I wrote this reply in response to a blog written by Jay Fischer titled,
Do Multi-EHR Hospitals fulfil Meaningful Use Compliance more Easily?
It is interesting that for such a “new” addition to the support systems and processes that support the business of healthcare, and for the relatively few of them that have been implemented in hospitals, we can have the discussion of whether there is enough merit in having more than one EHR.
Leading hospitals are discovering they do not need multiple departments to perform similar functions. Some hospitals have more than one admissions department, payroll, human resources, information technology, and pharmacy. The individual groups which “own” those functions argue strongly for why they need to maintain ownership. I have yet to see an argument which is upheld under examination.
One HR department should be sufficient. In a market where hospitals are scrambling to cut costs, we will see hospitals reducing the number of EHRs to a single EHR. This will happen as other hospitals are implementing EHR on top of EHR. Who knows, perhaps as hospitals work to get down to a single EHR, they will find a market for slightly used, previously owned EHR.