Live Stream Dr. Josh’s Press Conference On Monday, August 19 @ 1 PM CST

Great news. Dr. Josh has been invited to Skype in to a live press conference held by the Michigan State Government. In case you missed it, state legislators in Michigan have taken a stance for less bureaucratized healthcare. The event will be addressing this topic and related issues. There will be speakers from both House and Senate committees, and professionals in the industry. The speakers will hold a live Q&A afterwards.

The entire event will be both videotaped and broadcast live on Michigan Government TV. You can access the live feed on Monday here. (Look for the August 19 session titled 1PM. If you’re on a desktop, it’s on the top of the left column.)

If you can, please share this post with other doctors you think would be interested. Hope you’ll be tuning in Monday!

LINKS: Even With Meaningful Use, EHR Might Break The Bank

“Healthcare Observers Disagree on Cost-effectiveness of Electronic Health Record Systems” | Dark Daily
Along with the researchers at the University of Michigan, other experts have questioned EHR’s promise to deliver greater financial rewards. READ MORE

“If Practices Don’t Change, EHRs Lose Money” | Med Page Today
The average physician lost nearly $44,000 over 5 years implementing an electronic health record system, a large pilot study found, but the technology itself was just part of the reason. READ MORE

A Survey Analysis Suggests That Electronic Health Records Will Yield Revenue Gains for Some Practices and Losses for Many” | Health Affairs (abstract)
This Health Affairs abstract will require membership. However, the title alone should be cause for concern. READ MORE

“Health Insurers Spending Big Dollars to Be Players in ‘Big Data’; Trend has Implications for Clinical Pathology Laboratories” | Dark Daily
With healthcare reform not likely to increase their growth, health insurers are expanding into data management to find new ways to make money. READ MORE

“New Study Predicts that Majority Of Physician Practices Will Lose Money On Their EHR Systems” | Atlas Blog
It appears that government intervention, while useful in certain cases (for instance, monopolies), can impede the marketplace. In EMR’s case it encouraged mediocre products to be bought and sold, costing money and wasting time overall. READ MORE

Skeletons in the EMR Closet (Links)

Here’s a weekly round-up of articles pertaining the headache that is the state of EMR.

Most pain apps lack physician input
This quick read brings up a scary fact: over 30% of medical apps aren’t made with any input from doctors. While altruistic in nature, this just proves that not everything on the market is created equal.

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