Which EHR Vendors will Win the Race?

I’ll Have Another in Stage 2?

How many times this weekend do you think you might say, “I’ll have another”? I can’t tell you how many times this week I have related to this. And I don’t just mean hitting my wine cellar. This week has had a lot of attention on data, datasets, metadata, and using it to help Americans improve their health. But while Todd Park was liberating data for the health innovators most of us were secretly taking in the data pouring out to tell us the odds of another Triple Crown winner.

I’ll Have Another, and of course we are talking about the horse, will run in the 144th Belmont Stakes, the Run for the Carnations this weekend and is a contender for the coveted Triple Crown. The odds are 4-5, the favorite to win. Not bad when all the data looks like it stacks up against him.

  • It has been 34 years since the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978.
  • Since the last winner, 11 contenders at the Belmont Stakes have failed.
  • I’ll Have Another drew position #11 (out of 12) for the race and only 2 horses have won from that post since 1905. Position #1 has had the most winners at the Belmont.
  • The Belmont is the longest of the three races at 1 1/2 miles.
  • His jockey Mario Gutierrez is a relative unknown.
  • According to NY State Racing Association’s data, he has a winning color (chestnut) but not a winning name. It has been a century since a winner’s name stated with an “I” and only 2 in total.

And just who doen’t like an underdog? In the first two legs of this journey, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness it was all about Bodemeister. He was the one to beat. Even when he lost the Derby he was still the one to beat in the Preakness. He is not even showing up to Belmont.

So I am thinking this just might be like the meaningful use stages and EHR vendors. We all know the Bodemeisters. Let’s see, the one that realized their product wasn’t calculating MU data correctly, oops! The one that is having some problems in the court room, or is that the board room, or both? Then there is the one with the recent IPO that if I was writing this after the Derby there wouldn’t be good news about your investment. But they seem to be rallying, time will tell.

So could there be an I’ll Have Another EHR vendor coming out of the pack that might just surprise us in Stage 2? I know I won’t have an answer this weekend. I do know however, I will be sipping my Belmont Breeze and cheering on I’ll Have Another.

The Belmont Breeze is the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. Created by New York’s premiere beverage authority Dale DeGroff, the profile of the Belmont Breeze comes from the colonial recipe: one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.

The ingredients are:

1 1/2 ounces of a good American blended whiskey
3/4 ounces Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
1 ounce of simple syrup
(1 ounce of sweet and sour mix may be substituted for the lemon juice and simple syrup)
1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce 7-Up
1 ounce Club Soda

Shake first six ingredients with ice, then top with 7-Up and club soda. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wedge.