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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!

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!

Healthcare Podcasts – Do You Listen?

Posted on December 24, 2015 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.

Most of you know that I’ve started regularly doing a series of Healthcare Scene interviews. I have to tell you that it’s a lot of fun to sit down with really smart people and have them share their knowledge with the Healthcare Scene community. At the start of 2016, I’m planning to turn those interviews into the Healthcare Scene podcast. Thanks to the ubiquity of smart phones which provide easy access to podcasts and easier options for playing your cell phone through your car speakers, I see many more people subscribing to podcasts than did in the past.

Leading the Healthcare podcasting world is a group of 4 podcasters that now actually do a combined show as well which they call the Healthcare Podcasters. I couldn’t find a specific landing page for the Healthcare Podcasters because I think all 4 of the podcasters rotate who hosts the combined show and because it’s so new. I’ve attended a few of them and it’s always interesting to see how they’re trying to use the platform. You can see their latest episode here.

Here are the 4 podcasters that take part:

It’s interesting to see the mix. You can pretty much find a podcast on any topic that interests you these days. Some other great healthcare podcasts I’ve seen vary from The Change of Shift nursing podcast by Sean Dent to The Awesome DPC Doctor Show! podcast which talks about direct primary care. Jared Johnson created a list of a number of other healthcare podcasts too.

What do you think of all of these podcasts? Do you listen? Do you have others that you listen to and enjoy (healthcare related or not)?

I’d always been kind of down on podcasts, but as it’s become easy to get them on our wirelessly connected mobile devices I’ve become more of a fan. Between time in the car and exercise (which many are doing), you can really listen to a whole lot of audio content.

EHR Data Hostage Wouldn’t Exist if EHR Were Truly Interoperable

Posted on October 20, 2015 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 talking with Mario Hyland, Founder and Senior Vice President of AEGIS (or better known on social media as @interopguy), about various healthcare IT certifications and really a follow up discussion to our previous look at achieving continuous healthcare interoperability. Next month I’ll be launching the Healthcare Scene podcast and I’ve invited Mario to join me as a guest. So, more to come on EHR testing in the future.

However, as we were discussing my vision for what would be a “meaningful EHR certification” I suggested that it would be meaningful to doctors if an EHR vendor was certified as able to export all of the EHR data. It would be meaningful to doctors if an EHR vendor’s contract was certified to not hold EHR data hostage if a doctor chooses to go to another EHR. I think many EHR vendors would do it as a way to instill trust in the doctors who choose their EHR (Translation: We’re so certain you’ll love our EHR that we’ve made it possible for you to leave our EHR if you want to leave).

As I recounted this idea and others, Mario Hyland made a great observation: If EHR software were truly interoperable, an EHR vendor couldn’t hold a practice’s EHR data hostage.

Think about the concept. If there was true EHR interoperability, you could just buy a new EHR, connect it to your old EHR, and all the data would be available in the new EHR. We’re not even close to getting there yet, but the concept is right.

One challenge is that in practice, we’re only sharing a small subset of the data in the EHR. Even if we got the entire medical chart interoperable, there’s still a bunch of other data in an EHR that would be beneficial to retain. For example, things like audit logs from the old EHR might come in valuable if an old record comes under scrutiny in some legal case.

I still love the concept. I also think it’s one extra reason why we don’t see EHR vendors running towards interoperability. I only know a few EHR vendors that have enough trust in the EHR software they’ve built that they’d be ok building the functionality for their doctors to leave.

Happy New Year! 2014 EMR and HIPAA Stats Report

Posted on January 2, 2015 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.

Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope that everyone has had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Today I saw a tweet of my 2012 EMR and HIPAA Stats Report and I decided it would be fun to do the same report again for 2014. In fact, I should probably do this on all of the Healthcare Scene blogs each year. It would definitely tell a great story.

Here are some interesting stats I got from a report on EMR and HIPAA for 2014.

In 2014, we published 282 new posts on EMR and HIPAA, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,182 posts.

EMR and HIPAA was viewed about 1,600,000 times in 2014. The busiest day of the year was December 20th with 14,522 views.

I always find my list of top posts for 2014 ironic since they often are posts from previous years. However, you can see why the top posts are still interesting in 2014:
1. Windows XP Won’t Be HIPAA Compliant April 8, 2014
2. Crazy and Funny ICD-10 Codes
3. 2014 EHR Mandate
4. EHR Certification Flexibility Final Rule Commentary and Analysis
5. 6 Healthcare Incubators Growing the Future of HealthTech

I’m particularly proud of the Windows XP is a HIPAA violation post. It’s an important post since it could save a lot of organizations a lot of money in HIPAA penalties and the embarrassment of HIPAA violations.

EMR and HIPAA has had visitors from 185 countries in all, but the US is far and away the top readership. Thanks to the 2,028 views that came from Italy (sorry, I have an Italy bias addiction in case you didn’t know).

I hope you enjoyed the stats and thanks for reading! Here’s to a wonderful 2015!