Fresh Start In Health IT

January 5, 2015 by By InTouch Health

The legendary rock group The Who once had a song entitled, “We Won’t Get Fooled Again.” That should be the theme song of the thousands of healthcare organizations that paid too much and waited too long for EHR systems that haven’t produced the promised savings and interoperability.

In a recent Black Book Market Research report, 94% of hospitals that are struggling financially say that it’s due to botched or delayed IT projects. And 75% of the CFOs surveyed say that they can’t afford revenue cycle management tools because they overspent on EHRs.

This means that struggling hospitals are likely to fall further behind their well-off competitors who do have the funds to invest in a variety of new projects.

Bear in mind that this was a massive research project that polled more than 2,300 hospital CFOs and CIOs. The report provides ample evidence that the fastest way to become a “have not” hospital is to embark on a poorly executed EHR implementation.

Fortunately, hospital leaders don’t have to repeat the past. There’s now a golden opportunity to “get it right” when implementing telemedicine by avoiding all the potholes and problems that have plagued EHRs so far.

When hospitals and health systems make wise telemedicine decisions, they can achieve things that EHRs promised but didn’t deliver: interoperability, ease of use, and timely implementation.

The painful lessons learned from EHR projects will help more healthcare organizations choose the right telemedicine partner – and get things right from the very start.