Happy Independence Day

Posted on July 4, 2011 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 hope that everyone is enjoying this wonderful Fourth of July. I know I’ve had a great day so far and we’re gearing up to head to KFC and enjoy some fireworks with friends. Should be a great evening if the kids don’t get too cranky along the way.

It has been a great day for me to remember how lucky I am to live in this wonderful country. There are plenty of things that are messed up in this country, but over all the freedoms we enjoy and benefits of living in America far outweigh the down sides.

As I typed in the title of this post, I wondered what other things do I wish had their freedom when it came to the EMR world.

First thing that came to mind was data independence. How beautiful would it be if our healthcare data was independent. I’m sure the ePatients out there would love to have access to their patient data. I think they’ve made some great progress in this regard, but our systems still need to get to the point that healthcare data independence is an even bigger reality.

I also couldn’t think about the doctors that are held hostage by unscrupulous EHR vendors who are taking them for whatever money they can while they hold a doctor’s data hostage. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever wanted to leave one EMR vendor to go to another. There are some EHR vendors who do a great job of this, but most of them are terrible. Yes, most of them are large companies who are more worried about numbers than they are customers. Thus, the results aren’t pretty. Of course, the great companies out there realize the benefits of making the data available to users. Not to mention the trust that’s built with a customer when they know they could leave any time they want. That kind of customer first focus will carry through to all of the other features of the software. We need more data independence from EHR vendors.

I recently wrote a post on EMR and EHR about Technology Flourishing without the Chains of Insurance. I’m not sure if complete independence from the insurance companies is the right approach, but we need to allow more doctors to be free to be doctors. They need to have more independence from the insurance company requirements and more concerned about the health of patients. I’m not sure how we get there from here, but I applaud those many doctors who do this in the face of perverse financial incentives.

I’m sure there are many more. Let me know your thoughts about independence day and I hope you enjoy the holiday.