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An EMR Point of Differentiation – Watson

Posted on May 17, 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.

Michael Dale has an interesting post I came across discussing IBM’s Watson in healthcare. Here’s one piece of the post:

You may know Watson best for its performance on the Jeopardy game show. Watson demonstrated swift decision making after indexing over 200 million pages of data. Watson would only answer if the system crossed a certain confidence threshold. The confidence threshold was a predefined percentage set inside the system. When Watson referenced the data, it determined the percentage to which it was sure the top three answers were correct. If the percentage of the top answer crossed the confidence threshold, Watson would signal for the answer. The IBM machine proved itself successful against two humans competing in the game show by winning both rounds.

Certainly physicians and members have much to gain from the assistance of a machine that can reference millions of pages of data to ascertain a diagnosis or treatment. While physicians may always hold the upper hand to interpret the context of the situation for a presenting patient, Watson’s assistance can certainly supplement any decision using vast amounts of data in a quicker time frame.

My immediate reaction to reading this post was the following:

Reading what you wrote made me wonder if the Watson like technology could become a strong differentiation between EHR vendors. It has been extremely challenging lately to differentiate between the various EHR vendor offerings. It seems like having a Watson like brain assisting you in the process could become a differentiation point.

So many physicians are trying to sift through the overwhelming number of EHR companies, that they are looking and wanting for some sort of major EHR differentiation. I wonder if some smart Watson like technology would be amazing enough to blow physicians away so they start saying, I have to have that.

Michael Dale also discusses in the post how Watson would essentially use an EHR to access the data. Sounds a lot like my comments about EHR Being the Database of Healthcare.

5 Questions with EHR Executives at HIMSS12

Posted on February 20, 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.

As some of you know, I’ve toyed with videos on my site for a while now. HIMSS is definitely the place where I’ve done the most video and that will be true again this year. I decided to take a pretty simple approach to video at HIMSS12. Since a large portion of my meetings at HIMSS will be with EHR vendor executives, I thought it would be fun to ask all the EHR vendors the same 5 (I don’t mind doing more or less if they’re good questions) questions.

Since I love the idea of involving the community and kind of crowdsourcing the questions, I’m going to put a few questions out there and listen to feedback from the community on other questions I should ask or modifications to the questions which will get EHR executives to provide some useful information.

1. What differentiates your EHR today?
2. In what ways has the EHR stimulus money and meaningful use had an impact for good or bad on the EHR industry?
3. What are the top reasons why doctors are adopting EHR software?
4. What are the main reasons doctors aren’t adopting EHR software?
5. What will differentiate your EHR 5 years from now?

I’m looking forward to hearing any suggestions you have on how to improve or modify the questions. I suspect I’ll do quite a bit of editing of the questions before I start asking the questions tomorrow. Watch for the videos to be posted on this site, EMR and HIPAA, and EMR and EHR Videos.