Is Blue Button a step backward?; No such thing as the 'perfect EHR';

> Writing on the HL7 Standards blog, Rob Brull, a certified HL7 CDA specialist and product manager for Corepoint Health, wonders if Blue Button interoperability is a step backward with regard to interoperability. "Blue Button output is not machine-readable," he writes. "If a patient takes Blue Button output to a provider, the health information will have to be manually entered into the [electronic health record] by the staff." Blog post

> Robert Rowley, M.D., medical director for Practice Fusion, says in a recent blog post that patients should be the ones controlling "cradle-to-grave" patient health records. "For individually identifiable health data--a patient's own health record, aggregated from across the entire landscape--clearly the person managing viewing permissions needs to be the patient directly," he writes. Post

> The "perfect EHR" is a myth, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka writes in a recent blog post. Halamka says users who are unhappy with their product's performance buy into it, though. "Users believe the grass will be greener by selecting another EHR," he writes. "I believe that what a provider perceives as a better EHR often represents tradeoffs in functionality." Post

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