“It takes a really brave doctor to develop their own EHR.”
“Is this doctor crazy?”
These are some comments that I received over the past few weeks since I released my project. I’d like to use this blog post to talk about how I got to this place and where I hope to head in the future. I’m going to bring to the forefront my “Five Headlines” and how it has directed my work.
These headlines reflect the fundamental issues that I feel are paramount regarding the current state of healthcare systems (at least in the United States, but certainly applicable around the world). These headlines impacted me as a practicing physician. In detail with as many charts and graphs as possible, I’m going to discuss these headlines starting with what is flawed or wrong with the current system and then how it pertains to my development of the NOSH ChartingSystem.
Many Individuals Remain Uninsured or Have Limited Access to Health Care
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Suggests That Focus on Early Treatment and Prevention of Certain Childhood Experiences Can Impact Health Care Costs in the Future
Primary Care Physicians are a Dying Breed
Primary Care Physicians Lag in EHR Incentive Payments
Independent Practices are Being Left Behind in Health Information Technology
Although these headlines seem to be distinct issues unrelated to each other, I will show you how they are all interwoven and interconnected with Primary Care being the hub of the problem in the next few posts. I will then show you how this open source project could be a common focus point to bring about or advocate for changes in our health care system with primary care and independent practices in the front seat.