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EHRs: Once Implemented, You Can’t Just Forget It

All too often in mid-size to smaller organizations (across any industry, really), time and effort is not really dedicated to optimizing a technology once implemented unless it’s an emergency.  That seems to also be the case for EHRs.  For most providers especially smaller physician groups that used a paper-based system, this has been especially hard.  However, larger providers such as hospital groups are experiencing similar pains.  (Remember the first U.S. Ebola case a few months ago partially being blamed on the Epic clinical workflow?  At the time of implementation, I’m sure Ebola was not on the mind of the vendor nor of the client).  Here is an article that talks about this further w/researchers exploring this at Scott and White Health System.

As 2014 Nears an End, What Do You Think the Top 10 Health IT Stories Were?

As 2015 is nearly upon us, it’s time for us to reflect on the past year and what has occurred throughout the year.  For healthcare, it’s been quite a bit of a ride.  Since I’ve been exclusively on an ICD-10 implementation since 2010, the major story of the year was the delay of the ICD-10 compliance date that was snuck into the SGR bill in March.  I would argue to say that blindsided all of us no matter what side of the provider/payer/vendor fence you are on.

According to Govhealthit.com, here are some of their top health IT stories of 2014 outside of the ICD-10 compliance date delay:

1) Prescriptive instead of predictive analytics

2) ONC 10 year operability roadmap

3) Epic is more interoperable than conventional wisdom allows

4) Apple/IBM partnership

What are your top health IT stories of 2014?


Entering Stage Right on the EHR Stage: The FTC

Those of us who have been involved in health IT over the past few years knows that interoperability across our landscape has been challenging, to say the least.  HIE?  A mixed verdict for many reasons including private, public, opt-in/opt-out, differing standards, etc.  Since the EHR incentive program went into place a few years back and the implementation of the different Meaningful Use phases, EHRs usage is becoming more of a norm amongst American healthcare providers.  However, there isn’t a clear set of data standards the vendors must abide by for interoperability and data sharing.

That maybe changing now.

As mentioned previously, Epic is arguably the clear leader in having penetrated the provider market w/their EHR.  However, they have been dogged by grumblings that they do not play nicely with others in making their EHR interoperable with other vendors or data collectors.  That may change in the future w/the FTC investigating this.  Read more here.