Athenahealth's Jonathan Bush: Don't waste money on proprietary EHR systems

Hospitals should stop spending billions on closed electronic health record systems, according to a recent blog post from Jonathan Bush, president and CEO of Watertown, Mass., cloud-based EHR vendor athenahealth. "The idea that a health system needs to buy one single system for every type of information it produces and install the systems all at once is both patently false and dangerous," he said. "That one misunderstanding, in my opinion, will put a meaningful percentage of hospitals out of business in the next few years."

Despite his viewpoint, Bush defended the EhR vendor Epic, pointing out that while it requires its clients to buy its products all at once, it's not one system, but rather a series of apps. Post