Generalized EMR Interoperability risks creating more clinical dysfunction

While easy transferability of records and easy communication between medical groups will be critical to efficient, innovative medical care, the EMR feature sets could lead to more clicking and more low yield work time for physicians sitting in front of a screen. Health systems must adopt interoperability, but to do so with existing user interfaces and workflows with established EMR's could lead to lower satisfaction by employed physicians.

New user experience designs that are focused on the clinicians will drive competitive advantages for medical groups and health organizations in the future. We are still stuck in the Windows of the 1990's for highly complex medical issues that cannot be efficiently fit into meaningful use requirements across the board. The winning systems in a market will figure out how to enable lean, easy, clinically relevant interoperability that make clinicians and patients truly feel cared for by their partners and employers.

Jason Sperling