I’ve had on my list to do a nice post talking about all the people suggesting how meaningful use should be defined. Unfortunately, I’ve been sidetracked by a number of projects in my life. Not the least of which is a website about EMR and EHR that I’ll announce officially on this website shortly. Hopefully I’ll have the time to do a full fledge post on defining meaningful use very soon. I’ve been collecting a lot of perspectives on meaningful use and so it just takes a lot of energy to sort through them all.
The other thing that has really taken my time was this presentation about EMR that I did today at a local medical school. You may remember that I asked for some help in preparing a quality EMR presentation and so I wanted to thank all those who contributed to my presentation. It’s really amazing how much better the readers of this website can make me look in a presentation or article that I’m doing. I must admit that I really enjoy doing presentations and I love talking about EMR. So, it was a lot of fun. I think next on my wish list is to be invited to present at some EMR related conference or even better would be to take part in a panel at some conference.
What I did find really interesting with the medical students was what it was like to explain the HITECH Act and $18 billion of EHR stimulus money to a bunch of students. They were all just laughing at the way the HITECH act is set up and trying to promote EHR usage. I was laughing myself thinking about how silly it sounds when you talk about why a doctor might not want to worry about the possible EHR stimulus money. I don’t think they were fooled by the pile of EHR stimulus money.
What’s really amazing is that I just checked and this will be my 400th post on EMR and HIPAA. I don’t usually sit there and look at how many posts I’ve done. I just try to create some good content that people will find useful. Then, I look back and think about what 400 posts involves and I must admit that I’m pretty proud of what I’ve created here.
I also find it funny that while this will be my 400th post to this blog, I still have 168 drafts of ideas that I just have never had the time to post about. I really should go back and see what’s in there. I rarely ever look past the last 10-20 draft posts. I’m sure there’s some real gems that I just never found the time to write about. So, if you start seeing some references to older items, then you’ll know I’m just doing some spring cleaning on the blog.
I’ve got a lot of other things I’d like to do with this blog including creating some really pointed e-books on EMR implementation, EMR selection, EMR features, EMR consultants, etc. I also hope to have some more time to flesh out the EMR, EHR and HIPAA wiki. It definitely needs some more love if you want to participate. I know I’ve used the information a couple of times and it’s starting to grow more and more useful as people add information to the wiki.
Ok, that’s enough rambling for now. Thanks for being a reader and here’s to the next 400 EMR and HIPAA posts.