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Can Hospitals in Mexico Avoid the Pitfalls of US EHR Systems? Commentary 

Can Hospitals in Mexico Avoid the Pitfalls of US EHR Systems?

Over the past 10 years, US hospitals have rapidly adopted Electronic Health Record systems because of federal mandates that included both carrots and sticks. The US federal government pumped 87 billion US dollars into the market by giving multi-million dollar rewards to hospitals that adopted EHR systems and, in 2017, hospitals that have failed to do so will be penalized... Read More
Escaping the EHR Trap Commentary 

Escaping the EHR Trap

In a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Escaping the EHR Trap – the Future of Health IT“, Dr. Kenneth Mandi and Dr. Isaac Kohane present a strong argument for disruptive change in the EHR space as follows: “Health IT vendors should adopt modern technologies wherever possible. Clinicians choosing products in order to participate in the... Read More
Paper, Paper Everywhere but Not a Drop of Ink Commentary 

Paper, Paper Everywhere but Not a Drop of Ink

A recent article on medium.com titled “UCSF Nurses Want Someone To Build These Products” By Fiahna Cabana, Desiree Matloob, and Priyanka Agarwal includes the following: ‘Frontline nurses attend to almost all of a patient’s basic needs. In doing so, they often juggle up to 25 pieces of paper with critical information. Ideally, nurses could use charting software that would help... Read More
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words Commentary 

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Many patient conditions are difficult to describe accurately but can easily be captured by a digital photo. While most hospital EMRs will accept photo files, the process can be very cumbersome. A digital camera has to be found, the picture taken, then uploaded to the hospital EMR system through a PC. This not only takes time and multiple devices but... Read More
David and Goliath Commentary 

David and Goliath

In his seminal book on disruptive technology, David and Goliath, business guru Malcom Gladwell points out that Goliath didn’t have a chance against David who was wielding a technology that was a precursor to modern warfare where killing could be done at a distance. While the sling was not a new technology, having been invented sometime in the Neolithic period, its art... Read More
Will the US Hospital EMR Market See Major Disruption in the Next Few Years? Commentary 

Will the US Hospital EMR Market See Major Disruption in the Next Few Years?

With HITECH rewards coming to an end, the likes of Cerner, Epic, and McKesson are looking for the next big windfall to feed their billion-dollar companies but may find that their customers are looking in the other direction to save money, not spend more. There are few who will argue that hospital profit margins will be growing in the coming years.... Read More