5 Questions with EHR Executives at HIMSS12

As some of you know, I’ve toyed with videos on my site for a while now. HIMSS is definitely the place where I’ve done the most video and that will be true again this year. I decided to take a pretty simple approach to video at HIMSS12. Since a large portion of my meetings at HIMSS will be with EHR vendor executives, I thought it would be fun to ask all the EHR vendors the same 5 (I don’t mind doing more or less if they’re good questions) questions.

Since I love the idea of involving the community and kind of crowdsourcing the questions, I’m going to put a few questions out there and listen to feedback from the community on other questions I should ask or modifications to the questions which will get EHR executives to provide some useful information.

1. What differentiates your EHR today?
2. In what ways has the EHR stimulus money and meaningful use had an impact for good or bad on the EHR industry?
3. What are the top reasons why doctors are adopting EHR software?
4. What are the main reasons doctors aren’t adopting EHR software?
5. What will differentiate your EHR 5 years from now?

I’m looking forward to hearing any suggestions you have on how to improve or modify the questions. I suspect I’ll do quite a bit of editing of the questions before I start asking the questions tomorrow. Watch for the videos to be posted on this site, EMR and HIPAA, and EMR and EHR Videos.

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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.


  • It would be great to hear why EHR vendors are still being so restrictive with their technical training given the shortage of qualified HIT professionals. I
    f you look back at what Cisco and Oracle did, opening up their training and creating certification programs contributed to their success and market dominance.

  • John,

    I would ask questions such as:

    1. What’s your approach to HIE?
    2. Do you think PHRs are dead?
    3. How do you get feedback from your users?
    4. What’s the most popular feature of your system?
    5. What’s been your biggest headache with users?
    6. Do you have a formal approach to usability? Error prevention?
    7. What’s your approach to multiple platforms? Desktops, pads, smartphones, etc.
    8. Are you going through any major technical changes, such as to the cloud from client-server? How’s it going?
    9. Have you had difficulty recruiting any particular types of talent?
    10. In the last three years, has your company or one of its major products been bought or sold? If so, how did this impact your users?

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