It occurs to me I have exposed myself to a potential charge of a conflict of interest here, and want to clear the air. (Dang, and right after having been okayed for the Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics, proudly displayed in the right sidebar: they may want it back, and I’m not kidding about that).
I hadn’t meant to talk about which EMR we’re using, but in the excitement I did. We’re using EPIC, which is pretty good, and I’m perfectly happy with 85% of it, and the rest we all want to tweak.
I am a paid consultant to our hospital ownership groups’ EPIC steering committee, and have input into what goes into order sets, etc. It takes 2 hours once a month, so I’m not going to retire (or even vacation) on the income, but I do get money for working on the project. I can tell you I signed an NDA about what we do specifically, I don’t own stock or get any other money from these efforts, and I don’t work directly for EPIC on this. I don’t want my discussion of our EMR to cross any ‘talking up a commercial product that he’s getting money from’ line, thus the disclosure.
So now you know. I don’t consider it a conflict, but you can be your own judge of that.