The past couple days I’ve been able to enjoy a couple days sitting down with hospital CFO’s at HFMA’s ANI conference in Las Vegas. I think this is the third time I’ve attended the event and it’s always a really interesting conference since hospital CFOs have a great financial perspective into the running of a hospital.
While at the big dinner celebration they had last night at the event, I asked a hospital CFO what she thought of the event and what she’d learned. She responded:
The sessions really helped me feel good about the small investments we’ve been making in population health and analytics. I think were going in the right direction.
Then she added this after thought that was telling:
Not to mention justifying the insane amount of money we’re spending on our EHR.
I think we’ve done a really poor job of explaining why the EHR is worth the investment. Let’s be honest though. Most of the EHR implementations haven’t been about leveraging the EHR to improve the organization. They’ve been focused on the meaningful use regulatory requirements, getting the EHR incentive money, and avoiding the EHR penalties.
Going forward we’re going to have to shift our thinking. We’re going to have to do a much better job justifying the EHR expense by showing the benefits an EHR provides a hospital organization.