Breaking Up With Meditech

“It’s not you, Meditech, it’s me.” The words almost catch in your throat as you tentatively reach across the table, taking their hand in yours for what you know will be the last time.  Your eyes search theirs for any signals of emotion, any glimmer into how they are taking the news, but they seem … Continue reading

The Big Black Hole of HIT in American Politics

Healthcare is always a prominent topic in the American political election cycle and this current one is proving to be no different.  Yet, throughout all of the blustering about saving lives and curing diseases, what most politicians usually hone in on is health insurance and understandably so.  Health insurance is the medium through which most … Continue reading

Why Do We Miss The Point With EHR Research?

All in all, I think it’s safe to say that most scientific research is pretty solid.  Yes, you can pick apart just about any study and point out where things could have been done differently or where the results could be interpreted slightly differently, but it’s rare that someone could [justifiably] argue that a published … Continue reading

Apple’s ResearchKit Can Significantly Increase Study Sample Sizes

Admittedly, I’m probably an Apple Fan, but I can’t seem to care about the new Apple Watch.  If I could go full Dick Tracy and replace my phone with a watch, I might care, but until then my wrist will remain unburdened.  Yesterday’s Apple Event where the Apple Watch had a release date set was … Continue reading

Healthcare Isn’t Being Disrupted…Yet.

[dis-ruhpt] verb:  1. To cause disorder or turmoil in.  2. To destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; to interrupt.  3. To break apart. I know a lot of us in the Healthcare IT industry are used to filtering out buzzwords to evaluate whether something actually has value or not.  Take this buzzword heavy … Continue reading

New Survey Reveals EHRs Just Don’t Care About Patient Care

Minneapolis, MN|Aug. 27 For the past 3 years, healthcare systems across the U.S. have seen a surge in the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) primarily caused by a government incentive program called the HITECH Act, which is commonly referred to as “Meaningful Use”. However, there has also been a concurrent rise in the level … Continue reading

The End of Meditech?

Meditech has not been faring well in the news as of late.  One of its larger clients that make up a good portion of Meditech’s HIMSS Stage 7 clients just announced they will be moving to Epic.  LSS Data Systems, still fresh off its full acquisition by Meditech has been targeted in an inaccurate financial … Continue reading


Here’s a little something to infest your daydreaming mind with:  What if physicians were allowed to bring their own EHRs to work?  I’m not talking about bringing two tons of Epic or Allscripts wherever you go, but something light that simply allows them to document and communicate with other people and systems as needed.  Physicians … Continue reading

The Era of Legacy EHR Migration? Doubtful.

Legacy EHR: Any EHR that is not internet-dependent.   How many times have we heard that the HIT market is shifting away from “Legacy” systems and towards web and cloud-based products over the past few years?  Quite often, right?  Hospital systems flaunt how they are migrating away from their legacy systems, and numerous vendors will … Continue reading

Conducting Time Studies In Physician Practices

A few weeks back I was listening in on a conversation that an EHR implementation team was having.  They wanted to figure out what tasks or parts of the EHR a nurse was using throughout the day that were causing hangups for her.  I promptly stepped in.  Time Study! A time study is a log … Continue reading