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What’s Next for HITsm? – #HITsm Chat Topics

Posted on November 29, 2016 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.

We’re still working to redesign our site as the new home of the #HITsm chat. We hope you’ll forgive the construction as we worked to make a permanent home for the #HITsm chat. I’m sure it will be a process of ongoing improvement. In the meantime, we wanted to announce the topic and questions we’ll be discussing on this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 12/2 at Noon ET (9 AM PT).

This week’s chat will be hosted by John Lynn (@techguy) from Healthcare Scene where we’ll be talking about what’s next for #HITsm. As the new host of the #HITsm chat, we wanted to spend a chat talking about any unique ideas, hosts, topics, you’d like to see as we continue the tradition of the #HITsm community while striving to make it even more valuable to everyone involved. Plus, we want to make sure we preserve the things that the community finds most valuable.

T1: Which features of the #HITsm chat do you think are the most important to preserve?

T2: What things should we avoid in the #HITsm chat?

T3: What topics and which hosts would you like to see in future #HITsm chats? (You can submit ideas here as well.)

T4: Do you have any creative ideas to take #HITsm to the next level of engagement and value?

T5: What keeps you coming back to participate in the #HITsm chats? What prevents you from participating?

Bonus: What’s your funniest, most exciting, most powerful, #HITsm memory?

Here’s a look at the rest of the #HITsm chat schedule through the end of the year:

12/9 – Innovation in Customer Experience and Digital Health
Hosted by Steve Sisko (@ShimCode) from ShimCode.com

12/16 – Reputation Management
Hosted by Erika Johansen (@thegr8chalupa) from Splash Media

12/23 – No Chat – Happy Holidays!

12/30 – No Chat – Happy New Year!

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Posted on November 24, 2016 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.

In the US, today is Thanksgiving and so I thought it would be fun to show a bit of gratitude to each of my children on each of my blogs. Feel free to skip this post if you’re looking for Healthcare IT content on Thanksgiving. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled content on Monday.

This probably says a lot about me, but I decided to put my oldest child on my oldest blog and so forth down the line based on age of the child and blog. With that alignment, EMRandHIPAA.com is host to my first child. Most of you don’t know, that my brother and I have casually been writing a daddy blog called Crash Dad where I refer to my kids as Crash Kids. So, on this blog I want to show some gratitude for Crash Kid #1.
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Crash Kid #1 just oozes creativity. His passion for creating and designing is inspiring to me since it’s the opposite of me. Ever since he could talk he’s been surprising us with the way he looks at life. I’m grateful that he always teaches me what’s most important in life and doesn’t let me allow other things to distract. Talking with him before bed is the perfect way for me to end the day and I’m grateful to him for that.

Happy Thanksgiving! Who are you grateful for this day?

Gratitude for the #HITsm Community

Posted on November 23, 2016 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.

When I wrote about the passing of the #HITsm torch to Healthcare Scene, I was so grateful thinking of the hundreds of incredible people in the #HITsm community that have impacted my life for good. There are too many stories to share here.

With that in mind, I knew that one key to my role in taking over the #HITsm Twitter chat was going to be to involve as many members of the #HITsm community as possible. I’ve already reached out and gotten commitments from @CancerGeek, @theGr8Chalupa, @ShimCode, @SarahBennight, and @Colin_Hung to help me curate the #HITsm hosts. I realized that if I did it alone, I would get sub-optimal results. However, by involving multiple people from a wide variety of perspectives we’d get a wide-ranging, diverse set of perspectives hosting the #HITsm chat.

While this is a great first step, I was inspired by @Matt_R_Fisher and @Resultant to open it up even more. Basically, let’s make it so the #HITsm Brain Trust can crowdsource the topics and hosts as much as possible. Matt and Joe also suggested that maybe out of these submissions we could create a set of topics that serve as a framework for discussions throughout the year. We’ll see what gets submitted, but I think it’s an interesting idea to have a number of themes that we cover in #HITsm throughout the year.

With this type of openness in mind, I created this form where anyone and everyone can participate by submitting topics and hosts for the #HITsm chat. Depending on the number of submissions, we may roll this into a survey where people can vote for topics and hosts they’d like to see most. We’ll still sprinkle in unique topics that might not be as popular though. Help us out and submit any ideas you have for #HITsm hosts and topics below:

Assuming the spam bots stay away, we’ve also made the submissions public so you can review what’s already been submitted before submitting your own. If you’d prefer to send us something privately, you can always connect with us on the Healthcare Scene contact us page or on Twitter (@techguy and @healthcarescene).

On this Thanksgiving week in the US, I also just wanted to say Thank You to all of the #HITsm community. The work we’re doing is important. Let’s all help each other to take what we’re doing to the next level. Healthcare needs us.

A Thankful Look at Healthcare Scene

Posted on November 22, 2016 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’ve been recently working on the Healthcare Scene media kit (still being edited as we speak) and a presentation that illustrates the influence of Healthcare Scene. As part of that slide deck I gathered the numbers for this slide:

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As I look at any of these numbers, I have to admit that it’s really hard for me to comprehend any of them. We’re approaching the 11th anniversary of Healthcare Scene and it’s really hard for me to imagine how far we’ve come since that weekend I got bored and started blogging about EMR.

This week of gratitude, I’m particularly grateful for those people who trust Healthcare Scene for their daily cup of what’s interesting in healthcare IT. Amidst all the noise that exists in this world, it’s quite humbling to think that so many people look to this network of blogs to stay informed.

Just as humbling is the hundreds of companies that have sponsored the work we do at Healthcare Scene. What’s best is that most of our sponsors started out as readers. It’s gratifying to know that they valued the work we do enough to support our sites. A big thanks to our current crop of sponsors: The Breakaway Group, Stericycle Communications Solutions, HIPAA One, Kareo, Iron Mountain, Intel Health, Samsung, HIM on Call, Central Learning, Greythorn, Innovative Consulting Group, Cumberland Consulting Group, EMR Staffing Partners, UCSD Master in Health Informatics (Online)Galen Healthcare Solutions, and 4MedApproved. As sponsors, I’ve gotten to know each of these organizations quite well and they are all working hard to improve healthcare.

This Thanksgiving Week, I just wanted to take a minute to celebrate and show gratitude to all of you. Thanks for reading. Thanks for commenting. Thanks for sponsoring. Thanks for sharing on social media. Thanks for the private messages and responses. Thanks for the likes and hearts and favorites and retweets. I feel blessed to be part of such an amazing community. I can’t wait to see what happens with healthcare IT over the next decade.

The Teeter Totter of Security and Usability – Tony Scott, US CIO at #CHIME16

Posted on November 15, 2016 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 was recently at the CHIME Fall Forum and had the privilege of hearing a keynote presentation by Tony Scott, US Federal CIO, that was made possible by Infinite Computer Solutions. Tony Scott has a fascinating background at VM Ware, Microsoft, Disney and GM which gives him a pretty unique perspective on technology and his topic of cybersecurity.

During Tony’s keynote, he made a great plea for all of us working in healthcare IT when he said:

Cybersecurity is important and there’s something that each one of us can do about it!

When it comes to Cybersecurity I think that many people throw up their arms and think that there’s not much they can do. However, if we all do our small part in improving cybersecurity, then the aggregate result would be powerful. That’s something each of us in healthcare should take seriously as we think of how cybersecurity issues could literally impact the care patients receive going forward.

Along these same lines, Tony Scott also suggested that members of CHIME (largely healthcare CIOs) should work to share with peers. Cybersecurity is such a challenging problem, we have to share and learn from each other. I saw this happening first hand in a few of the cybersecurity sessions I attended at the conference. Healthcare CIOs were happily sharing security best practices with each other. The reality is that everyone in healthcare suffers when healthcare organizations suffer a breach and erode the confidence of patients. So, we all benefit by sharing our experience and knowledge about cybersecurity with each other.

Tony Scott also framed the cybersecurity challenge when he said, “Every time we have a breach, we could think of it as a quality issue.” No doubt this was calling back to his days at GM when quality issues were a major challenge, but what a great way to frame a breach. When there’s a breach, there’s something wrong with the quality of the product we provide our healthcare organizations and ultimately patients. With that mindset, we can go about making sure that the health IT product we provide is of the highest quality.

While I enjoyed each of these insights from Tony Scott’s keynote, I had the unique opportunity to be able to head backstage to the green room to talk privately with Tony Scott and the team from Infinite Computer Solutions that was hosting him as keynote. We had a brief but interesting discussion about his keynote and the challenges of cybersecurity in healthcare.

During our discussion, Tony Scott offered an important insight about the balance of cybersecurity and usability when he compared it to a teeter totter. Far too many organizations treat cybersecurity and usability like a teeter totter. If you make something more secure, then that makes things less usable. If you make things more usable, then they’re going to be less secure. Or at least that’s how many people look at cybersecurity.

In my discussion with Tony, he argued that we need to look at ways to raise the teeter totter up so that there’s not this give and take between security and usability. We should look for ways to make things extremely usable, but also secure. I’d suggest that this is the challenge we must face head on in healthcare over the next decade. Let’s not just settle ourselves with the teeter totter effect of security and usability, but let’s strive to raise the teeter totter up so we preserve both.

Continuing the Tradition of #HITsm

Posted on November 11, 2016 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.

Yesterday, the Health Standards blog announced that Healthcare Scene would be taking over the #HITsm Twitter chat. If you’re like me, then you’re probably a little shocked by the idea. At least I was when Chad (@ochotex) sent me an email asking me if I wanted to run the #HITsm chat. I was surprised, but excited by the opportunity to help lead a community that I love so much.

Much to Chad’s chagrin (I think), it took me a couple weeks to decide if I wanted the responsibility of taking it over. I know that organizing Twitter chats is a lot of work. It’s really amazing what Erica, Michelle, Angela and Chad have done over almost 6 years of hosting approximately 280 #HITsm chats. That’s a body of work for which they can be extremely proud. I hope that Healthcare Scene can live up to that high standard.

As I thought through this decision, I thought back to the early days of #HITsm. It was such an extraordinary time of discovery and connection for everyone involved. I’d been on Twitter for ~4 years before #HITsm was started, but I don’t think I really understood the extreme value of Twitter until the #HITsm community came together. Indeed, the community was the most powerful part of the experience and that carried over to in person meetings at conferences. It’s amazing to think through the hundreds and thousands of people that I wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for the #HITsm chat. They make so many parts of healthcare IT better.

While I still think that discovering new connections is a great part of #HITsm, I also think it’s time to think about how to grow it beyond just discovering new and fascinating people and companies. What that will be, I don’t yet know. What I do know is that connecting deeply with smart, passionate people is a recipe for amazing results. Healthcare needs this kind of deep connection and collaboration and I think #HITsm is one platform that can help make that a reality.

My plan for #HITsm is to involve as many people as possible as I carry on the tradition that has already been laid. I’ve reached out to a number of community members who will help me curate topics and hosts for the chat and we’ll need the support of hundreds more as we work to take #HITsm to the next level. Plus, if you’re passionate about a topic we should be discussing on #HITsm or have other ideas on how to make the community better, let us know on our contact us page or on Twitter (@techguy or @healthcarescene). We’re open to new ideas and we’re not afraid to experiment with something new that could benefit the community.

With that in mind, the first #HITsm chat that will be hosted by Healthcare Scene will be on December 2nd and we’re going to explore the question “What’s next for #HITsm?” We hope you will all attend the chat and share your thoughts on how the #HITsm chat can provide more value to the community. If you’ve never participated in the #HITsm chat before, all you have to do is watch and tweet your thoughts using the #HITsm hashtag on Twitter every Friday at Noon ET (9 AM PT).

Here’s the full schedule of #HITsm chats through the end of the year:
11/18 – #HITsm Chat by Health Standards
Hosted by Chad Johnson (@OchoTex) and @HealthStandards

11/25 – No Chat – Happy Thanksgiving!

12/2 – What’s Next for #HITSM?
Hosted by John Lynn (@techguy) from Healthcare Scene

12/9 – Innovation in Customer Experience and Digital Health
Hosted by Steve Sisko (@ShimCode) from ShimCode.com

12/16 – Reputation Management
Hosted by Erika Johansen (@thegr8chalupa) from Splash Media

12/23 – No Chat – Happy Holidays!

12/30 – No Chat – Happy New Year!

We’ll be working over the next couple weeks and months to create a permanent home on the Healthcare Scene network for the #HITsm community. Give us a little time to get it all together and then we’ll do our best to continue to make it better over time.

We’re excited to be part of #HITsm and look forward to shepherding it as we enter the next phase of its evolution!

The Impact of the 2016 Election on Healthcare IT

Posted on November 9, 2016 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.

Today it’s pretty obvious that the Presidential is on everyone’s mind. While I don’t plan to discuss the details of the election and the specific results, it’s worth thinking about what Donald Trump in the white house will mean for healthcare IT.

Let’s start off with the easy one: Meaningful Use/MACRA. One doctor tweeted me that now that Trump is President, MACRA will be gone. I don’t think that’s further from the truth. In fact, I really can’t imagine any scenario where the EHR Incentive program (Meaningful Use, which still applies to hospitals and Medicaid) and the MACRA program would be gone. I think they’re here to stay and won’t be altered at all by this election.

The biggest reason for this belief is that Trump is going to have so many other things on the agenda. Not the least of which is ACA (Obamacare), which we’ll get to later in this post, but also a whole suite of other things that he’ll make a priority. Why would Trump want to take on a relatively bipartisan thing like healthcare IT, EHR and MACRA? I don’t think he’ll waste a second on the subject.

Plus, even if Trump wanted to go after the MACRA and EHR incentive legislation, I can’t imagine the Senate and House passing something to replace those programs either. Remember that Trump can propose all he wants, but the Senate and House have to pass it too and both of those groups seem to be firmly behind both efforts. Add this to the previous point and why would Trump go after health IT when it’s unlikely to pass and isn’t a strategic goal of his? Short Answer: He won’t.

My opinion: we’re unlikely to see any change to MACRA and other healthcare IT initiatives.

The trickier part to assess is the impact a Trump presidency will have on the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). I live in Vegas and I wouldn’t even want to offer odds on what’s going to happen there. The rhetoric out there is to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” What’s not clear to me is if this concept is even practical and possible. There are so many issues with the idea of repealing Obamacare, that I can’t imagine it ever happening. I could see parts of it being repealed, but not the whole thing.

I also think it would be seen as very unfavorable for Trump to roll back things like the pre-existing condition exemption that allows those with pre-existing conditions to get insurance. There are probably a dozen other things like this that would likely be hard to take back without some major backlash and so I think they’ll have to preserve many of these things in whatever they do with Obamacare. Maybe that means a full repeal, but then rolling back in some of the popular pieces of the legislation so they can say they repealed it.

All of this said, I think that Trump will evaluate all options to undermine many of the things that were implemented by Obamacare including the insurance mandate and the insurance exchanges. Most people don’t realize that there’s so much more to Obamacare than just the mandate and exchanges. How he’ll undermine Obamacare and the impact it will have is anybody’s guess. I’m not sure anyone really knows and it’s certainly beyond my political punditry.

Long story short on Obamacare, I have no idea. I know that something’s going to happen because of the strict “Rip and Replace” rhetoric. I just think it’s really hard to predict which parts they’ll be able to rip out at this point and what they’ll replace it with going forward.

No doubt this will keep many in healthcare on edge. Unknowns are always a challenge. While I think the Trump Presidency will likely have a big impact on healthcare, I don’t see it having a big impact for good or bad on healthcare IT. I think the path to healthcare IT is happening and he won’t do anything to really stop it.

Side Note: Check out this interesting lessons learned post by Mr. H at Histalk which talks about the challenge of relying on data. As healthcare enters the world of data in a big way, it’s important to make sure we have a good understanding of what the data really tells us and what it doesn’t.

The Most Interesting Things in Healthcare Are At the Intersections

Posted on October 31, 2016 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.

Today my mind is reeling from everything I’ve seen and heard over the past couple weeks as I’ve talked to literally hundreds of incredible people. I’m currently at the MGMA Annual conference in San Francisco and tomorrow I’ll head to the CHIME Fall Forum in Phoenix. This is the crazy fall health IT conference where I could go to a conference every day of the week and still not attend them all. They’re invigorating, but also overwhelming at times.

However, as I sit here processing everything I’ve heard, I’m reminded of something I once heard (sorry that I don’t remember who first said it) that seems even truer today:

The most interesting things in healthcare lie at the intersections.

It’s such a simple, but powerful idea. There are so many things happening in healthcare. Some improve the way an organization runs. Some improve the quality of the data we have in healthcare. Some make coders more efficient. Some provide new revenue streams. etc etc etc.

All of these are good things, but the most powerful thing is when technology and behavioral science or technology and new business models or technology and some other aspect of technology cross paths. In fact, some of the best innovations don’t even include technology, but the inclusion of technology in these lists is my own personal bias. The intersection of different fields is where the real magic is going to happen. It won’t be enough to just be technology.

With that in mind, where do you see the greatest intersections happening in healthcare? Where should they be happening more?

Getting the Right Information to Doctors and Patients at the Right Place and the Right Time

Posted on October 21, 2016 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.

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT) I’ll be hosting a live video interview with Denise Basow, MD, President and CEO of Clinical Effectiveness at Wolters Kluwer Health. We’ll be discussing how we can make sure that doctors and patients are getting the right information at the right place at the right time. This is an extremely big challenge, but this discussion should be particularly interesting thanks to Wolters Kluwer’s recent acquisition of Emmi.

The great part is that you can join my conversation live and even add your own comments to the discussion or ask your own questions. All you need to do to watch live is visit this blog post on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT) and watch the video embed at the bottom of this post or you can watch on YouTube directly. The conversation will be recorded as well and available on this post after the interview.
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We hope you’ll join us live using the video below or enjoy the recorded version of our conversation.


(To Ask Questions, visit the YouTube page)

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Lose Yourself by ZDoggMD – #unbreakhealthcare

Posted on October 14, 2016 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.

On most Friday’s we try to share something as part of our Fun Friday series of blog posts. This week we’re finally getting the chance to share the genius work of ZDoggMD. If you’ve read the site for a while, you certainly are familiar with the slightly funnier than placebo rappin’ doctor. In this video he takes on a parody of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”. He’s screaming through the lyrics in this one and it’s chalk full of interesting one liners about our current healthcare system. Lots to chew on in this video as we enter the weekend.