CCHIT certified and certified dead

Electronic health record vendor is officially dead, reports Fred Trotter at GPL Medicine. The company sent its customers a fax reporting its demise.

As Trotter sees things:

As I suspected, it seems the AcerMed people were not dishonest. They claim they did not steal copyrighted code. Personally I think this indicates just how easily a company can be destroyed by a lawsuit gone badly. While there is a tremendous amount of venom being directed towards AcerMed, I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt. The important thing to note here is what did NOT matter. The AcerMed people seemed decent enough: did not matter. AcerMed was CCHIT certified: did not matter. AcerMed was recommended in the industry press and by industry experts: did not matter.

Companies get sued, people get sick. When will the medical community wake up to the fact that proprietary medical software is incompatible with medicine, incompatible with free thought and dangerous to patient data? First Dr. Notes now AcerMed: is it time to wake up?

September 11, 2007

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