SRSsoft, an EMR vendor, put out an interesting press release putting the lost democratic senate seat in Massachusetts with healthcare reform and EHR adoption. Here’s a quote from the press release:
“The question is not whether we need healthcare reform,” says Evan Steele, CEO, SRSsoft. “Rather, the voters voiced their concern that reform must benefit consumers and physicians, not just government, insurance companies, and vendors. This election must open the government to input from all stakeholders, and that is a good sign for the constituents of SRS—the physicians—who feel that their voice is not being heard on healthcare reform and on EHR adoption.”
Honestly, I don’t see the change in the Senate seat affecting EMR adoption at all. However, I think it will have a big impact on healthcare reform. I’ve said before that the healthcare reform has opened our eyes to the government processes in ways we’d never seen before. I think that the HITECH act has done much of the same for those of us interested in EMR legislation and rule making.