Lightning MD: Is There Hope for Doctors in Need of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) That Actually Works?

Palm Desert, CA, April 27, 2017 –(– In 2009, the Healthcare Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) was signed into law. For many doctors, it was a wakeup call that the future was finally here. Paper charting was coming to an end. In its stead, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the EHR would improve patient care by:

(1) Reducing the incidence of medical error by improving the accuracy and clarity of medical records.

(2) Making the health information available, reducing duplication of tests, reducing delays in treatment, and patients well informed to make better decisions.

(3) Supporting other care-related activities directly or indirectly through various interfaces, including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting.

While the intentions were good, the results were not so admirable. Many clinicians are worried that their current EHRs keep them from connecting with their patients. The time spent on the computer is often time not spent with the patient. This is borne out by a recent JAMA Internal Medicine study where patients said they are “usually less satisfied with their doctor’s care” when computers are used during appointments.

“After spending years working in the healthcare field, it became readily apparent that neither doctor nor patient were happy where technology was taking us,” said Brian Esser, co-founder of Lightning MD. “It was patently obvious that doctors needed less clicking, and more face time.”

Enter Lightning MD. Lightning MD is a disruptive technology that facilitates faster charting, less clicking, and more doctor/patient interaction. It also gives doctors specialization and customization that they have not had before. Kelly Schoenfeld, co-founder of Lightning MD, finds the current EHR system frustrating. “The current system is giving doctors a one-size fits all approach, and frankly, doctors resent sorting through a myriad of assessments that have no bearing on their specialty. It’s a time-waster for all parties.”

Doctors are working in an environment where there is never enough time, and decidedly few tools to use in the process. Lightning MD looks to fulfill the original promise of the EHR.