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So, Where Does It Hurt Now? In Your EHR or EMR? The OctoBeast Cartoon Caption Contest

by athenahealth Blogmaster,

In case you haven’t yet noticed, a gross sea creature has infiltrated our website. Maybe this slimy beast looks familiar because you just got back from the sushi bar or because one of the same has been lurking in your practice recently.

Vanquish the beast! Crush it with your slightly-too-heavy laptop! The eyes! Go for the eyes! Kill! Kill!

Whoops. OK. Let’s take a deep breath.

This is actually part our new advertising campaign and the OctoBeast is meant to embody the ever-lurking complexity and hassles and slow, costly EHRs that can drag a medical practice down into the murky depths of despair.

Before launching the campaign three weeks ago, we tested the concept with MDs to be sure it spoke to them and their pains. They were definitely intrigued, even startled at first glance but they immediately got it and began to describe the “beast” of payer complexity and government mandates and ANSI 5010 and other creeping threats to their livelihoods and peace of mind.

So rather than resort to cheap violence and risk trouble from HR, the cops or PETA, how about a few laughs? Take a look at this cartoon and put on your comedy writer cap.

Send back your funniest caption(s) in a comment to the blog. You can check out the competition in the comments section of this post and then stay tuned for the October issue of Pulse to see the winning caption. We’ve already had some real zingers come in from readers of the September issue of Pulse. If you don’t already read Pulse, subscribe now for the latest news from athenahealth.

And to learn more about the OctoBeast, check out this video, with our beast tamer-in-chief, Jonathan Bush.

Good luck!

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