Mass Senate Seat and EMR Reform

Posted on January 28, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

SRSsoft, an EMR vendor, put out an interesting press release putting the lost democratic senate seat in Massachusetts with healthcare reform and EHR adoption. Here’s a quote from the press release:

“The question is not whether we need healthcare reform,” says Evan Steele, CEO, SRSsoft. “Rather, the voters voiced their concern that reform must benefit consumers and physicians, not just government, insurance companies, and vendors. This election must open the government to input from all stakeholders, and that is a good sign for the constituents of SRS—the physicians—who feel that their voice is not being heard on healthcare reform and on EHR adoption.”

Honestly, I don’t see the change in the Senate seat affecting EMR adoption at all. However, I think it will have a big impact on healthcare reform. I’ve said before that the healthcare reform has opened our eyes to the government processes in ways we’d never seen before. I think that the HITECH act has done much of the same for those of us interested in EMR legislation and rule making.