Meaningful Use Dashboards at #HIMSS11

Today was a bit overwhelming for me. Nothing bad about HIMSS, but there’s some much interesting information and good connections that it’s hard to process all at once. So far, I have only had one or maybe two meetings that weren’t just absolutely enlightening and fantastic. The secret for me was to be very blunt about what I was interested in learning and talking about at HIMSS. Either way, I feel really lucky to be here learning. While it means that I have pretty junky posts during HIMSS, its a time for me to fill my tank with interesting insight.

One of those things that I’ve started to see multiple times now is various EHR vendors meaningful use dashboards. I love this dashboard approach. It really simplifies the meaningful use process for doctors. It’s amazing what a dashboard of progress and direct links in the EMR to the charts that don’t meet meaningful use can do.

I asked quite a few of these EHR vendors if they’d be willing to share some of the data they’re getting from these dashboards. For example, I’d love to know which measures are most difficult to achieve for that EMR vendor. The data would be interesting for each vendor, but if I’m able to aggregate enough of this dashboard info from EMR vendors then we could really find out some good persepective on the meaningful use requirements.

I’m really looking forward to this data and I hope that many EMR vendors will take me up on this offer (even if I didn’t see them at HIMSS).

Lots and lots of more posts in the coming weeks. Also, check out this really interesting post I did about something “Heard in the HIMSS Hallways.”’s HIMSS11 coverage is sponsored by Practice Fusion, provider of the free, web-based Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system used by over 70,000 healthcare providers in the US.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, 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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