Whether it’s vendors, RHIOs, HIEs, or the N-HIN, where is a plan that will work? Is not this what it’s all about? Perhaps it is time that the rest of the national HIT leaders at CMS and the ONC who devised this plan, and who have lead physicians and hospitals down this ill-fated path promising them riches at the end of the journey should acknowledge their mistake and look for other ways to pass their time; pursue something more achievable, like gardening.
If the plan of of nationalizing healthcare by using HIEs, RHIOs, Meaningful Use, and the N-HIN had any real chance of working, don’t you think we would see a lot more organizations lining up to collect their EHR rebate?
In 1-2 years Meaningful Use will have been replaced by something else or done away with entirely. In 3-5 years the HIE-NHIN plan will have changed dramatically. That does not help people who are spending money today chasing ghosts.
As a side note, many hospitals will miss the ICD-10 conversion date. Not for lack of interest, but because so much of their attention is focused on chasing the banshee known as EHR.
HIEs remind me of hand-to-hand fire bucket brigades. It’s time we agree to use a truck.