Unbundling EMR, First eRx, Essential EMR, and “Know Your Strengths”

Posted on November 17, 2013 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.

I think the concept of unbundling the EMR is really interesting. I’m not sure I agree with some of the classifications, but I can definitely see a model where much of the EMR system is done by separate software. Reminds me of the good old days where people were talking about clinical groupware. Same concept, but described a different way.

I love that this was shared on Twitter. Props to Doctor Natasha for sending it. It is very exciting to do. Although, I think the more interesting part of this tweet is the flood of responses Doctor Natasha got from so many other doctors. Check them out here.

I’m not sure what I think about Epic on Steroids. Considering the amount of configuration to make Epic work in your organization, I guess every organization needs to infuse some steroids into it. I was intrigued by the last comment about not imagining taking care of patients without it. This is a growing contingent of doctors. Soon we’ll see the shift where EHR is just a feature and not the future.

Nice tweet during the Digital Health Conference. It’s always great for any organization to know what they’re good at and what they’re not good at. Although, it’s much harder for an organization to actually do it. We’d all like to think we could do anything great, but the reality is much different. Realizing this takes quite a bit of humility. The question is whether you’ll be compelled to be humbled (ie. Failed EHR implementations) or whether you are honest enough with yourself to recognize your strengths and weaknesses.