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HIMSS Leader Raises Doubts on PHRs

by John Moore | April 25, 2008

Interesting post this afternoon over on the WSJ Blog. Appears that Steve Leiber, the head of the industry group HIMSS made some comments to the reporters that were not all that positive regarding PHRs, more specifically stating: “Physicians aren’t going to trust it.”

I have two problems with this.

First, Leiber should provide full disclosure that HIMSS receives a boat-load of money from the EMR vendors that have a lot to loose should records begin migrating beyond the four walls of a hospital. First, it will force the issue of interoperability, something EMR vendors are loathed to adopt for like any other industry, interoperability gives the buyer choices and easier paths for migrating from one system to another. Also, these vendors are beginning to offer their own tethered-PHR, which is simply a consumer-centric EMR portal to their records. A PHR that resides outside of the EMR limits their market opportunity.

Second, in some small practices and rural community centers, physicians are starting to use consumer controlled PHRs as their EMR system. So, if these small PHR vendors can do something like this, who’s to say that Google won’t do something similar, again putting a big hurt on those EMR vendors (or at least those trying to go down market). Or how about this, AthenaHealth and Google Health form a partnership similar to the Salesforce.com – Google relationship. Now wouldn’t that shake the industry up a bit.

And as for that comment about PHRs and physicians not trusting them…

Well Mr. Leiber, with all due respect, I suggest you start actually talking to a few physicians rather than the EMR vendors for I have found many, including such luminaries as John Halamka, Toby Cosgrove and Denis Cortese to all be in strong support of consumer-controlled PHRs.

Idea: Maybe I should get a bunch of buttons printed up, similar to those Salesforce.com uses stating: Give Me My Records. Hmm, be fun to distribute those next year at HIMSS.

5 responses to “HIMSS Leader Raises Doubts on PHRs”

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  3. MG says:

    There is some validity to the statement about physicians having validity concerns about the data in a PHR (mainly due to liability issues real or perceived). Still, this is a protective turf statement by HIMSS for acute EMR vendors like Epic/Cerner/etc and a pretty thin one at that.

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  5. Anti HIMSS says:

    This comment stands as a public announcement:

    HIMSS is staffed by a circus of non-clinical employees and should not be regarded as a

    leader in health information technology.

    HIMSS engages business practices that violate human rights policy and malingers as a 501 (C)

    (6) non- profit tax exempt organization. HIMSS runs a pay-to-play scheme with CCHIT (in

    Crook County , Illinois).

    THE STRAIGHT TALK: HIMSS is really a For-profit money grabbing organization and pays its CEO

    an outrageous salary. HIMSS is another fine example of people profiting on the backs of the

    sick and poor.

    GAME OVER, HIMSS, your hand got stuck in the taxpayer cookie jar.

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