Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner recently told Healthcare IT news that she wants to drop the E from electronic health records and replace it with a C, changing the acronym from electronic health records to comprehensive health records.
“‘E’ has to go away now. It’s all electronic,” Faulkner said at the company’s user group meeting in late September. “We have to knock the walls down whether they’re the walls of the hospital or the walls of the clinic.” Her implication was that the the letter change represented a big shift.
However, Grace Century project partner Quantum has been typically ahead of the curve in this respect, and was employing this line of thinking as a far as 10 years ago.
“The “e” is lowercase for a reason” said Scott Wolf, President and Director of Research for Grace Century, “Quantum’s PWeR ® is and has been a comprehensive system for at least 10 years now. Whilst any suggested changes to the industry terms used to describe health records can be headline-grabbing, the real impact of a comprehensive healthcare records system is to the end users….patients and deliverers of healthcare. Quantum have been comprehensive for many years in this area.”