Is New Year, new EHR your practice’s resolution? You’re not alone. Software Advice analyzed requests for EHR recommendations through its system, and they found that the number of buyers replacing an existing EHR increased 59% in 2015 versus 2014, and that 60% of their total buyer population was switchers.

Practices as a whole are more experienced with EHRs, and therefore better able to prioritize what they want from a system. Systems have also steadily improved in recent years, becoming more responsive to physician and practice management needs. And the cloud has allowed for much faster roll-out of improvements, while keeping costs in line. It all adds up to make switching a much more attractive option than in the past — and it makes sticking with a system that’s unsatisfactory a lot less tolerable than it used to be.

If you’re looking to switch, your biggest concern is probably to ensure you’re making an upgrade — and not jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Because even though switching has gotten easier, and better systems have helped lower the risk, an EHR change is still a considerable undertaking, and will likely come with significant learning and conversion costs (even if the software itself is no more expensive).

I’ll be sharing some best practices for making an EHR change in a free webinar on January 20th, sponsored by Care360, entitled, Seven Steps to Choosing an EHR.” It’s a 30-minute presentation (so you’ll still have time for everything else you’ll need to get done, and maybe time to grab a sandwich!).  It’s at 11 Pacific/2 Eastern, and I hope you’ll join me.

This webinar is Part 1 of a two-part mini-series entitled, “Choose Wisely, Implement Well for EHR Success and Satisfaction.”  Sign up for “Seven Steps,” and you’ll automatically receive a reminder about Part 2 — plus you will have access to a recorded version of the presentation in the event you can’t attend live.

Please join us if you can — it’s always a pleasure to answer questions and hear your feedback live!

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