Many medical providers are eager to adopt MediTouch EHR® technology, and as soon as they get started, they realize they want more! Providers report that it is easy to use MediTouch®, but they want to be connected to all of their healthcare partners. They want to jettison their fax machine, their printer and become 100% electronic — and who can blame them? The average doctor may have between 20 and 30 local healthcare partners, and those partners more than likely will be on disparate systems. Adding to the connectivity complication, patients are mobile and may seek care in two or more geographic locations (think snowbirds).
Can we look to the Meaningful Use measures and the government-led EHR adoption program for assistance with universal connectivity issues? Not really, at least not in its first iteration. Most of the connectivity measures that are defined in Meaningful Use are rudimentary, point-to-point connectivity measures that accomplish very little compared to the expectations of physicians and their patients.
One great feature of MediTouch EHR is that it is Web-based, so that sharing data is a lot simpler than on traditional client-server or turnkey technology. It is much simpler to communicate with others when using systems like MediTouch, which is always connected to the Internet when compared to these unconnected client-server systems. Think back to the days prior to the Internet and how hard it was to share a file with a friend… The government does not mandate that EHRs become Web-based, but we think that they should: it would help facilitate data exchange and the full promise of EHR technology.
In a future blog post on the EHR Superhighway, we will explore simple steps the government can take to assist providers in connecting to their partners and constituents.
More to come.