Electronic health records (EHR) systems have become almost as much of a medical necessity as hospitals themselves. But before implementing an EHR system, it’s in your best interest to perform an EHR readiness assessment. Indeed, an effective EHR readiness assessment is a better way to head into evaluation and implementation than making guesses based on assumptions. Whether your office is a part of a private practice or a collection of hospitals, skipping this vital step can easily end up wasting untold amounts of time and money. And on top of that, you can miss out on qualifying for EHR incentive programs if your practice doesn’t use it effectively.