I use to celebrate these milestones a lot more. Like any company, as you grow you forget to celebrate things. Not because you don’t care anymore, but because you’re not quite as hyper focused on the growth of your website. It’s too bad since it’s fun to celebrate.
With that in mind, I just realized that EMR and HIPAA hit a milestone of sorts: 2500 blog posts. Here’s the official numbers as of the writing of this blog post:
- 2505 blog posts (this will be blog post #2506)
- 16 official blog authors (many more guest bloggers)
- 2070 blog posts written by Me
- 10,215 comments
- 1,456,541 spam comments blocked
- 11,606,850 pageviews
For those keeping track at home, the full Healthcare Scene blog network just reached 9,884 blog posts. We’re going to have to plan an amazing celebration when we reach 10,000 blog posts!
When I first started EMR and HIPAA back in December 2005, I never thought I’d become a professional blogger. Even when I quit my day job April 1, 2010, I didn’t really think I’d be a full time blogger either. I quit to do my own startup company. However, the blogs kept growing and I was lucky to make blogging my profession.
I consider myself lucky to have ridden the wave of meaningful use incentive money for EHR. No one can argue that meaningful use didn’t push adoption of EHRs forward at an incredible rate. We’re now going to spend the next decade figuring out how to leverage all that data to benefit patients.
There’s plenty of challenges in healthcare, but there are plenty of opportunities as well. I still wake up every day excited to see what I’ll discover and how IT can impact a healthcare organization for good. Sure, it’s challenging when I see poorly thought out and poorly implemented EHR and health IT solutions harming an organization. It’s also frustrating to see some of the crazy things that we expect from healthcare. The double standards are brutal. However, the people inside healthcare more than make up for it’s ugly policies and perverse incentives.
This weekend at the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference Shahid Shah asked the audience if they’ve ever seen a more dramatic change in healthcare IT than we’ve seen in the past 5 years. The audience agreed that we’d seen really dramatic changes. Shahid then suggested that the next 5 years are going to make the previous 5 years look like nothing.
I’m excited that EMR and HIPAA will be along for the ride covering what’s interesting, new, unique, and innovative in healthcare IT. Plus, we’ll never forget to offer the practical, useful, and entertaining as well.
Thanks to all of you who have read EMR and HIPAA over the years and for those who have sponsored us as well. We feel lucky to be part of such an extraordinary industry that really can impact people’s lives for good.