At my house, we’ve had an interesting experience: cable cutting. At some point we looked at our DirecTV or Dish Network bill and simply couldn’t handle it anymore. It was time to take action.

The process started about a year and-a-half ago- maybe 2 years. Here’s what we tried:

  •      Bought an HD antenna to get local stations
  •      Bought an Apple TV
  •      Subscribed to an app that would act as a DVR for our TV programs
  •      For channels we didn’t get through the antenna, we downloaded & paid for TV channel apps
  •      Purchased a Netflix subscription

What did we end up using? Netflix. The rest of it was awful.

Don’t get me wrong- the idea was fantastic. And even then we could tell that the technology would get there, but it simply wasn’t ready.

Sound Familiar?

If you’ve been around the healthcare IT world for any length of time, this frustration is nothing new to you. But in your world, it’s not the TVs that are the issue (patients may disagree, btw). It’s the Electronic Health Record.

In their inception, EHRs were pushed to the market driven by government incentives and subsidies for anyone who could produce solutions quickly. The initial result was an array of clunky technology destined to frustrate users for years to come.

Keep in mind: these original solutions were invented before the smartphone was even a thing. We have since learned to interact with technology and react to it in very different ways. We think about the user experience in an all-new way. App doesn’t work? Delete it. Find a new one. If it’s been really bad, post about it on social media. Regardless, we don’t tolerate bad technology. Why? Because we don’t need to.

Back To Our House

After a few weeks, we stopped trying. In utter defeat we unplugged the Antenna and deleted the apps. We kept the Apple TV and Netflix because they were awesome. Then came the most hurtful step: we called AT&T and ordered DirecTV. Ouch.

Back To Paper

The same thing happens in healthcare. If the solution doesn’t work, you’ve spent time and money that won’t return to you, and in a world of quickly evolving technology, you return to paper.

The Next Phase

I have good news, though, because I know you’re concerned: technology is ready for cable-cutters now. About 2 months ago we found YouTube TV, and it is incredible. It has all the stations we ever wanted to watch and behaves like a DVR on ANY device we have.

We found the secret sauce: YouTube TV and Netflix.

If you don’t get anything else out of this article- get that. And, you’re welcome. In fact, here’s a link –>

The Next Phase In Healthcare IT

The last two years of EHRs and specialty-driven EMRs have been incredibly telling. Some systems that were once “closed” have since opened up to integrate and “talk to” other technologies. Interoperability has become a top priority rather than a begrudged offering. CMS has even begun to incentivize EHR interoperability.

Perhaps more importantly, EHRs that have either been unable or unwilling to change with the times have started to fade out while the cream has risen to the top. This means that good solutions have become available and have become more affordable.

The collective voices of patients, practitioners, and administrators from across the healthcare spectrum have been heard, and the market is now offering practices, surgery centers, and hospitals solutions that demonstrate they finally get it: one size doesn’t fit all. The ability to customize and fine-tune an implementation at the facility level is becoming more and more prolific.

The time has come to give a serious look at an EHR for your practice.

Maybe you’ve done that before—and I get it. There was a time when solutions truly earned the stigma that exists around healthcare IT & EHRs. But just as the cable-cutting solution needed time to develop, so did the Healthcare IT world. And it’s ready. Enjoy!


Graphium Health’s Anesthesia EMR

The Graphium Health Anesthesia EMR is one of the systems that has risen to the top. Our users are pleased not only with their initial, shockingly user-friendly experience, but also with our personal and responsive customer-success model.

When you need changes in our system, they can be implemented in a day or two- not the 6 months or more that you’ve become used to. With customizable templates and intuitive design, your Anesthesia Records are cleaner and quicker than ever before. We eliminate duplicate data entry at every point of your anesthesia forms to cut down your clerical work to a minimum while maximizing the value inherent in your anesthesia record data.Graphium Digital Forms

If you’ve already marked your procedures in your record, why do you still need a charge capture sheet for anesthesia billing? You don’t. If you have a digital copy of your record, why does a courier need to come pick it up & drive it to the billing company? He doesn’t. Why do you need so many different companies involved, anyway? You don’t. If you would rather manage all of your records and anesthesia billing in one place, Graphium Health can handle all of it. Love your billing company but want to get an EMR? Graphium is thrilled to work with them openly to get you what you need.

MACRA Compliance is another wrench in the mix. Graphium’s Anesthesia EMR handles it within the anesthesia record, then reports your compliance to the appropriate entities so that you never have to worry about it again or rely on a totally separate workflow to avoid CMS penalties or, on the positive side, participate in QPP & MIPS rewards programs.

It’s an exciting time to be in healthcare and anesthesia as technology has finally evolved into a form that you can use and enjoy. Imagine- EMRs that can actually help your practice!