International EMR Adoption Graphic, Reverb Chamber, and Workflow

Posted on June 30, 2013 I Written By

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This graphic seems to position the US in the lead position when it comes to EHR and HIE. Although, I’m not sure which countries they chose to include in the chart. As I recall countries like Norway and Denmark were way ahead of us and somehow they didn’t make it on the graphic. Plus, it looks like they used the very best numbers they could find for the US as opposed to realistic ones.

This tweet from Mandi reminded me that sometimes we live in a reverb chamber that the larger part of the healthcare community doesn’t hear. I think we’d all be amazed how many people in healthcare IT know very little about the workings of the healthcare IT market. They’re so focused on their jobs they see little outside of their healthcare organization. In fact, many are naive to even what’s happening within their own healthcare organization.

It’s still amazing to me how we have so many ways to connect and learn and yet many don’t seem to care.

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you’ll know the name Charles Webster, MD. He’s talking workflow everywhere he goes. What I haven’t figured out is if workflow is really the issue we’re not dealing with or if Dr. Webster just has workflow solutions and so everything he sees is a workflow problem. The proverbial “everything is a nail when you have a hammer.”