DIRECT PRIMARY CARE IS KILLING EMRs IN THE US MARKETPLACE: Dr. John Halamka

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The new face of primary care medicine, the Direct Primary Care movement, has no use for EMRs. This growing field of revolutionaries is estimated at roughly 15,000 doctors (including both DPC doctors and their first-cousins, concierge docs) has a shockingly-novel focus: get patients healthy, and keep them that way. Given that these practices operate outside of strict insurance claims requirements and filings, they can do something that every doctor would be happy to do: fire their EMR.

Instead of these baby steps to technology-informed healthcare, Halcyon Health DPC and folks like them are kicking their EMRs to the curb, and embracing an entirely new model of care. Instead of focusing on endless data capture to appease claims examiners, Halcyon Health DPC is focusing on patient care, plain and simple.

James Gaor, MD, Co Founder of Halcyon Health DPC, describes how his practice is using Twine, and the difference between Twine and an EMR: “It’s simple, Twine and Halcyon Health DPC are making primary care relationship centered, not just patient centered. We need a technology solution that prioritizes communication and transparency over data entry.

Traditional EMRs have largely missed the mark in empowering both physicians and patients in developing relationships that result in better healthcare outcomes.  EMRs focus on capturing data for a particular point in time, Twine delivers the tools we need to focus on the relationship between our team and the patient, with actionable planning, goal setting, frequent communications, and team collaboration. These are the things that help us focus on patient relationships in and out of the office, and for patients to understand and increasingly manage their own conditions.”

So, what does this mean for EMRs as healthcare organizations increasingly (if not at hyper-speed) move to value-based care? For starters, doctors will get back to doctoring, not charting.Doctors rejoice!.