EMR Adored, EMR Patient Engagement, Writing to EMR

Far too often we only read the stories of those who have a bad experience with EMR. Those like Dr. Macasaet that adore their EHR rarely see the light of day. They love it and so they don’t see a need to talk to others about it. So, I was really glad that Dr. Macasaet was sharing his views on Twitter. While I still think EHR satisfaction is a split decision (some satisfied, some not), there are many that can’t imagine their life as a doctor without their EHR.

This tweet reminded me of Jennifer’s HIT Acronym post. Of course, the real point of this tweet and Carol Torgan’s tweet is to get patients more involved in their healthcare. It’s a hard battle, but the patient advocates are making progress.

In a number of conference I’ve been to, the discussion has always gone that reading data out of an EMR is doable with most EMR, but writing something to the EMR is almost impossible. I’m not as optimistic as Mark Friess tweet about how soon we’ll be able to write to EMR software. It will happen some day, but will take a pretty big shift in EMR vendors approach to make it a reality.

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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.

1 Comment

  • John, Medhost is not an EMR per se, it is an Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) that interfaces with the hospital’s EMR. This is important. It, like other best-of-breed products, is designed specifically to fix the workflow disruptions caused by a hospital’s EMR. This doctor is not praising his hospital’s EMR—quite the opposite. He is praising the department-specific workflow solution to the hospital’s EMR problem.

    As interoperability improves with meaningful use stage 2, enterprise health care will move more toward a best-of-breed model, like all other major industries. Airlines, for example, don’t sell tickets and fly planes with the same software. Nor should we expect one software package to work for labor and delivery and the ICU.

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