The Physics of EHR Advocacy
Sound waves are directional, which is why the volume of a person speaking directly to your face seems louder than that same person’s voice projected at an angle.
And so it is with public policy advocacy, which helps to explain what’s happening currently with physicians’ complaints about EHRs. Doctors have been voicing their frustrations for years – to each other, to hospital administrators, to IT professionals, to EHR vendors – but to a large degree the sound has been dispersed. Now, thanks in part to the AMA’s new #FIXEHR campaign, the sound is starting to be consistently directed to political leaders and regulators in Washington, D.C.
It began last week at a town hall-style forum in Atlanta, where physicians in the audience were invited to tell their EHR (mainly horror) stories. These, and others submitted online from physicians around the country, are being compiled by the AMA to share with members of Congress who will determine the future of the federal Meaningful Use program.
As an editorial in FierceEMR.com noted, “a wellspring of storytelling by thousands of doctors could have a collective impact. Congress certainly has been more involved in the Meaningful Use program and interoperability issues in recent months. And while ONC and CMS are somewhat insulated in the executive branch of government, Congressmen and women are elected officials. And physicians vote.”
Seems a barrage of concentrated sound waves is about to break on the Capitol.