Several have written suggesting I toss my hat into the ring to serve as the EHR Strategy wonk or czar. I was in the process of thinking it through when I was awakened from my fuegue state by a loud noise–my ego crashing to the floor.
Some have suggested that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Their point in saying that has something to do with how committees function less well than individuals–the problem with “group thinking.” Personally, I think the camel design seems rather functional.
Some have asked, what is it about the EHR universe that has you dehorting the EHR process as though you are some sort of savant–nobody really asked that, but I wanted a segue and that’s all I came up with.
It’s the committees. I feel a little like Quasimodo repining about the bells. Raise your hand if you are on an EHR committee. See? Now, if you think that not only has the committee not accomplished much, but believe that it may never accomplish much, lower your hand. Now look around. Not many hands still up.
Take a few minutes and work Meaningful Use into your EHR task time-line for processes, work flows, change management, training. Need more time? I’d need more time than I have, and when I finished I guarantee I couldn’t explain it to anyone. This is what happens when people get into a room, have a charter, and try to do something helpful. I am sure they are all nice people. But be honest, does this make your day, or does it make you want to punish your neighbor’s cat–you may have to buy them a cat if they don’t already have one.
What to do? Here’s my take on it. Plan. Evaluate the plan. Test the plan. Know before you start that the plan can handle anything any committee tosses your way. Let people who know how to run large projects into the room. Seek their counsel, depend on them for their leadership. If the plan is solid, the result has a better chance of surviving the next committee meeting