EHR Stimulus Alliance Sickens Me

Posted on May 18, 2009 I Written By

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I previously posted about the EHR stimulus tour (no link since I don’t want to promote them). Today I saw what seems to amount to a press release that talks about the “EHR Stimulus Alliance” and their tour to “educate 500,000 U.S. physicians about opportunities aligned with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.”

This type of puffery just makes me sick. No. Not the educating 500,000 physicians. That’s a good thing and part of the motivation for this blog. The thing that makes me sick is this seems like just a big marketing campaign for Allscripts. Sure they have a list of other partners, but they’re basically partners of Allscripts. Check out the list: Allscripts, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Intel, Intuit, Microsoft Corp., and Nuance. The press release calls it a “broad coalition of healthcare and technology companies.” Too bad Allscripts is the only true healthcare company in that list. All the others are technology companies that sell some healthcare products.

I just don’t like when an “education tool” is really just being used as a marketing tool for a certain EHR company. If they really wanted to help adoption, they’d sponsor a tour with a whole variety of EHR vendors where they can help doctors to be able to see the wide variety of EHR vendors that exist.

Someone recently emailed me about any conferences that exist for a doctor to be able to evaluate EHR companies all in one place. I know there have been a number of other ones in the past that no longer exist. The only one I know is still going is HIMSS. Does anyone else know of other places where doctors can see a bunch of great EHR? I ask this knowing that many really great EHR just haven’t seen the benefit of these types of shows.

Also, if anyone has a chance to go to one of these EHR Stimulus tour stops, I’d love to have you do a guest post on the experience. I sent them a tweet asking if they can stop in Las Vegas so I can check it out.