Buying a Car or EMR - Similarities

Generally speaking we buy cars with emotion, not logic. If logic alone prevailed we would buy the cheapest and safest transportation to get us from point A to point B.

We evaluate - 

  • Convenience
  • Looks
  • Safety
  • Value
  • Something that matches our Status (and more)
  • Comfort of passengers

There are two important similarities I want to highlight.

  1. When you get an EMR, don't just look at your comfort and convenience. Don't evaluate just from a clinical charting perspective. Involve 'passengers' - your staff. In fact, they will be driving more than you.
  2. The old adage - you get what you pay for holds even for EMR systems just as cars. Look at your value, convenience, and overall workflow benefits. Buying the cheapest is not always a good idea.

And as with anything else, look at recommendations from peer and third parties.