I tend to work on the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” level. I’m never the first person out selling the latest business technology and I never recommend the latest and greatest software for your business systems production environment. But, you can count on me to be on the bleeding edge with my own business software and hardware, both in production and in testing and evaluation. After all, I do this for a living.
I’m comfortably familiar with the bleeding edge, except when it comes to QuickBooks, the software I use to bill and count money; that’s right, MONEY. It took me from 1999 to 2008 to change my own version of QuickBooks. There is just too much at stake to move me off of the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” level. Change isn’t easy so if you want to change a software version, one needs a very compelling reason to do so. And one needs to schedule the transition carefully and deliberately, to positively impact one’s business, as opposed to the other stuff I constantly read about.
So, if you see one of these, avoid the urge to press the left button.
You’ll thank yourself later. After all, it’s too close to the end of the year, tax season and 5:00pm.
Read “A Start-Up’s Tale, Tweet by Tweet” at WSJ
Print “A Start-Up’s Tale, Tweet by Tweet” as a PDF and save it where you can find it again.
Research, research and research some more.
Read “A Start-Up’s Tale, Tweet by Tweet” at WSJ again.
Plan, plan and plan some more.
Read “A Start-Up’s Tale, Tweet by Tweet” at WSJ the third time.
If you didn’t learn anything new after the third read, execute your plan.
Otherwise, revise your plan, then execute your plan.
Read “A Start-Up’s Tale, Tweet by Tweet” at WSJ for extra motivation.
Work, work and work some more.
Read “A Start-Up’s Tale, Tweet by Tweet” at WSJ for additional motivation.
Continue working, enjoy and measure.
Disclaimer: I’m on my second reading.
APC has an interesting white paper about deploying EMR. You can download it here. (requires new account setup) Of course their take is from a power perspective.
The key things you want to be sure of when you consider where to actually put your equipment should include the following:
• Ability to provide enough cooling for the hardware as the hardware needs it
• Ability to simply and easily add new hardware. Storage, for example, is going to grow each and every day – just look at your paper files
• Ability to provide dependable power to the hardware that is protected so that it is not interrupted and can expand when you add new hardware
• Ability to see and manage of potential problems from power, cooling, or security
• Simplifies the set-up and use of new hardware by simplifying cabling.
I see these as the top five reasons to think real seriously about a HIPAA compliant virtual hosted environment for your new EMR deployment. Keep the hardware out of your clinic and save a ton of money and headache.