Lessons Electronic Health Records Learned from Star Trek

Yes, you should be wincing a little bit if you clicked on this post because you just had to see what it was talking about. Thankfully, it’s not actually my post. It’s a post on the CareCloud blog titled “9 Things Electronic Health Records Can Learn From Star Trek”. Here’s the list of 9 things (you can read the full descriptions on the link above):

  • Multiple Channels for Data Entry
  • Interactive Patient Education
  • Holographic Doctors
  • Detailed PHR on demand
  • Integration with vital signs monitoring systems
  • Adaptive, Intuitive Touch Screen Interfaces
  • Real time Practice-wide Synchronization
  • Remote Access for Patients
  • Support for Mobile Devices

Pretty creative if I do say so myself.

About the author

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.


  • Ah, John, you dissapoint me: making allusions to Star Trek is nothing to be ashamed of! Now, advocating for holographic doctors, that’s a whole different matter, but I’d personally love to get in a starship one of these days (2001 was nine long years ago, sigh). Thanks for this list: it’s a great tongue-and-cheek way of supporting HIT.

  • Sorry to disappoint. I guess I’m more of a Star Wars guy than a Star Trek one.

    Holographic doctors would be interesting….lol.

  • Yea that Star Trek Sick Bay had about 1 or 2 patients a day. Will that EHR scanner also cross reference to ICD-9 … and ICD-10 when it finally arrives? Gotta love that meaningless granularity.

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