Develop the next generation Ferarri in your garage (or outsource to save money and time)

Sorry, but I could not resist raising an eyebrow reading this pitch to clinics/hospitals:

“Want to save money and time while focusing on core competencies? Outsource costly EMR/EHR software developments and watch your productivity rise while demonstrating meaningful use! “

Let’s see,  EMRs/EHRs are costly to develop, and an EMR/EHR, for sure, is a core competency, but if I were to outsource development what residual core competencies would I then have to focus on?

And how does one “save money and time” taking on a long-term development project where the scope of work is re-inventing the wheel? (oops, four wheels, actually, not to forget the racing car that needs to go on top of these).

I  suppose the way to look at it is this –  if the rates for outsourcing are low enough, you could spend a lot and, in so doing,  save a huge amount of money.

The best part of the pitch comes at the end   “. . .watch your productivity rise while demonstrating meaningful use”.

I must say I had problems connecting the dots here.  It had not occurred to me that demonstrating meaningful use to a regulatory authority could be viewed as productive (not for me, not for the auditor).

Is this not just a little bit far removed from treating patients?  Obviously not far enough, because once an agency takes on development of an EMR/EHR, the healthcare professionals would probably have to resort to treating patients in their spare time.

Hmm . . . maybe now would be a good time to get rid of all of the patients and just focus on developing EMR/EHR software and demonstrating meaningful use.


Management consultant and process control engineer (MSc EE) with a focus on bridging the gap between operations and strategy in the areas of critical infrastructure protection, connect-the-dots law enforcement investigations, healthcare services delivery, job shop manufacturing and b2b/b2c/b2d transactions. (C) 2010-2018 Karl Walter Keirstead, P. Eng. All rights reserved. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and are not connected with Jay-Kell Technologies Inc, Civerex Systems Inc. (Canada), Civerex Systems Inc. (USA) or CvX Productions.
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