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A Good Start to a Blog

Posted on April 25, 2007 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I must admit that usually I’m not that interested in healthcare blogs that don’t have to do with technology and electronic medical record. However, I’ve had to make an exception with the Healthcare Managers blog. I love her open style and her willingness to talk about anything. I love that she’s not trying to hide anything and she really wants to get people’s feedback. I think many of my readers will enjoy her blog as well.

Quoted in an Article on EMR Consulting

Posted on April 16, 2007 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I want to thank Selena Chavis for writing a good article on EMR consulting in For the Record Magazine. It was interesting to see how she would integrate the things I told her into an article. The other gentleman in the article made some good points. Here’s one interesting point:

Bryson acknowledges that he has witnessed a reluctance on the part of physicians to pay for outside consulting services. Everything [in the EMR process] is so cost-prohibitive right now. I hear physicians say, I dont really want to pay these guys $10,000 to do thisIll do it myself, he says, adding a warning that without knowledge of the inner workings of the technology field, expensive errors can be made. For them to make the right decision is paramount. There are monies to be saved by having professionals in your corner. Bryson adds that the most significant errors in the implementation process often come from not investing the right amount of money in infrastructure and training.

I don’t necessarily agree that everything is so cost-prohibitive right now. I think that servers and other hardware are dirt cheap. EMR vendors are creating innovative pricing plans. Not to mention competition is really driving the prices down. However, I definitely agree that it is important for a consultant to show a doctor a clear set of reasons why having a consultant will pay for itself.

Top Health IT Innovators 2007

Posted on April 4, 2007 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

FierceHealthIT recently came out with their top 10 companies that are “Shaking up” Health IT. They tried to focus on companies that we haven’t probably heard of yet. I love the notion and found the article pretty interesting even if the site was so slow to load that I almost stopped reading.

Here’s their list:
10. NaviMedix
9. PatientsLikeMe
8. MDVIP
7. Get Well Networks
6. MedApps
5. athenahealth
4. Devon IT
3. QlikTech
2. Practice Fusion
1. Enhanced Medical Decisions (EMD)

Quite honestly, I’m not sure how they ordered this list, but it is what it is. Lists are meant to be informative and not a final authority.

I was most intrigued by Devon IT’s thin client model and also Practice Fusion’s free EMR model. I must admit that while I’ve been skeptical of thin clients in the past, I’m actually coming around to the idea of a thin client. Too bad I just ordered all brand new desktops or I might really consider Devon IT’s technology. I think they would be a great potential partner for an EMR consultant. I think it’s ridiculous for Practice Fusion to think that they are going to have 10,000 physicians using their system be the end of the year. I’d be surprised if they can get 10,000 physicians to sign in and try their system. Haven’t they already seen LifeRecord EMR and other free EMRs. There’s a whole lot of competition in that field. I’m not sure why 10,000 physicians would be interested in this new free EMR. Maybe they have a better marketing plan than I expect.

I do have to argue the articles premise that most of these companies are working on consumer-type problems and that the industry is going to see a two-way flow of information between doctors and patients like we’ve never seen before. Let’s be honest and realistic here. It’s just not going to happen. There are a myriad of forces that are going to stop it, but I think there’s one major force that will stop this from becoming a reality. There’s no payment structure for this type of interaction with a doctor.

One day this type of interaction may occur, but I can tell you that it’s not going to happen in the foreseeable future.

Mapping Sickness Trends Web 2.0 Style

Posted on April 3, 2007 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I don’t know of anyone that would disagree with the notion that the health care industry is dramatically behind other industries on their use of technology. I think the major key is that most health care people see themselves as a necessary part of society and not as a business entity. Let’s be honest. If you need an operation or if you’re sick do you really have a choice not to do it? No, you go to the hospital and get it done. I think this contributes to health care’s lack of technology use.

I did recently get an email of someone who’s trying to embrace some of the latest “Web 2.0” technologies to help with health care. It’s called Who is Sick? It’s a pretty interesting notion of being able to track various sicknesses as they break out throughout the country.

The best part of the website is a google mashup of sicknesses. It’s pretty fun to click around and see what’s happened. Unless of course you don’t live in a major city. I live in Las Vegas, a reasonably large city, and there were only 2 sicknesses listed. The site is in beta. I think that the site’s attempt to have forums is not going to work well. I think they should focus on aggregating health information. The user submitted health information is good, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough to sustain them.

If this site really wants to take off then it needs to start contacting all the EMR companies that it can find. It needs to create relationships, do profit sharing or something with each of those EMR companies so that they can suck the data directly out of the EMR and into the Who is Sick? database. It’s the only way I think the website can get enough critical mass to be successful.

If the site does create a relationship with some of the large EMR vendors like eMDs or ECW, then I think this website could be on to something special.