Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Meaningful Yoose Rap Music Video - World Premiere

The American College of Medical Informatimusicology
Proudly Presents
The Meaningful Yoose Rap
Written and Performed by Dr. HITECH

You can also see the Rap in HD on Vimeo:

Trying to figure out what eligible providers have to do to receive incentive payments from CMS for the meaningful use of electronic health records? Everything you need to get started is right here, delivered in under three minutes.

Just like the HITECH Interoperetta, The Meaningful Yoose Rap is shared under the Creative Commons Attribution, Share-Alike license, which means that you are free to post or present this video without charge, but we ask that you keep the credits intact. And do let us know if you present it at a large meeting or publish it on the web.

Please share this video with others and post comments on the Informatimusicology blog, YouTube or Vimeo, "like" it on Facebook, give it stars... whatever you can do to spread it around.

Deepest thanks to the dedicated and talented friends and colleagues who volunteered many evening and weekend hours to make The Meaningful Yoose Rap possible, especially filmmaker Ishu Krishna who brilliantly directed, edited and co-produced this video. The production team included Stuart Trouton, Kareem Abdelsadek, Ryan Kim and Chris Wacek. Malik Bradford brought the soundtrack to life with his audio engineering wizardry. Son T (aka, RobotBoy2001) and wife Kym offered acting talents and patience. Back-up rappers included Cara Campbell, Kaushal Dadhania, Janelle Hu, Missy Hyatt, Liesa Jenkins, Robert Reitz and Jas Singh. 

Thanks to Gail Hinte who said, "Someone should do a rap on meaningful use to that 'Pants on the Ground' tune!" and to Andrew Weniger who responded, "I know the guy who's crazy enough to do it."

Mr. HIStalk and Inga provided the venue to debut it at the 2010 HIStalk reception at HIMSS. Dr. David Blumenthal, upon seeing a live performance of the "Final (Rule) Cut" version, commented, "That would be great to see on YouTube," which was enough encouragement to spend the time getting it done and gathering the folks who could help make it happen. 

Though many hands were involved in making this video possible, the opinions expressed within are solely the responsibility of the author, our esteemed President, Founder and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatimusicology, Dr. Ross D. Martin, aka Dr. HITECH.

Now let's put the patient first and do some Meaningful Yoose!

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Want to rap along?  Lyrics are available here.  We will post a karaoke version MP3 sometime soon, so start practicing!

Becoming the world's leading medical informatimusicologist doesn't happen overnight.  Dr. Martin has been writing and performing HIT songs for years, starting with The Legend of Bob the DERF for NCPDP in 2004, followed soon thereafter by The MedBiq Song for MedBiquitous, The Patient is Waiting for HL7, and The X12 Song for, you guessed it, X12 (still need to post that one). 

But Dr. Martin's definitvie work in informatimusicology, the one that landed him the role as President and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatimusicology and that has put him on the short list of candidates for Medical Informatimusicologist of the Millenium--even with nearly 90 years to go--has to be HITECH: An Interoperetta in Three Acts, which he first shared with the world on May 13th, 2009.  Viewed more that 20,000 times on YouTube, it remains the work against which all others must be compared.

Want to know more about Dr. Martin?  His neglected website is at

The Meaningful Yoose Rap - The Final (Rule) Cut Lyrics

CMS published the final rule on incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records after the debut of The Meaningful Yoose Rap at the 2010 HIStalk reception at HIMSS, which required an update of the rap's lyrics. The new version swaps out the standards used to achieve meaningful use with the fifteen core objectives required of eligible providers.

Say Yo!

C'mon say Yo!

Now say H-I-T

C'mon say H-I-T

Yo, all you doctors won't you lend me an ear
While this wannabe hip-hopper sez what's goin' on here
Just take a look at the HITECH Act
It says EHR and you say, "Tell me somethin' new, Jack!
EHRs have been around for a while
They cost an arm and a leg and then they cramp your style"
You do a double-take... "Yo, Home, now how can this be?
It says Uncle Sam is lookin' to give some money to me!"
And so I'm here to tell you that this message is for real
But there's just one way to make it into this deal
Goin' paperless ain't nothin' if you ain't got the juice
You got to interoperate and show some Meaningful Yoose

Two-oh-eleven's when the money starts to flow
So you bettah listen up to hear the things you need to know
You need an EHR that does interoperability
And gets a thumbs-up from a certifying entity
They'll put it through the paces to make sure it'll jive
With all the bits, bytes and regs then it's time for you to drive
If you do what I'm sayin', you won't be chasin' a wild goose
You'll be on your way to showin' Meaningful Yoose

Meaningful Yoose, Meaningful Yoose
Here's what you need to know for doin' Meaningful Yoose
Ya' got fifteen objectives ya'll required to do
I'll rap 'em out for ya' then you'll add a few
Order Entry, test HIE, office visit summaries
E-prescribin', interactions, medications, allergies
Diagnosis, demographics, vital signs, smokin' status
Give patients record access, don't let the hackers attack us
Quality report, decision support
That's the core then from the menu ten choose five more for
Meaningful Yoose, Meaningful Yoose
Takin' care of patients doin' Meaningful Yoose

By now you're prob'ly thinkin', "Man, somethin' ain't right
This dude ain't got the moves and his rappin' ain't tight"
You got that one straight... I may not be too cool
But this message is important, so I'm willing to play the fool
Now tip your hats to the cats from the ONC
They're the ones under the gun to set the stimulus dough free
Startin' state HIEs and makin' Beacons from Communities
Fundin' SHARP and training and RECs
All the money's movin' out so there will be no excuse
For not puttin' patients first and doin' Meaningful Yoose
So get hip to what I'm sayin'... cut the power loose
And get your forty-four Gs for doin' Meaningful Yoose
Get your forty-four Gs or more for Meaningful Yoose
Put the patient first and do some Meaningful Yoose