As someone working (still, 5 years after go live) to transition a healthcare organization from paper charts to an EHR, primarily dealing with the utilization of data to drive improvement, I concur completely. The most difficult task I’ve ever had is convincing already strapped-for-time medical providers to change the way they do ANYTHING; learning new ways takes time they don’t feel they have and it’s very hard to get buy-in when I swear that once they learn the new ways, they’ll be amazed at how much more smoothly things run, and how much more accurate the data will be, and how much easier it will be to understand and explain and use for the benefit of their patients. It’s hard to claim increased patient confidentiality while also pedaling secure cloud messaging to veteran docs who still balk at smartphone technology. I am so excited for all of the technological changes on the horizon, but I admit, it’s going to be an uphill battle making all of the process changes — operational, financial, for ambulatory and inpatient docs — required to adapt to the technology.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.