A few weeks ago, our neighbor Mark, a physician in an independent group practice setting asked: ” You are the expert. What do you think about this EMR?” He mentioned a known vendor.
My response: ” Mark, you research your car buying decision more vigorously while with an EMR selection, you seem to be so casual! You will trade in your car in 2 years while the EMR decision would have a prolonged impact on your practice, your patients and possibly your reputation.”
Long story short, Mark invited me (and my team) to meet and discuss with his partners – other physicians with different specialties – and soon, we were-answering phone calls and emails from confused office managers, physicians and patient data records managers, from 23 different US states.
Two main areas of unment need stood out, on analysis of this on-going interaction:
1. these physicians and office managers were being hype by some of the vendors, of the typical “must buy now” variety, while some other clinic-based professionals were being misled about the EMR certification and “free” EMR’s.
2. EMR vendor/product selection is only a part of the picture. Many physicians that I connected with were surprised to learn, from my discussion with them, just how much in-depth thinking, planning and review they would still have to do, even if an EMR vendor/product had already been picked.
Since the nature of these queries indicated some common themes, it was obvious that there was some need for:
a seminar on EMR selection/implementation/tuning/support/integration/…
> that focused on needs of physicians (especially those in group practice) workflow, CPOE, etc.
> that was not vendor-driven (and therefore was conflict-free)
> that prepared the physicians and positioned their practice for any benefits from the US govenrnment’s federal stimulus program.
These steps led to the launch of EMR Seminars, a service of this company.
The next EMR seminars will be held as indicated below:
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 | Palo Alto, CA | 9 AM thru 11 AM
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 | Fremont, CA | 9 AM thru 11 AM
Register early as these events will sell out !!