EHR and Healthcare IT in 2012

Posted on January 1, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 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 was asked by Practice Fusion to provide them some Health IT and EHR predictions for 2012. Here’s what I sent them:

“Next year will be all about Meaningful Use: Meaningful Use, ACOs, Meaningful Use, ICD-10, Meaningful Use, Meaningful Use, 5010, and a little more Meaningful Use covered in Meaningful Use.”

Sadly, I think this is a summary of what we can expect over the next year. Yes, it’s sad for me to predict that we’re going to be so mired in government requirements in 2012 that it is really hard to predict anything else really breaking significantly into the conversation in 2012.

As I ponder this New Year, I think my off the cuff (almost sarcastic) response above is actually going to be a pretty solid 2012 EHR and health IT prediction. However, that doesn’t mean it’s what I want to have happen and that doesn’t mean that other things won’t be happening. As such, over the next week or so I’m going to do a series of posts covering the following areas:

– My 2012 EMR and Health IT Wish List (things I wish would happen)
– Predictions on EHR adoption in 2012
– 2012 EHR and Health IT Noise (things that will make a noise, but have little impact)

If you have other topics you think I should cover, I’d love to hear any other ideas you have. If I have something of value to offer, then I’ll be happy to add it to my list. Should be a fun week prognosticating about the future of EHR and health IT. I hope you’ll join me in the comments with your own commentary on what we should expect and I invite other bloggers to do similar posts around these topics.