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WSJ Compares EHR Certification Versus A Competitive Marketplace

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I may have missed this somewhere else, but today was the first time I have found one of the major newspapers actually talk about EHR certification possibly being worse than what a competitive EHR marketplace can produce.

You can read the Wall Street Journal opinion article to see what I mean. Here’s the conclusion which describes the problem with certified EHR:

The stimulus hands the Obama Administration the power to define and approve “certified” records, therefore the power to create a health-tech monopoly. With stimulus money being shoveled out as quickly as possible, doctors and hospitals may end up prematurely investing in the costly systems that happen to have the government seal of approval — and in the process freezing out an innovative marketplace.

Granted, this was just in the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal, but I think more people need to stand up and make this opinion known. If you think we have problems now imagine what will happen when the government becomes the “arbiter of health information technology.”

April 20, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

Uninstall CCHIT EHR for Non CCHIT EHR

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I recently got an email from an EHR vendor talking about how they just had a practice uninstall a CCHIT certified EHR and replace it with this EHR vendor’s EHR which was not CCHIT certified. This fact really wasn’t news to me and shouldn’t be news to anyone reading this forum. Although, if it is news to you, then know that this is a very common occurrence in the EHR world in general.

What was really interesting to me was to actually see an EHR vendor put a marketing and PR plan in action which basically says, “We’re not CCHIT certified and doctors like our EHR software better.” I mentioned to an EHR vendor I talked to recently that I think there’s a great opportunity available for some EHR vendor to say that we don’t waste our money on CCHIT certification. Instead our money is laser focused on making our EHR software improve your life as a doctor and your practice in general. Essentially, it seems like the EHR vendor is putting this into practice.

I should mention that the EHR vendor that sent me this email is one that focuses on a specific medical specialty specialties. CCHIT doesn’t do very good for specialties and so there’s even less benefit for a specialty specific EHR to waste development dollars on CCHIT.

You can actually find a blog post by the CEO of SRSsoft, Evan Steele, where he tells the story I’m talking about above. However, the interesting part isn’t the blog post itself. The interesting things are found in the comments of the blog post. In the comments Evan Steele says:

When reading the CCHIT criteria, it becomes clear that onerous requirements that do not impact the quality of care provided by orthopaedic practices (and are of questionable importance to other types of physicians) are layered onto the fundamental features that make an EMR valuable.

As you may know, I have been nominated as a member of the HIT Standards Committee, the group that will be charged with defining the EHR certification criteria. I have also volunteered to serve on a CCHIT work group. Although I anticipate an uphill battle, these are two opportunities for the voice of the 4,000 SRS physicians, as well as other high-performance physicians to be heard.

I don’t know Evan Steele personally, but he’s a brave man to join the HIT standards committee and a CCHIT work group. Thankfully he has a blog and hopefully we’ll hear more about the process of the HIT standards committee. In fact, I think he reads this blog and so I’d welcome him to do a guest post about his experience on the HIT standards committee [assuming his nomination is accepted].

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.