Not Ready for EMR because of Obamacare?

I have heard this so many times - not going to implement EMR because provider is not sure what will happen to 'Obamacare'. What has Obamacare to do with EMR?

Nothing, yet, everything if you think about it.

Scenario 1: It all depends on what happens to Obamacare

As far as providers are concerned, if he/she is worried that Obamacare will reduce reimbursement levels to make them so low that they can't sustain their private practice, then of course investing in anything does not make sense. It does not matter what you and I say or think. I don't think that will happen but then it is the perception of the provider that matters.

So, if the real fear is - will I remain in practice, then nothing matters.

Scenario 2: Nothing to do with Obamacare

If a provider is convinced no matter what, they will stay in business, then they should look beyond incentives. Look beyond penalties. Look for these tools to help improve your practice and business.

Will these tools slow you down?

Only, if not implemented, used and executed properly.