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Government Involvement in Healthcare IT – How Meaningful Use Went Wrong

Posted on June 15, 2016 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.

I have about 150 draft blog posts on EMR and EHR. Most of them are ideas for future posts. Unfortunately, I get so many new ideas, a lot of the drafts remain draft blog posts for long periods of time. I probably should create a better process for tracking my blog post ideas, but this was worked so far. Plus, it’s fun to go back and see what past ideas I had for posts and then think about how things have changed or whether that insight has stood the test of time.

This post is an example of that and the draft blog post contained a tweet that Greg Meyer shared during a #HITsm Twitter chat back in December 2014. Here’s the tweet:

No doubt Greg’s tweet resonated with me back in 2014 and still resonates with me today. In meaningful use, the government got way too deep into the how and caused all sorts of unintended consequences. We’d be in a much better position if the government would have just defined the measures and functions and not how you actually got there.

What’s interesting is that this is more or less what I’ve been hearing from Andy Slavitt in regards to MACRA. I’m not sure CMS has executed this vision well, but it’s at least hopeful that their leader is espousing a similar approach to what Greg describes above.

I’d also point out an insight I believe I first heard from Dr. Michael Koriwchak. He espoused the principle that CMS shouldn’t require the collection of any data which it wasn’t going to actually use. Think about how meaningful use would have been totally different if they’d employed this rule. What value is there to healthcare if we collect a whole bunch of data that’s never actually used to improve care?

Do you think CMS will get this right with MACRA? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Health IT List Season, The Unhealthy Side Effects of Meaningful Use, and My Coupon Doc: This Week at HealthCare Scene

Posted on July 15, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.


Health IT List Season – A list of Lists

It is the season of Health IT lists, and #HIT100 is one of the most popular lists right now. This post discusses some of the logistics behind #HIT100, as well as some other health IT lists that are floating around the Internet recently. Have you seen a great list lately?

Kaiser’s Mobile Health Approach

Recently, John had the opportunity to talk with the head of the Mobile Center of Excellence at Kaiser Permanente, Brian Gardner. Gardner talked about Kaiser’s approach to mobile health, how physicians at Kaiser use mobile devices, and some video pilots that have been done. This post goes more into that conversation, and shows how Kaiser is working toward implementing more mobile health in their practice.

Wired EMR Practice

The Unhealthy Side Effects of Meaningful Use

There are all sorts of incentives to  Meaningful Use, and for implementing EMR. However, there is a downside to HIT. In this post, Dr. Michael Koriwchak, along with Dr. Hal Sherz, discuss potential adverse consequences to Meaningful Use. It may cripple innovation and prevent future technology from being developed. Be sure to read this post on the unhealthy side effects of Meaningful Use.

Smart Phone Health Care

My Coupon Doc Makes Health Care More Affordable

Medications and health care costs can be expensive, there’s no question about that. There are lots of discounts to be found, but finding legitimate discounts can be hard to do. Luckily, makes the process easier with its database of coupons and discounts. Next time you have an expensive medication to buy, don’t forget to consult My Coupon Doc first.

SCOTUS Decision Likely to Indirectly Affect mHealth

The recent SCOTUS decision is affecting health care in many ways. But many were asking the question, will, and if so, how, it affect mHealth? David Lee Scher, MD, recently talked about five ways mHealth will be affected. mHealth isn’t the sector of health care being affected the most, but it won’t be left untouched.

Also, don’t forget to check out EMR Screenshots and EMR and Health IT News! There’s a lot of great items on these pages that aren’t highlighted during the weekly roundup.

SCOTUS Decision, Combating Mobile Health Threats, and a Video from RockHealth: This Week at

Posted on July 1, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.


Medicaid Doctors and Dentists Gaming the EHR Incentive Program

In order to get the EHR incentive money, Medicaid Doctors and Dentists are only required to purchase the equipment. They can, technically, just buy it and do anything with Meaningful Use. Recently, Dentrix recently partnered with Henry Schein to get access to this money. In this post, the legality of doing this, with no intention of actually passing Meaningful Use standards, is discussed.

SCOTUS Decision and Healthcare IT

The recent decision on the “Affordable Health Act” has gotten the attention of many people across the country. Will this decision affect the IT and EHR world? This post delves into that question, as well as addresses how the SCOTUS decision will impact healthcare reimbursement.

Wired EMR Doctor

My Presentation Submission to 2012 mHealth Summit

Many doctors are hesitant to embrace mHealth. Dr. Michael Koriwchak submitted a talk to the 2012 mHealth Summit, explaining why he feels this is the case. This post gives a basic overview of his talk, which is split into three sections: 1) addressing practicing physicians concerns about mHealth, 2) addressing the culture differences between physician and HIT communities and, 3) outlining the concessions both physicians and the HIT community need to make in order to facilitate communication, promote adoption of mHealth, and improve the quality of mHealth products.

Smart Phone Health Care

Combating Mobile Health Threats: 13 Tips Everyone Should Read

There is a big concern for the security of mHealth, and rightfully so. With all the intelligence to create this technology, there’s people out there wanting to steal information from it. An article a created a list of 13 tips for “combating mobile health threats”. Read the tips and other commentary this week over at Smart Phone Health Care.

App Created to Connect Patients With Doctors Immediately

Consult-a-Doctor is a program designed to connect users with a doctor without ever leaving their home. This cloud-based program is available for the iPhone and requires a subscription. Patients are able to access live medical consultations, treatment, and even receive prescriptions through this program.

EHR and EMR Videos

RockHealth Startup Elements: Product Design with Dave Morin

RockHealth has created a series of videos concerning the elements of starting up a healthcare company. The video featured this week on EHR and EMR Videos features David Morin talking about Product Design. To check out other videos in the series, some of them are posted here.

EMR and EHR Thoughts

$34 Million Series C Funding for Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion brought their total funding to over $64 million, with $34 million coming from recent Series C Funding. Although Practice Fusion seems to be one of the major players in the EHR world, there are some complications that may make it difficult to live up to this $64 million financing.