EHR: This is not a trick question

Okay, so today was going to be one of those days when I wasn’t going to allow myself to be stupified–at least no more than was really required.

Then it sneaks up smack dab in the middle of a call, and from what I’ve been able to determine, people find it annoying if you burst out laughing on the call.  (They are not annoyed at all if you simply write about them provided they don’t read it.)

What got me going is this statement, “We’ve budgeted $X for EHR.”

Really?  You did this all by yourself?

The facts as I understood them are as follows:

  • Never bought an EHR
  • Don’t know how big they are, if they are blue or green, come gift-wrapped, or if you need two people to carry it
  • No input from vendors about EHR
  • No discussions with others abot what an EHR system costs

So, with absolutely no information, how does one determine how much they need to spend for an EHR?  This is not like going to the supermarket for a gallon of Soy Milk–not that anyone would want to do that.

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2 thoughts on “EHR: This is not a trick question

  1. Good story. I’m all for people having a budget. Although, it’s important to have good information before making the budget. You can’t just pull a number out of the air. Those are the type of people who go and buy a big expensive house just because their budget said they could. Yet, they would have been much happier with a smaller house that cost half the price.

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