Too Much, Not Enough, All at Once
The title of this post is from a Jack Kerouac quote, having to do with falling in love. I have a more prosaic interpretation: it’s the key problem in health IT, everywhere you look. Health IT solutions provide a lot of data, but it’s usually too much, and what the user is actually looking for is often missing. Too much and not enough at the same time. Because data itself only becomes useful when context and meaning transform it into information. This can be especially true when data and information are presented [...]
In a recent press release, eClinicalworks (eCW) announced that it will enter the Acute Care EMR space (eCW press release). Athenahealth is also moving into Acute Care (athenahealth press release). This adds two new players in a field that became increasingly dominated by Epic and Cerner.
First question: Are they crazy? What are they thinking?
Even though there is growing concern about “Epic monoculture” (see Koppel), the reality is that this market is still quite fragmented, and has many smaller IT players on outdated technology platforms. This creates [...]