Everyone likes the idea of migrating to a single EHR platform, but in reality, “there are lot of discussions that have to take place around the rules of the road,” says CIO Stephanie Lahr.
The days where the CMIO’s primary role was to “keep the natives from growing restless” are done, according to Michael Marino. “You have to be part MBA, part physician, and part technology executive,” he says.
While it’s true that “a rising tide raises all boats,” when it comes to finding interoperability solutions, it’s important to realize that smaller boats have a different set of needs – and resources, says Chuck Christian.
Budgets can force leaders to make difficult decisions, but one thing that shouldn’t be sacrificed are clinical informaticists, says Dirk Stanley, MD, who believes losing that expertise will end up costing much more in the long run.
When it comes to measuring EHR satisfaction, there’s no such thing as over-communication, says Christine Machado, who discusses the strategy Compass Medical is using to more effectively predict the impact of change.