The substantial investments in time, resources and organizational energy in EHRs were fueled by Meaningful Use incentives and justified by their vast potential benefits. Benefits include enabling adoption of evidence-based medicine, increasing adherence to clinical standards and protocols, improving the efficiency of ambulatory visits, and enhancing physician and staff satisfaction, among numerous others.
It is imperative that organizations recognize and tackle what is preventing their ability to leverage the EHR to its fullest extent: that it is not defined or managed as an organizational asset. Once fully leveraged, the EHR is integral to achieving organizational strategic and operating goals. Now, leading organizations are rethinking EHR value realization and building an agenda to reinvest and cultivate the EHR as a strategic asset.