Patient Advocate, Multiple Screens, EHR Consolidation, and EMR Happening

Posted on August 12, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

We’re in the middle of the dog days of summer. I can see the Fall Conference slam around the corner as I plan my various itineraries. Plus, my children just found out who their teachers will be this Fall. So, Fall is just around the corner. In the 110 degree heat of Las Vegas, that’s a very good thing. It’s always hot in the summer in Las Vegas, but this is really hot.

Enough with the digressions. Time to take a quick look at some of the interesting EMR and health IT tweets.

Ariana Markle ‏@GoldAtlantis
Dying for Data: Comprehensive #EMR systems promise to save lives and cut #healthcare costs –but how do you build it?

The article linked in this tweet is really interesting. It starts with a really compelling story. Something that the patient advocates will love if they haven’t seen it already. The problem is that EMR implementation on its own still doesn’t solve the problem that’s described in the story. The real solution is some sort of HIE or portability of patient data. EHR is one step towards that, but is still far away from that state of healthcare portability nirvana.

Nice to see a doctor who loves his EMR. Even better than a 27″ screen in most cases is dual monitors. I can’t imagine life without dual monitors. I’m not sure why doctors do without it as well.

I just don’t agree with all the people talking about widespread EHR consolidation. Here’s a great quote from the article that actually supports the lack of EHR consolidation as well:

Ironically, according to Mercom Capital Group roughly $150m in venture capital has been poured into the EMR/EHR market in the last 18 months, pointing to continued confidence (or overconfidence!) in this space.

It’s not ironic. We’re in the golden age of EHR. We won’t see many folding up shop for quite a while.

The core thing for me in this tweet is that EMR is happening. Doctors can continue to resist, but EMR is going to happen. It was temporarily delayed while doctors waited for meaningful use. Now, many are going after the EHR incentive money. Eventually doctors won’t know life without an EMR.