Why EHRs are difficult to implement

Aside from the disruption during roll-out, many EHR programmers don’t really ask what physicians want. A typical IT top-down mentality:

Few developers have asked the physicians what they need. Fewer developers understand why they encounter such massive physician resistance. Those who have tried to understand the resistance can not get a straight answer . .

. . . I think the reason is that software developers are oriented toward the hospital as their customer and not the physician. Hospitals have money to spend on capital improvements. Physicians do not want to spend large amounts of money on anything, especially something that they perceive will add little value to their practice. In fact, the EMR might hurt their practice.

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