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.