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Abstract

What is true for many aspects of life is also true for HIT-timing is everything. When a practice is ready to move forward with an EHR system, the potential benefits are numerous, from capturing potential clinical and billing mistakes to lessening the need for additional personnel and the prompt sharing of information with other providers. Attempting to install an EHR system before a practice, or any provider, is ready, however, can lead to disaster, as was discovered at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when it was forced to shelve its three-month-old, thirtyfour million dollar computer system. This Article explores the legal issues and practical considerations that a practice should be aware of before making the leap to an EHR system.