EMR Adored, EMR Patient Engagement, Writing to EMR

Posted on December 9, 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.

Far too often we only read the stories of those who have a bad experience with EMR. Those like Dr. Macasaet that adore their EHR rarely see the light of day. They love it and so they don’t see a need to talk to others about it. So, I was really glad that Dr. Macasaet was sharing his views on Twitter. While I still think EHR satisfaction is a split decision (some satisfied, some not), there are many that can’t imagine their life as a doctor without their EHR.

This tweet reminded me of Jennifer’s HIT Acronym post. Of course, the real point of this tweet and Carol Torgan’s tweet is to get patients more involved in their healthcare. It’s a hard battle, but the patient advocates are making progress.

In a number of conference I’ve been to, the discussion has always gone that reading data out of an EMR is doable with most EMR, but writing something to the EMR is almost impossible. I’m not as optimistic as Mark Friess tweet about how soon we’ll be able to write to EMR software. It will happen some day, but will take a pretty big shift in EMR vendors approach to make it a reality.