Kevin Rollins Talks About EMR and RHIO at BYU’s Center for eBusiness

The world is only beginning to see the far-reaching effects of Internet expansion in business and in every part of life, Kevin Rollins told the Center for eBusiness� advisory board.

BYU Center for eBusiness Newsletter

Kevin Rollins, CEO of Dell, talked to the BYU Center for eBusiness advisory board. I am a BYU fanatic. (If you don’t believe me then take a look at my BYU Sports Blog) The center for eBusiness is especially interesting to me. I think it’s a great idea for a University.

You can imagine my surprise when Kevin Rollins talked about the impact of EMR and RHIOs. Here’s an excerpt from the newsletter:

He also discussed some emerging Internet advances that are positively changing the medical field. Making health records available online will help medical professionals record treatments and assessments; it will allow doctors and facilities separated by thousands of miles to access patients� health records. Patients in turn will be able to compare and contrast hospitals and health care facilities across the nation to find the best fit for their needs. Currently, these advances are only being tested in highly populated cities. But expansion is both necessary and imminent.

�We just need more people experimenting and moving ahead on this so we have confidence that it will work,� he said.

I’m glad that someone understands the importance of EMR and RHIOs. One problem I see is that everyone is interested in the idea of EMR and exchanging patient records. However, not nearly enough doctors are implementing them. In an economic system, there has to be motivation for doctors to implement an EMR. Right now I don’t think those motivations are persuasive enough for doctors to implement an EMR. I hope this can change over time.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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  • What physician has the time, the desire to pursue, and the absolute need to see the patient’s med rec over the Net? They do not even have the time to implement this program when it is in their own office. They have people to do this for them and put “papers to hold in their hands” in front of them. Also, who is responsible for encoding and hack-proofing these systems in house with all the stringernt HIPPA rules and requirements? Most (READ ALL) physicians I work with do not even use this system within the parameters of their own office. They have people to put paper in front of them. And the people who implemented EMR do not have a clue as to how to control it. What is your suggestion to overcome this -SLIGHT- obstacle? I build templates for this program, since support for this product SUCKS, as you must well know, in addition to other work obligations, and I work very hard at all I do in hopes of enlightenment. However, I see no progress as promised at time of procurement of this product. If this is indeed your dream, please go about it differently than the company who sucked my employer in……. FALSE PROMISES AND FALSE HOPES. All glossaries completely usable – BULL- READY TO GO ONLINE IMMEDIATELY – BULL.. ET CETERA. I have spent the last eight months of my life trying to make this program usable for our practice. END OF STORY. I wish you luck, but come up with a different ending……

  • Thanks for your comments. It seems like you have had a much different experience with EMR than I have had. It sounds like your doctors weren’t onboard with this implementation and have made it a failure and miserable for you. That’s quite unfortunate.

    You mention this program or this product a few times, but I’m not sure what you’re referring to. Was this a message you’d like to send to the owner of your practice? If it was I’d be happy to forward it to them on your behalf. I wish I knew what program you were referring to. Not all EMR’s are created equal.

    It’s interesting that your first point was doctors wanting to see their patients on the net. I recently read that one of the biggest reasons doctors like an EMR is because of their remote access to their charts.

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