Health IT satire is hard. Just ask the Fake Judy Faulkner on Twitter, an account launched earlier this month which has been very quiet lately.
For the record, it’s not me behind it, and I don’t know who is. This blog post is in response to rumors and accusations pushed in our general direction on Twitter and elsewhere in the weeks since Fake Judy went live.
In the context of speculating with health IT movers and shakers at HIMSS13 about the as-yet-unknown person behind the phenomenon that is Farzad’s Bowtie — also, not us — I suggested that a fake Faulkner feed might have more comedic potential than the Bowtie, judging from the way the Epic Systems Corp. CEO tends to be more of a polarizing figure in our industry. Logically, one of the folks with whom we chatted, or one of their associates, is the culprit.
It’s one thing to crack wise at a Tweetup at the end of the long trade show day and get some laughs, and quite another to actually launch such a thing. We’re in the business of summarizing the reality show that is health IT policy development and technology implementations in the U.S. health system. We’re telling that story in small enough chunks so busy CIOs, CISOs, data storage architects and other IT staffers can stay abreast of current developments in the few free minutes they have each day.
In the end, no matter what you think of Judy Faulkner, there’s no denying that she and her company are an American entrepreneurial success story. She built that. The rest of Epic’s story is to be written, as it faces challenges of interoperability with other vendors’ products and a changing IT landscape where cloud EHR and data analytics vendors seem poised to take away large chunks of market share from traditional self-hosted server/application environments. We’ll be there to tell that part, too.
Fake Twitter accounts? We’ll leave those to wiseacres who have more time and what appears to be — judging from the tenor of the Tweets — actual axes to grind. It also appears they have a willingness to open themselves up to criticism once the perpetrator is outed. As for us, we’ll get back to work, hoping the day of nationwide, interoperable health data exchange across all vendor EHRs will come sooner than later, and that Epic will be a big part of that network.