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Meaningful Use in Hospitals vs Meaningful User (Physicians)

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This is a concept I’ve been thinking about for a while (or at least since I wrote about the definition of meaningful use). It seems like we can often get confused when we talk about how a hospital system might use an EMR and how a solo or small doctors office might use an EMR.

I hadn’t seen anyone articulate that until I saw this news on the HIMSS website about HIMSS publishing it’s definitions of “Meaningful Use.” The broke it down into two definitions which they called “meaningful use of technology in hospitals” and “meaningful users of EHR technology.”

I should mention I don’t agree with all of HIMSS recommendations, but I think that this differentiation is important and I’m really glad that HIMSS made the distinction. I’m surprised that I haven’t seen the distinction made more apparent in other places. Should be interesting to see if ONCHIT, HHS or whoever else is deciding the definition of “meaningful use” will make the distinction.

May 6, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

EMR Vendors – Identify Your Best EMR Feature

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I was thinking about the over 400 EMR vendors I have listed on my site and on the EMR and EHR matrix of companies (shameless plug). With that many EMR vendors, I have to assume that every one of them has a solid reason why they’re better than other EMR vendors. At least it seems logical that they should have at least some “killer feature” that sets their EMR apart from the other 400 choices out there.

This got me to thinking that I’d love to hear EMR vendors make the case for their killer feature(s). Let’s hear you make the case for your EMR in the comments or submit it to our Contact Us page. Those features that catch my eye will be featured on this site with a link to your EMR company.

I expect that most killer features will need at least a small paragraph to explain why it’s killer. Although, I’m not looking for a dissertation on your EMR features either. Imagine we’re in an elevator and you only have the elevator ride to tell me what makes your EMR unique. Give me a reason to tell everyone about your EMR company.

Here’s a simple example:
My current EMR company has kiosk software that allows patients to fill out all the required paperwork electronically and check them in for the appointment with no interaction with the front desk. Forms can be scheduled to expire so that HIPAA privacy forms can be refreshed if changes are made. Electronic signatures (like you do at Walmart) can also be done on all the forms that normally require a signature on paper. This feature saves not only front desk time, but also prevents having to scan all of the paperwork later.

That’s far from a perfect example, but I think you can see that patient self check in kiosks and electronic signature pads are a killer feature.

Let’s hear what feature sets your EMR above the pack?

UPDATE: Big bonus points for anyone who provides a video demo of their killer EMR feature.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.