We hear constant complaints from physicians about the implementation of EHR not meeting the expectations of providers or the overstated sales pitch of software vendors. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Too many practices jumped in feet first without a strategic plan to make the EHR tool work for all providers in the practice. Most EHR implementations have resulted in more staff for practices as providers try to work around the inefficiencies of software that poorly integrate into the process of treating patients. Those increased costs have not been adequately offset by the federal Meaningful Use Incentive.
Positives in more secure data, remote access, greater ability to analyze data and others are still present. The transition has however been painful and costly. If your practice has seen overhead expenses climb after your implementation of EHR, you should consider getting help on how to better use the tool selected and evaluate the myriad of services available to supplement your EHR setup improving efficiency and reducing costs. Mom always said the “Devil is in the details”.
Richard L. Byyny, MD published a recent editorial on the subject. Check out his opinion below.
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This post was written by Brian White