A recent KLAS publication reported more than a third of ambulatory practices (ranging from small to large) will replace their current EMR system. Why? Poor functionality, sun-setting products, and concerns about the corporate viability drive replacement needs. KLAS notes that while providers are still evaluating niche EMR products, many organizations are seeking the stability of established vendors. With Health Information Technology, especially EMR, moving from “nice to have to need to have,” selecting the right EMR has become a mission critical business driver.
The central theme of industry wide adoption of EHRs is based on the concept of “meaningful use,” which by design is a metric that will connect all the moving parts of this complicated initiative into a system that communicates and delivers high-grade electronic healthcare services. To qualify as a “meaningful user,” eligible providers must demonstrate use of a “qualified EHR” in a “meaningful manner.” It is a lofty and worthwhile goal. This white paper examines the total cost of ownership for “meaningful” EHR adoption in a physician practice.