Where’s the Health IT Innovation?

Posted on July 30, 2015 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.

Becker’s Health IT’s Akanksha Jayanthi, has put together an article which outlines the 11 most interesting developments in health IT this year. Here’s the list:

1. Data breach overload.
2. Meaningful use forges on.
3. Epic gets vocal.
4. Telemedicine takes off.
5. The talent gap widens as a need for IT leaders emerges.
6. Mayo Clinic pick makes Epic more epic.
7. IBM ventures into health IT.
8. ICD-10 upheaval.
9. EHR-related lawsuits skyrocket.
10. Hospitals and health systems shift IT priorities.

I won’t argue about what’s missing on the list since when it’s “most interesting”, then that has a lot of personal bias. However, as I read through the list I was saddened by how few things were really interesting. In fact, most of them were big negatives (ie. breaches, meaningful use, lawsuits etc). Our industries most interesting items are government regulations and purchases?

Does it make anyone else sad to consider that this is the interesting part of our industry? Unfortunately, many of these are interesting, because they’re such a massive part of our industry. They’re so massive that we don’t get to hear the many interesting, exciting and positive things that are happening in healthcare IT.

I’d love to hear other people’s lists or things that they’d put on their most interesting health IT happenings. Where’s the healthcare IT innovation happening?