Not long ago, I had a nice email exchange with a sales manager with one of the top ambulatory EMR vendors. He had written to comment on The EMR Vendors Dilemma, a piece I wrote about the difficult choices such vendors face in staying just slightly ahead of the market.In our correspondence, he argued that Meaningful Use (MU) had led customers to see EMRs as commodities. I think he meant that MU sucked the innovation out of EMR development.After reflecting on his comments, I realized that I didnt quite agree that EMRs had become a commodity item. Though the MU program obviously relied on the use of commoditized, certified EMR technology, Id argue that the industry has simply grown around that obstacle.If anything, Id argue that MU has actually sparked greater innovation in EMR development. Follow me for a minute here.

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