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You might be a Jabba the Hutt EMR if….

Posted on June 7, 2011 I Written By

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Many long time readers of EMR and HIPAA will know I like to call big, bulky, old EMR software systems, Jabba the Hutt EMR. I think comparing these old legacy EMR software to Jabba the Hutt is a great comparison. For those that don’t know Star Wars that well (and I’m no expert), Jabba the Hutt was a very powerful figure. Although, over time he’d grown so big that he wasn’t very nimble (to say the least). So, despite his power and prestige, there was little to admire about him.

Does that sound a bit like some legacy EMR software? They’re big and powerful figures in the industry. However, their software has grown to the point that it’s clunky and not very nimble. Getting something changed on it is difficult and it’s built on a platform that makes it hard to add new features. Thus, they are Jabba the Hutt EMR.

Without naming names, here’s a list of things that will help you identify the Jabba the Hutt EMR software.

You might be a Jabba the Hutt EMR if…
your interface looks like it’s from the 80’s.

You might be a Jabba the Hutt EMR if…
you use a non SQL database.

You might be a Jabba the Hutt EMR if…
you’re better at marketing than programming.

You might be a Jabba the Hutt EMR if…
you cludged together your PMS that you bought from someone else.

You might be a Jabba the Hutt EMR if…
your interface looks more like DOS than Windows.

You might be a Jabba the Hutt EMR if…
your diagnosis description is restricted to 50 characters.

You might be a Jabba the Hutt EMR if…
your EMR salespeople don’t know your EMR developers who don’t know your EMR customer service people.

You might be a Jabba the Hutt EMR if…
iPad interface….what’s that?

I think it’s worth noting that having one or two of these things doesn’t absolutely mean an EMR vendor is a Jabba the Hutt EMR vendor. Although, the more of the above characteristics an EMR vendor has, the more you should look into it.

I hope others will add to this list in the comments.

Medic Mobile Announces First SIM Application for Healthcare

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When we think of applications for cell phones we immediately think of smartphones, or even the new tablets that are becoming so popular.  However, just think about how much more powerful an app would be if it could be used on normal phones too.  That is exactly what the people from Medic Mobile have done by developing the first SIM app for healthcare.

SIM apps can operate on 80 percent of the world’s phones.  This includes powerful Android phones or iPhones, but also a run of the mill $15 handset.  The magnitude of this development just blows me away.  In most of the developed world smartphones are everywhere, and there will only be more as time goes on.  However, most people in less developed countries can’t generally afford these much more expensive devices.

This development will allow these less fortunate people to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that technology provides.

You can find the complete press release here, but here are some of the interesting quotes:

“In healthcare, it’s necessary to exchange structured information. SIM apps provide a new method with great potential that can be installed and updated remotely over the air,” says CTO and Lead Developer Dieterich Lawson.

Medic’s first official SIM app is Kuvela, developed for PSI with support from the Maternal Health Task Force, and the company plans to develop many more. “We required reporting tools that can be rolled out at large scale for low cost. The combination of a SIM application and a reporting dashboard will allow us to closely monitor the quality of our program across multiple districts. This would’ve been otherwise impossible without Medic Mobile’s work,” said Gunther Baugh, Project Coordinator for PSI.

“People get excited about the iPhone apps because of profit potential. We’re excited about designing SIM applications because of the impact potential,” says Nesbit. “I can imagine all eight million global community health workers utilizing SIM applications to support their work and improve the lives of their patients.”

Andy Slavitt’s Testimony to Congressional Hearing on Health IT Barriers to Medical Practices

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Yesterday morning, Andy testified to congressional members of the Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Healthcare and Information Technology. The hearing focused on health IT barriers to small medical practices. Andy’s testimony offered insights based on OptumInsight’s perspective working with physicians through health IT implementations, and practical recommendations the federal government could follow that would help small physician practices implement and use health IT, including:

  • Developing standards that enhance EHRs and HIEs ability to support physicians in their daily work and simplify administration and compliance with multiple federal programs
  • Extending federal support for HIEs, and encourage sustainable business models based on analytics that support better patient care and community health improvement
  • Reducing uncertainty over the legal environment to protect physicians use of health IT and providing uniformity of privacy laws
  • Extending small business loan guarantees to small physician practices to ease access to capital for health IT investments. Such guarantees would not cost taxpayers any resources
  • Continuing to support Health IT Regional Extension Centers that are providing essential assistance to providers in selecting and implementing tools that will best meet their needs



Watch the video here.

Falcon EHR Virtual Tour Video

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Falcon EHR is the certified, innovative, nephrology-focused EHR, designed from the ground up by technology experts in collaboration with nephrologists. As a hosted, Web-based EHR solution, Falcon EHR gives you access from any computer, wherever and whenever you have Internet connectivity. With the help of our award-winning technical support team, Falcon EHR adds value to your practice by streamlining your operations with its easy-to-use interface. Because Falcon EHR is ONCHIT certified, you can use it to qualify for federal stimulus incentives.

A video virtual tour of the Falcon EHR can be found here.