1. Think of EMR as a power tool – it should help to improve patient care and practice efficiency.
2. Selection & implementation requires a substantial amount of time, planning, and support.
3. Don’t try to implement if current system is in a state of chaos.
4. Train, train, train, train, and train again.
5. Change is hard – very hard.
6. Any implementation plan should be group based, not vendor based.
7. Pay close attention to data conversion.
8. Plan and allow enough time.
9. Get buy-in from key players.
10. Don’t confuse wants and needs. You don’t know what you don’t know.