comment he creates a list of ways that an EMR company can cause a problem for the end user:

  • Requirements
  • Research
  • User involvement
  • References
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Usability
  • Customization
  • Configurations
  • Implementation
  • Testing
  • Training and
  • Support

I found this to be a really intriguing list since it highlights many of the complexities associated with creating and implementing EMR into a medical office. There are a lot of points of failure and each has to be addressed to have a beautifully seamless EMR implementation experience.

With so many points of failure, is it any wonder that we have so many “failed” EMR implementations?

It’s a special EMR company that can handle all of this list well (not to mention doing so at scale).

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, 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.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.


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