Resident EMR Training, FDA EMR Regulation, and MEDITECH Twitter

Posted on November 10, 2013 I Written By

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I bet 5 hours is generous for resident EHR training. It’s amazing how training a resident on an EHR is almost an afterthought. I partially understand it since the residents have so many things to learn, but EHR will become a standard part of that training. I live right next to a medical school and it’s amazing to hear the stories of these residents doing rotations at clinics with EHR. Most prefer it, but they don’t get much training.


Is the FDA regulating EHRs? Other than the guidance they put out recently for health applications, I haven’t seen them do much more as far as regulating EHR software. Although, after seeing this and reading a tweet from Farzad suggesting that the FDA should leave EHR “regulation” to the ONC framework, I wonder if something else is brewing. What have you seen or heard?


I didn’t think this tweet was that significant, but it was the first time I remember seeing MEDITECH participating in social media. In fact, I’m trying to remember where I’ve seen MEDITECH participating in any of the national conversations. For such a large EHR vendor, they sure have kept a low profile. I feel like I get around, and I have yet to meet a MEDITECH person. I can’t say that for many EHR vendors. Of course, I look at their social media account and see they have 1,243 tweets. So, they’ve been doing something, but I’d never seen it until today. Just for reference, I have about 28,000 tweets between just my top 2 Twitter accounts.