Monday, August 04, 2008

Will your EMR crash and burn?

From Medical Economics:

Close to 20 percent of healthcare organizations surveyed by the Medical Records Institute in 2007 either had uninstalled an EHR system or were in the process of doing so. The federal government estimates that the EHR failure rate tops 30 percent.

To be sure, some flops can be blamed on a software or hardware "lemon." But most of the time, the culprits are all-too-human problems—poor planning, poor communication, and poor training.

How to avoid this nightmare: build gradually and go slow, according to the experts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Until EMR's are standardised and integrated, like Microsoft Office, I'm using a free EMR which works fine for me. All the competing systems have to be consolidated into one or two completely integrated standard package. I'm not holding my breath, nor will it save one dollar or one life.