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EMR Device Connectivity, RECs, and Meaningful Use Resources

Posted on July 29, 2012 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.

Time again to take a quick look around the twittersphere to see the various discussions happening around EMR and EHR. I should take a poll and see how many of my readers are on Twitter and how many haven’t yet found the beauty that is Twitter.


I agree that device connectivity and integration is going to be very important as we move towards EHR. In fact, I don’t think that integration is getting enough focus and emphasis in hospitals. I think we need to see more of that or we’re going to run into troubles and miss out on some great opportunities.


This tweet is actually pretty obvious. You can basically only work with a REC if you’re going to go after meaningful use. Are there any RECs that will work with you if you’re not planning to pursue meaningful use? I’m still skeptical that many RECs have provided a good return on the money they’ve received.


This really is a nice resource that Farzad points out. However the thing that stuck out to me was the objectives of meaningful use:
1. Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency
2. Engage Patients & Families
3. Improve Care Coordination
4. Improve Public and Population Health
5. Ensure Privacy and Security for Personal Health Information

Do you think that meaningful use is meeting these objectives?

More Patient Portals

Posted on July 3, 2012 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.

In a LinkedIn response to my post about multiple patient portal logins I got this insightful commentary from Stuart Jarvis on the challenges of patient portals that I think will help to expand the conversation about patient portals:

The patient portal is a nice idea but the complications of hippa rules and penalties makes it not worth the effort.

I would be nice if digital devices linked directly into EMR’s but here are the reasons that it will probably never happen;

1. Most digital devices that are not made/developed by the EMR vendor (like
Philips or GE) will not interface cleanly

2. Most of the digital devices are islands unto themselves related to both hardware
and software

3. Many of the devices that you are probably talking about generate meaningful
data, but are so old in terms of technology and software, that getting the
data would be very painful

4. The last item is that these devices generate so much data and reports, most
of which are not what the doctor wants to see that the doctor will not use
them because it takes to long to get to the small amounts of information that
they do want.

I think it’s great to expand the discussion of patient portals to include integration with the data to a device. The other integration that we’ll have to consider is integration between a patient portal and a health information exchange. Yes, I know that’s farther down the road, but visions of the cloud are so much more exciting than carrying a device around with your information.

I think the last point is the one that resonates the most with me. We’re on the precipice where physicians are going to be inundated with data. In some ways we’re already there. We need smart systems that can transform that data into something useful for the doctor. We need technology to filter through the mass of data to get the “small amounts of information” that the physician does want. I think that’s a major part of the challenge of the next five years.