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SEEDIE – The Society for Exorbitantly Expensive and Difficult To Implement EHRs Submits Meaningful Use Recommendations

Posted Oct 30 2009 11:01pm

This site has been around for a while and looks like they have made some updates.   We all are so involved in getting digital health records on the map image and this group takes a different look at the entire situation with a bit of humor.  Their EHR of choice is Extormity and it is worth the time to check out the pages of the site for some chuckles, but, some of what is published is really true, when you think of all the frustrations and issues that come with electronic medical records and the implementation processes.  We see it every day on forums and everywhere else on the web.

The site states they have a real deep focus on the word “meaning”.  We all would like to know more about that one too.  What is meaningful in one person’s opinion could be meaningless in another’s eyes so putting all this together is a big chore to say the least.  They want to make your perpetual investment a happy one, great humor and satire here. 

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From the website:

Brantley Whittington/CEO

“My sole focus is on maximizing shareholder value, period…oh, and improving patient care, too.”

Whittington, a former Wall Street hedge fund manager, has a keen interest in EHR technology that dates back to a 2004 analyst report projecting exponential growth in the healthcare IT sector. Whittington provides leadership and vision, balancing perceived customer needs with the very real demands of Extormity investors.

Oliver Brindle/CTO

“Live long and prosper.”

Brindle, a surviving veteran of the vacuum tube and punch card era, is a leading expert in the Fortran programming language. In addition to writing proprietary code and maintaining Extormity’s complex operating architecture, Brindle is responsible for deciphering confusing industry acronyms including HL7, CCR and CCHIT.

Dr. Sonny Bartram/CMO

“I may have graduated last in my class at the Medical School at Universidad de Guatemala, but the parchment still says MD.”

Bartram, a retired GP, has authored and submitted a number of articles to peer reviewed publications on the financial consequences of serial malpractice suits in a general practice setting. Bartram’s recollections of practicing medicine bring a real world perspective to Extormity products and services.

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Of course, the Extormity EMR Software Suite must be integrated with other systems. Extormity software development engineers create custom, one-of-a-kind interfaces for each and every system or piece of equipment. In the event that we have already built an interface with a particular vendor, we employ a “reinvent the wheel” framework so that each of our customers receives a solution customized for their special needs, no matter how similar to work we have already performed for another client.

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The pricing matrix screen, funny, your computer does not have enough memory capacity to display this (grin).  BD 

SEEDIE Submits Meaningful Use Recommendations
SEEDIE, the Society for Exorbitantly Expensive and Difficult to Implement EHRs, has submitted unsolicited recommendations to HHS regarding ARRA guidance and policy around physician incentives for EHR adoption.
“What is meaningful use?” asked executive director Sal Obfuscato at a recent SEEDIE executive retreat in Belize. “We believe the question is the answer, as man has always struggled to find meaning in this world.”

 
This insight led SEEDIE to suggest that certified EHR vendors should embed quotes from well known philosophers in their applications. This approach will prompt physicians and other caregivers to actively seek meaning as they document patient encounters.
“When I am treating a patient, a thought-provoking quote from Jean Paul Sartre or Voltaire is far more valuable than the ability to e-prescribe or adhere to evidence-based guidelines,” said Dr. Timothy Farragut, a Vermont pediatrician and SEEDIE board member. “You get so caught up in diagnosing a condition that you forget to ask yourself the important questions - why am I here, what does it all mean, can I still make my tee time?”
These recommendations are part of a SEEDIE effort to be designated as an ARRA certification body. “Unlike certification organizations that focus on objective functional requirements, our innovative approach to meaningful use is focused on a much deeper meaning of the word meaning,” said Obfuscato.

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About SEEDIE
SEEDIE, the Society for Exorbitantly Expensive and Difficult to Implement EHR’s, is a healthcare IT standards organization that is completely funded and operated by a select group of proprietary electronic health record vendors.
Unlike independent, objective, professional organizations created to help medical professionals select and implement interoperable EHR solutions, SEEDIE promotes healthcare IT systems that play well in the sandbox if, and only if, it is in the best interests of a particular vendor. Learn more at www.seedie.org

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