Depth in an EMR Conference

Posted on August 12, 2011 I Written By

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I’ve been having a good time today at the Health Tech Next Generation conference in San Francisco. They have some really interesting people from healthcare IT that are here. For me as an EMR and healthcare IT blogger, it’s a lot of fun to be able to “talk shop” with a bunch of HIT people. However, I can’t help but sit here wondering where the doctors are. Certainly there’s a place for an HIT industry insider conference, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen a true EMR conference focused on doctors, practice managers and actual users of the EMR. This wasn’t the intent of this conference, so it’s nothing against Health Tech Next Generation. I just think there’s an opportunity to create a conference focused on just EHR and provide unbiased information for doctors.

This really started hitting home for me when I was preparing to moderate a panel on EMR 101. The challenge was quite clear. I had an hour to try and cover EMR 101. Really? That’s bascially IMPOSSIBLE!

Here’s my broad list of what should be covered in an EMR 101:
To EMR or Not to EMR
EMR Selection
EMR Implementation
EHR Stimulus/Meaningful Use

I’m sure there are other areas that could be interesting. However, this would be a good start to get doctors ready to select and implement an EMR. Or at least make an educated decision to go with EMR or not.

The question is how do you get enough doctors together at an EMR conference. That part I haven’t figured out, but I’m interested in your ideas. I’d love to partner with a provider organization to create an event like this. I’m talking about an upfront unbiased approach to EHR. No kool-aid drinking talks allowed. Just a deep dive into the real details of selecting and implementing an EHR. I’m sure the EHR vendors would be happy to exhibit at the event.

What do you think? Would an EMR conference like this do well? I think it’s missing in the industry, but I’m not sure how you put it together properly.