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Financial Ties to NJ Bill to Make Non CCHIT EHR Use Illegal

Posted on June 8, 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 13 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. 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 previously wrote about a NJ bill to make non CCHIT EHR use illegal. I got an email from one of my readers that I should take a look at the financial ties to this NJ bill to see how that might have influenced its creation.

Turns out that Al Borg was already a few steps ahead of me and did the following research:

Some data on all of this:

About the main sponsor of the bill-

Ok, so once you discount for some of Al’s bravado it’s interesting to see the back history of the sponsor of this bill. Even if you don’t want to make the claim that he doesn’t have financial reasons for creating this bill, you can at least see where he drank the kool-aid.

Al also missed some other sources of campaign contribution for Herb Conaway and the co-sponsor of the bill Chivukula Upendra. I also found this page on the JN legislature site where I think we’ll be able to track the votes for this bill. Looks like it made it through committee (which it looks like Herb Conaway chairs) with a unanimous vote by Herb Conaway Jr., Connie Wagner, Mary Pat Angelini, Anthony Chiappone, Jerry Green, Linda R. Greenstein, Sandra Love, Nancy F. Munoz, Vincent J. Polistina, Joan M. Quigley, and Linda Stender. That’s a lot of people who probably aren’t getting good information on the EHR industry and CCHIT’s effectiveness.

On that note, someone mentioned in the comments of my first post that I should contact the representative from NJ and take a more proactive approach in responding to such a horrible bill. I’m not sure a representative from NJ really cares about what someone from NV might say, but I also think that it’s worth taking a stand on such a bill so that this bill doesn’t cause other states to consider similar bills. So, here’s the page where you can send a message to Herb Conaway, Jr and Upendra J. Chivukula. Should be interesting to see if they reply to a whole bunch of emails on the issue.

What’s even crazier to me is that Herb Conaway is a physician. I guess he hasn’t been practicing with an EHR lately.

Doctor Provides New Meaning for “Meaningful Use”

Posted on 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 13 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 InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. 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 recently had a comment on my post about meaningful use that I thought was well worth sharing as a post of its very own. Unfortunately, this situation happens far too often. Notice that it seems the IT part of the equation is as important as the EMR part of the equation. I welcome other people to share their experiences with an EMR (good and bad) in the comments.

I’m a meaningful EHR user, I’m family doctor caring for 1700 patients and working long hours in my small private practice office.

Since I introduced HIT and EHR in my practice my costs hit the roof and after two years I see more problems then before.

I had to earn to pay the nurse before, and now I have to pay the program solution, consultants, cartriges and toners, paper etc..

My nurse got nervous breakdown because of slow, noisy, paper eating printer.

Patients got confused, lacking eye conntact with me, their family doctor bacause I got to type down the data to please quality and finnancial analysis supervisor whom I don’t know in person but I know he exists because my data somehow get lost, erased, modified (I’m connected to Central Electronic Data Collection Analyser via internet).

My patient’s EHR get lost too,so I need a specialy licenced IT consultant to help me digg the EHR from the bottom of data barrel.

All this is due to policy of lowering costs in healthcare.

Recently I found out that my work costs less, I have to work more to earn for living, and paying the army of IT somebodies who “controll” me.

Hail to that!!

Natalija