There was some interesting news this week in healthcare IT and EMR. Plus, there are some ongoing conversations that are still happening.
The following 3 tweets highlight this. It’s one of the things I love about Twitter is that you can discuss lots of interesting happenings and news along with discussing lots of important topics. Here are just a few of them that were talked about this week.
— Wm T Oravecz (@WTOAssociates) May 4, 2012
I disagree. I think there are very few absolutes in this world, but I don’t EMR should be considered a medical device. There is more than enough government regulation going on with the EMR industry as is. I can’t imagine what benefit would be achieved with more government regulation.
Facebook Initiative Aims To Match Patients With Potential Organ Donorsow.ly/aDRn9 (1 step closer to FB EMR, I’m telling u!)…
— Jennifer Dennard (@SmyrnaGirl) May 2, 2012
This was big news and was a great illustration of the good that can be done by large companies like Facebook when it comes to healthcare. The real problem is that developers and entrepreneurs aren’t using the Facebook platform as much because they’ve killed it for the entrepreneur. Facebook is unlikely to do much on their own in the healthcare space other than these one off initiatives like this.
— Jon Mertz (@jonmertz) May 4, 2012
The question in the #HITsm chat was which healthcare IT companies were innovating. My first answer was are there any big companies that are innovating? This was my follow up tweet about how “innovation centers.” Jennifer Dennard followed up with a question about whether hospital innovation centers counted. I can see an exception in some cases. Particularly when the hospital is squarely focused on research. Then, research can produce some innovative results and many things in healthcare cost so much money that it takes a large company to pay for the research.