EMR Data Inaccuracies, EMR and Labs, and the Database of Healthcare

As you read this post, I’m probably on a red eye flight to attend Health 2.0 Boston. I’m really excited to attend Health 2.0 Boston. I think Matthew Holt is always interesting and so I hope I get a chance to interview him while I’m there. Plus, I think it’s large enough to bring out some important people, but not so large that you’re overwhelmed and can’t connect with those who attend.

Also, even if you’re just in Boston and not planning to attend Health 2.0 Boston, we’re going to be doing a tweetup on Tuesday evening. I call it the after party. I’m not sure where we’ll do it, but watch @ehrandhit on Twitter and I’ll tweet out the exact time and location for the tweetup. I look forward to seeing all my Boston Healthcare IT friends.

Now, without further ado, some interesting EMR tweets:


The interesting part of the story linked above is that all of the inaccuracies could happen on paper as well.


Reminds me of the announcement that said that physicians order more labs with EHR. I know we implemented the lab cost display in our EHR, and I’m sure that the cheaper tests were ordered, but that was certainly due to the type of clinic that I implemented the feature.


The idea of the internet as a database is very interesting. It’s probably too forward thinking to be really practical today, but we’ll definitely get there. It’s just a question of how quickly. We’re already seeing indications of this. It’s amazing what you can build in a weekend using “internet parts” through powerful APIs.

Note: This post has been a meaningful use free post.

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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.

7 Comments

  • ” @ Brad Justus: 5 reasons #data inaccuracies occur in EMRs”

    “The interesting part of the story linked above is that all of the inaccuracies could happen on paper as well.”

    If that’s the case … paper is cheaper.

  • @Don
    No doubt paper is cheaper.
    and for many quicker.
    Also, I’d like to hear some ROI with an EHR.
    Not a PM, EHR only.
    Also – MU payments don’t count in the ROI.

  • For better or worse, paper isn’t going anywhere. I just read an article in Heath Information IT the week before last that cited a study showing that 80% of all the groups that have, or are implementing an EHR solution still rely heavily on paper.

    I contend that the ultimate EHR solution needs to; amongst other things, be able to deal equally with the structured data that it produces as well as the vast amounts of unstructured and paper records that exist today. GREAT posts. You really ought to check out what Perfect Search is doing with their partners. http://www.perfectsearchcorp.com/Portals/0/Documents/PSMedicalRecordsSearchSpecSheet_0811.pdf

  • @Kimo …

    Many here will agree with the need for practices to emply applications which meld structured and unstructured pt information as part of their continuity of care … just as paper records do today for most of them.

    But if ONC isn’t defining a melded perspective in its MU provisions … which EMR developers are going to go that route?

    In the quest for full disclosure … do you have any ties to Perfect Search? Just wondering.

  • @Don,

    Thanks for your comments. What a great forum and resource. I just stumbled on this site yesterday and have appreciated the sentiments expressed by bloggers and those posting alike. Great stuff. I agree with your comment. It’s a sad reality, but I’m certainly unaware of any of the top 4 EMR vendor’s who are giving any more than lip service to the idea of incorporating this other data.

    In answer to your question. I am affiliated with Perfect Search. I don’t want to be too vocal about that though so much as participate in some of these discussions. Perfect Search technology answers some of these key questions, but it is not the end all be all in Healthcare.

    Hope this finds you well, and look forward to many more engaging conversations.

  • @John Brewer …

    If paper is cheaper and quicker for many … I think we have a winning solution!

    Another neat feature is that paper is recyclable and the data isn’t stored on laptops clowns from subcontracting data input subcontractors leave in rental cars at airports.

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