“There is no use trying,” said Alice;
“one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.
“When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.”
There are a number of people who would have you believe impossible things. I dare say some already have. Such as?
“My EHR is certifiable.”
“They told me it will pass meaningful use.”
“We’re not responsible for Interoperability; that happens at the RHIO.”
“It doesn’t matter what comes out of the reform effort, this EHR will handle it.”
“We don’t have to worry about our workflow, this system has its own.”
Sometimes it’s best not to follow the crowd—scores of like-thinking individuals following the EHR direction they’ve been given by vendors and Washington. Why did you select that package—because somebody at The Hospital of Perpetual Implementations did?
There is merit in asking, is your organization guilty of drinking the Kool Aid? Please don’t mistake my purpose in writing. There are many benefits available to those who implement an EHR. My point is is that there will be many more benefits to those who select the right system, to those who know what business problems they expect to address, to those who eliminate redundant business functions, and those who implement proper change management controls.