EMR’S: The Revoltuion

Change is not always the easiest thing to do deal with.  It disrupts our comfort zone and forces us to be uncomfortable and unfamiliar – luckily this is not a bad thing.  Many of our best doctors grew up in an age where files were not on the computer, and digital photos didn’t exist yet.  Over the years the medical technology has become more and more advanced making care faster and easier.

Some doctors have been more willing than others to accept this new change into the digital age, while others have been more stubborn about sticking to their old ways.  The problem is that those who don’t adapt have a higher chance of being left behind; in the medical field having the most innovative technology is great!

As a world we must understand that going from paper into this technology age is not just a new phase, it’s a new movement into the new world.  Doctors are no longer just diagnosing but they have to analyze data and become a sophisticated software user.

We have to slow down and understand that this transition will not be over night.  We must help our doctors with this transition by being patient as they learn.  EMR’s are revolutionizing Optometry; lets see where it will take us.

2 Comments on “EMR’S: The Revoltuion”

  1. Ms. Johnstone,

    Resistance to EMR adoption is unquestionably obstructing the pace and depth of EMR use. The current inducements to adopt EMR is insufficient to over come the resistance to its use. What is completely missing in most arguements is the appropriate justification to change.

    Without a tangible “reason-to-change”, I can see adoption rates leveling off with not much improvement in the adoption of EMRs.

    Can EMR vendors and consultants be clearer in what is their company’s value-added proposition? If the target audience is stratified in some fashion, do vendors have an idea which gorup they can market best to? In summary, I think the multivariate nature of EMRs should discourage gurus from concluding that the rate of use of EMRs amongst doctors will rise. We will be looking forward to your next article.

    • I agree. WIthout an incentive to change there will not be change. The incentive to change is to better the work flow system, it is to make it easier to pull up patients files and to share information. By digitalising the system it allows for a faster more efficient work-flow. I understand that the system we have now is fine, but like everything else in our world today things need to be more efficient which is directly tired to being faster, instant if you will. I do also agree that knowing our target audience and the best market to reach them through is beyond important.

      I understand that this is a multivariate issue, but I do feel that eventually our world will be digitalised it’s just a question of when.

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