HIMSS Stage 7 Hospitals, HIE Decreases Lab Orders, EHR Implementation Depends on Teamwork

Posted on April 8, 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.

Happy Easter to everyone reading this and to those who celebrate it. To those who don’t celebrate it, I’d suggest you go and buy the delicious Cadberry chocolate eggs. Not the ones with the creme filling, but the ones in the purple bag. They’re stunningly delicious and should be on sell tomorrow. Unless you live in Las Vegas, and then please leave them so I can buy them. Thanks! While these delicious chocolate eggs have little to do with the true meaning of Easter, they do provide a lot of joy and that’s core to Easter for me.

Easter aside, let’s take a look at some of the various EMR and Healthcare IT related tweets that have come out recently.

This is interesting when you add it to all the reports that say that the US healthcare system is so much worse than the rest of the world. Of course, the US health system is much larger than most other health systems. It also might point to the HIMSS stage 7 status having little real meaningful as far as health IT adoption. It could also point that HIMSS hospital stages aren’t looked at internationally so no one takes the time to meet them. Basically, I wouldn’t read too much into these numbers.

This tweet goes in nice contrast to the report that circled around recently that doctors were more likely to order tests using an EHR than pre-EHR. Mostashari and others took exception to the study and wrote lengthy responses to the study. Of course, the more I read these studies the more disappointed in how most media reports the studies. They make for good headlines, but when you dig deep into the studies you realize that they often have a much more limited scope than what the headline suggests.

I have no idea who “Mike on Healthcare” is (Looks like he’s @MichaelCrosnick on Twitter), but looking at the blog post that Lucia links to I’d like to meet Mike. In that post, he highlights the importance of getting staff buy-in during an EHR implementation and the idea of physician champions. Those are two of my core elements when talking about an EHR implementation. Great to have Mike adding to the collecting EHR knowledge in the healthcare IT blogosphere.