Hi, I’m Evan Steele—founder of the electronic health record (EHR) company SRSsoft and creator of EMR Straight Talk. The following is a brief personal background and history of how EMR Straight Talk came to life.
After receiving my MBA at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, I worked as an investment banker for Citicorp’s International Corporate Finance Department and later for Bear Stearns, providing advice on mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt offerings to wireless telecommunications companies.
A unique opportunity to reorganize and manage a booming New York City medical practice jump-started my entrance into the healthcare IT industry. In 1997, facing significant problems with organizing and managing critical patient data, and lacking an available, user-friendly electronic medical record software solution, I created the SRS Electronic Health Record, the flagship product of SRSsoft.
Since 1997, I’ve been immersed in the dynamic environment of healthcare IT—listening to the needs and wants of physicians and developing software tools in what was a free enterprise market. On February 17, 2009, that all changed when President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This was also when I published my first blog post on EMR Straight Talk.
Once signed, ARRA changed the healthcare IT landscape completely. Of the $787 billion of stimulus, roughly $36 billion was allocated to spur EHR adoption. The United States government had officially stepped in and altered the path of the EHR industry for the foreseeable future.
EMR Straight Talk provides me with a platform to discuss, analyze, dissect, and report my observations and opinions on the countless complexities that are challenging everyone in the health care industry. The opinions expressed here are mine, and mine alone. I encourage you to engage yourself in the information and perspectives I write about, to offer up questions, and to create a dialogue with me as we continue on this journey.