Crowdsourcing in Healthcare, Scribes, and Mandated Inefficiencies

I’m a HUGE fan of crowdsourcing. I do it for so many things in my life and it’s incredibly effective. Although, I haven’t seen much of it done in healthcare. I’d love to hear examples where you’ve seen it done. I guess you could say I’d like to crowdsource a list of where it’s being used for a future post (see what I did there?).

I’ve heard more and more good things about Scribes. I talked to one at ANI whose a Scribe and Med Student. You can see why so many people like them. I think they’re a bandaid for the real problems we have in healthcare, but they’re an effective one that’s not going anywhere (since our problems aren’t going anywhere).

It’s not the first time that I’ve found a tweet from Dr. Pourmassina that perfectly articulates the challenge. “Built-in and mandated inefficiencies” has got to be one of the simplest descriptions of the current state of EHR.

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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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  • A-Vista was a primary opportunity for crowdsourcing. I suppose it still is, but I think this shows the challenge to crowdsourcing in a highly regulated highly litigious arena.

    @LindaP_MD sorry, but that’s a bug DUH. Really that describes Meaningful Use…and [insert gov’t program here].

  • John,
    Vista was open source, not crowd source. Quite different. Plus, Vista wasn’t a pure open source since it started for a very long time as a privately developed government project.

  • In the grand scheme of things, open source is crowd source.
    Sure technically they are different, but one of the points of open source is for others (the “crowd”) to scrutinize your work…whether that be on the security side of things or otherwise.
    Heck, WordPress is open source, yet the “crowd” sure builds a lot for it…for free.
    Still, the bigger point is, in a highly regulated and litigious arena, there are fewer in the crowd willing AND fewer end users willing to take a risk.

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