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EHR State of Mind: These Videos Make Gold (Medical) Records

by Caroline Smart, CloudView Editor

You might know the classic Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Christopher Walken as a music producer demanding “more cowbell!” Walken reassures his musicians that he’s a man of the people—with a twist: “I put my pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else.  Except, once my pants are on, I make gold records.”

That analogy seems fitting today as we release the third and final rendition of “EHR State of Mind,” the satirical music video athenahealth produced for its Let Doctors Be Doctors campaign in partnership with ZDoggMD.  The video has evolved and matured with the campaign, developing a loyal coterie of imitators.  We think these videos are solid gold and want to know, which version do you like best?

Let’s take a little tour back in time...

In October, 2015, ZDoggMD, a.k.a. Dr. Zubin Damania, delighted the Internet with his remix of the well-loved JayZ song and struck a chord with thousands of providers for a truth seldomly acknowledged: Health IT is failing health care.  Providers are distracted by technology, overwhelmed by clicks and check-boxes, and are losing their connection to their patients. ZDogg’s video struck a nerve, inspiring over 1,000 health care professionals to share their frustrations, their outrage, and their recommendations on our virtual message board on our website, www.letdoctorsbedoctors.com.


Visitors loved the video so much that we decided to make another.  That led to a collaboration with local Boston singer-songwriter Chad Perrone, whose lo-fi, acoustic version set a different and altogether more melancholy tone.         


These videos have lived on www.letdoctorsbedoctors.com for some time, have been shared on social media, and even generated coverage in the news.  But there’s one version you haven’t seen, and we’re excited to share it with you today.  Meet our latest a capella remix by Las Vegas performers Sound Collage and Vox Vinyl, performed at the health IT industry’s largest annual conference, HIMMS, in Las Vegas this spring.


Providers need technology that lets them focus on what really matters: patient care.  athenahealth is working hard to deliver technology that connects us to one another, that shares information openly and seamlessly, and that lets doctors be doctors. So speak up, share your frustrations, and help us get it right.  Our message board is still open.  

Caroline Smart is a Senior PR Associate and CloudView Editor.

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