More practical, relevant, and actionable health IT advice to be doled out at HealthIMPACT East in NYC on Wednesday

Our vision of providing a packed one day event focused on practical, relevant, and actionable health IT advice was very well received in Houston earlier this month. We wanted to focus not on canned PowerPoint decks and promotion of tech hype but specific advice on how and where to apply IT in healthcare settings. Based on some of the feedback we got, it looks like we struck a chord: “I did enjoy the HealthIMPACT Forum in Houston and will definitely recommend attending. ...

What does it take to get beyond hype in health IT and focus on valuable, actionable, practical, relevant content?

My friend John Lynn was kind enough to cover the new HealthIMPACT Conference that I’m chairing in Houston on April 3 in his recent piece entitled “Getting Beyond the Health IT Cheerleaders, BS, and Hype Machine“. While the article was great, Beth Friedman’s comment was priceless: What are the criteria to be considered part of the cheerleader squad? This PR agency wants to be sure we are providing valuable, actionable, [practical], relevant content…. ...

Help us make sure HealthIMPACT events are useful and actionable

This year I’m chairing a healthcare IT event series called HealthIMPACT — it’s what I’m hoping will be some of the best places for healthcare technology enthusiasts and buyers to get actionable advice on what’s real, what’s BS, what to buy, what not to buy, and perhaps most importantly, which guidance is worth following. In order to make sure we cover the right topics, we have created a very short survey so that we have some evidence-driven approaches to proving we’re focusing on the right areas. ...

Why do Avon sales reps selling makeup deserve better usability than hospital physicians saving lives?

I was watching the Super Bowl tonight and lost interest after Bruno Mars’ very nice halftime concert so I started picking up some “Read it Later” articles I saved late last year; one specifically caught my eye. In December the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Avon is pulling the plug on a $125 million software system rollout which “has been in the works for four years after a test of the system in Canada drove away many of the salespeople who fuel the door-to-door cosmetics company’s revenue”. ...

Join me and other cheerleaders at the “Driving demand for Healthcare Interoperability” Pep Rally this Thursday in DC

When I was growing up in Texas I remember that we used to have Pep Rallies before our major sporting events. The idea behind a pep rally is to get the juices flowing and get fans engaged and cheering for the home team. On Thursday this week the West Health Institute and the ONC are hosting “Health care Innovation Day, HCI-DC 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Health Care System” where the purpose is to get people cheering for interoperability between EHRs, health IT systems, medical devices, and related technologies. ...

If Meaningful Use disappeared, how would EHR vendors change their products?

I’ve often said that Meaningful Use and the HITECH Act created false demand for EHRs and has (perhaps irrevocably) harmed innovation in the EHR space by standardizing features and function rather than outcomes and expectations. It’s a false demand because it concentrated too much on prescriptive, sometimes useless, and in many cases productivity-killing, functionality instead of focusing on what’s really needed — data interoperability and fostering innovation. John Halamka wrote something similar recently in his Advice to the new ONC chief (highlights in red below are mine, not John’s): ...