Quote About Current EHR Software

This quote was far too interesting to not repost it here for all to read.

Each and every piece of multi, multi-million dollar bloated piece of crap healthcare “electronic medical record” (sounds about as dated as electronic mail, doesn’t it?”), is simply a billing engine to communicate a medical diagnosis to insurance companies with the hopes of maximizing how much doctors are paid. Each diagnosis and procedure has these numerical codes. They are a ridiculously robust antiquated language, like the code written to power the Commodore 64. There are people who speak this language – the 100 or so medical billers who are holed up in the basement of every hospital.

I’ve often argued that many EMR companies are just bloated billing software. However, Dr. Jay Parkinson described that point with a little more force than I did.

The funny part is that Dr. Jay Parkinson works for an EMR company himself. I guess he believes that his company is not one of the “piece of multi, multi-million dollar bloated piece of crap healthcare “electronic medical record””

Just to be clear, I believe the above description is true about many EHR companies, but not all. Many EHR can provide amazing results for doctors. Otherwise, I wouldn’t waste my time writing about EHR software on this blog.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, 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.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

1 Comment

  • Thanks for the post! No sir…we’re definitely not a typical EMR. Once you see the platform we’ve built, you’ll understand. We’ll be demoing the Hello Health platform next week at Health 2.0 and releasing it this summer. It’s way more like Amazon than Epic!

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