It has been a month since my last post. I normally don’t take so long, but sometimes life takes over and you don’t always have the free time to get your thoughts down on virtual paper. Although my writing has been lax, I have been reading quite a bit lately. Now it’s time to write again.
Around this time of year, we see the obligatory bests and worst lists of the ending year. Like most people, when I read these lists I often think of what is missing that makes these lists incomplete or rankings that seem irrational or unjust. There were several examples of these I saw regarding healthcare IT that examined the past year and what is coming in 2016.
Instead of discussing a list, I would like to point out a single completed objective that all of us should reflect on as we evaluate 2015 and look toward the future adoption of new technology in healthcare. During late 2015, we converted from the ICD9 to ICD10 diagnosis code set. This was over 90 days ago and the expected major disruptions associated with this change have never materialized. Like Y2K and Obamacare, we have once again proven that healthcare is an industry that can absorb change and adapt to new procedures. We have demonstrated again that we normally overestimate the negative impact of change and our ability to cope.