Doctor Provides New Meaning for “Meaningful Use”

Posted on June 8, 2009 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 recently had a comment on my post about meaningful use that I thought was well worth sharing as a post of its very own. Unfortunately, this situation happens far too often. Notice that it seems the IT part of the equation is as important as the EMR part of the equation. I welcome other people to share their experiences with an EMR (good and bad) in the comments.

I’m a meaningful EHR user, I’m family doctor caring for 1700 patients and working long hours in my small private practice office.

Since I introduced HIT and EHR in my practice my costs hit the roof and after two years I see more problems then before.

I had to earn to pay the nurse before, and now I have to pay the program solution, consultants, cartriges and toners, paper etc..

My nurse got nervous breakdown because of slow, noisy, paper eating printer.

Patients got confused, lacking eye conntact with me, their family doctor bacause I got to type down the data to please quality and finnancial analysis supervisor whom I don’t know in person but I know he exists because my data somehow get lost, erased, modified (I’m connected to Central Electronic Data Collection Analyser via internet).

My patient’s EHR get lost too,so I need a specialy licenced IT consultant to help me digg the EHR from the bottom of data barrel.

All this is due to policy of lowering costs in healthcare.

Recently I found out that my work costs less, I have to work more to earn for living, and paying the army of IT somebodies who “controll” me.

Hail to that!!

Natalija