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Pervasive Healthcare Technologies Continuum

Posted on March 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.

In my random visit to Twitter today, the master of healthcare Twitter usage, Gregg Masters (@2healthguru), posted a picture that really struck a chord with me. It’s embedded below for those who want to see it. In the picture it shows a number of core functionality and technology that’s needed to get a person’s healthcare data into their hands to become truly empowered patients. You might also call this the Quantified Self Continuum, but I also like the Pervasive Healthcare Technologies Continuum.

Here are the steps it displays: Ubiquitous Sensing -> Wireless Connectivity -> Cloud Computing -> Social Networks -> Empowered Patients

I think the one we’re missing the most right now is ubiquitous sensing. We’ve just started down this path and still have a long way to go to make this a reality. I’m also not sure about social networks being the way that the information is distributed. At least not the social networks they list. I think they might be healthcare specific networks that connect and share the data, but are lifted up and made more prominent using the major social networks.

Ok, here’s the tweet and picture. What are your thoughts on it?

Meaningful Use Solidifies EHR as the Database of Healthcare

Posted on 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.

Earlier this month I wrote a post describing EHR as the Database of Healthcare. I believe this is a powerful and important thing to understand. It also led to some good conversation in the comments. As an entrepreneur I’m always interested to see the trends in the industry to hopefully better understand what is going to happen in the future. I think that this is one of those trends.

Just to make the case clearer, consider the effects of meaningful use on EHR software. Meaningful use stage 1 and EHR certification has already hijacked at least one EHR development cycle and you can be sure that meaningful use stage 2 and stage 3 will be hijacking another couple EHR development cycles. You heard me right. In order to meet the EHR certification and meaningful use requirements, most EHR vendors have to put a whole development team focused just on meeting those government requirements.

Meaningful use has codified EHRs into a box.

Instead of allowing EHR software to create innovative solutions it requires standards be met for storing and accessing info. Sure it also adds in security and tries to work towards interoperability, but those aren’t innovations that doctors want to see.

I expect many of the best healthcare innovators will build on top of the EHR base, not try and build the base again.