Switching EHRs is a Headache for this Practice
In four short months, we will be switching from the EHR system we’ve enjoyed since 2006 to a new system now required by our independent physicians’ association (IPA). We have mixed feelings about the change. If it was entirely left to us, we wouldn’t switch. That said, there are certain potential functions we are looking forward to using. The key here is the word potential. Perhaps it’s the cynical times we’re living in, but throughout the long process of selecting, preparing and training for the new epic (“epic” the adjective, not the noun, due to liability) system, it has felt like we’re being pitched by a stereotypical luxury car dealer from both the technology vendor and our IPA.
To be clear. we are not luddites. When we opened our micro-practice in 2006, it was opened as, and remains to this day, a paperless primary-care office. It’s not easy being a paperless office in an industry still in love with paper and with faxing, and refaxing, the same labs or progress notes repeatedly. Over the years we’ve devised a system where we translate data on paper into structured bits and bytes which our EHR organizes and analyzes.