Saturday, May 14, 2016
Doctor Resistance to EHR Data Palooza
An all-out crazy party, partying at one place with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow
Definition, Urban Dictionary, of “Palooza”
A national conference focusing on liberating health data and bringing together companies, startups, academics, government agencies, and individuals with the newest and most innovative and effective use of health data to improve patient outcomes
Mission of Datapalooza conference
I just came across on article in MedPage Today entitled
“Datapalooza: Slavitt Admits Gov't Failed in Health IT Push.”
The article opened,
“With just over 8 months on the job left to go, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday he now has "an obsession with the plight of independent physicians."
Since January, acting administrator Andy Slavitt and other members of agency have been traveling around the country listening to thousands of doctors complain about their electronic health record (EHR) systems, poor payment for their time, burnout, and confusion over quality metric requirements.”
What Slavitt was saying was that physician markets have repudiated the idea of electronic health records as the be-all and do-all of evidence-based medicine as the universal tonic for improving health care outcomes.
After talking to hundreds of primary care physicians , Slavitt and his colleagues concluded,
“Through these conversations, one thing became very clear. What we call 'interoperability' at this point would not be considered an impressive achievement by the average physician…. while technology now supports us in getting coverage, it is largely failing us in the care experience.” And all of this without measurable improvements in care for patients
Slavitt's talk was followed by an animated panel discussion moderated by Patrick Conway, MD, CMS's chief medical officer, with American Medical Association CEO James Madara, MD; Geisinger Health System president and CEO David Feinberg, MD; and Chet Burrell, president and CEO for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
This year’s Datapalozza conference was its seventh. Chet Burwell, President add CEO of CareFirst Bue CrossBlue Shield was one of its founder. Joe Biden, Vice-President of U.S. and Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of HHS, and 20 or so top down administrators and policy makers held forth, on these subjects.