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Happy 4th of July

Posted on July 4, 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.

EMR and HIPAA - 4th of July

I’m taking a break today and spending some time with family. I hope you’re doing the same. Despite the craziness that we see on the news every day, I still feel lucky to live in an extraordinary country. Having lived in a number of other countries, it gives me a great appreciation for the things we do have. It’s too bad the media seems to focus so much effort and energy on the things that divide us.

A big thank you to all those in the healthcare profession that are working on this day. I can only imagine the horrors that come from fireworks on this holiday. Thanks for taking care of us even on holidays.

Over 2500 EMR and HIPAA Blog Posts

Posted on April 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.

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.

President’s Day – The Value of Humility

Posted on February 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.

Last year I started the tradition of posting some presidential quotes that I found interesting as a way to honor President’s Day in the US. I’ll keep that tradition alive with the quote below:
Truman Quote

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 1, 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’m taking the day off here at EMR and HIPAA. However, over on EMR and EHR I wrote a post that looks at My Optimism for Healthcare IT in 2016. Start off your New Year the right way and go and read and comment on that post. There’s a lot to dislike about what’s happening in healthcare, but there’s a lot of great things happening too.

Happy New Year

Holiday Message

Posted on December 25, 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.

“The more you give away, the more you receive. You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”-Thomas Monson

I thought this was the perfect message for me on Christmas day. I hope that you enjoy it as well. I asked some kids I know what they were planning to give for Christmas. They missed the nuance in the question and started telling me what they wanted. I was surprised how much effort it took them to answer my original question. Of course, as I’ve taken my kids to shop for Christmas, they kept giving me ideas and at least a dozen times I asked them, “Is that something for your mom or something for you?” Hopefully all of this will help my children learn the concept of giving so they make a wonderful life.

Merry Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 26, 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.

Today is a day of real gratitude for me. I love Thanksgiving and the time to enjoy family and taking time out to be grateful for all the many blessings in my life. One of my greatest blessings is to be a full time blogger. I feel so lucky to be able to do something as amazing and impactful as blogging. Of course, I couldn’t live this dream if it weren’t for you the reader. So, I’m really grateful to so many of you who have supported my blogs for so long even with all my frailties and mistakes. Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Five orange pumpkins sit in a row in front of a distressed, wooden background.

Happy Labor Day!

Posted on September 7, 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 must admit that I know very little of the history of Labor Day. Unlike Memorial Day or Fourth of July, I’ve never really celebrated anything special on Labor Day. It was just a day off school. Although, I found this page outlining Labor Day and it has a much richer history than I think most of us appreciate. I’m not sure that’s really going to change. Plus, it use to kind of mark the start of Football season, but that’s no longer the case since we had a full weekend of football already.

I think most of these holidays are somewhat sore points in many healthcare organizations since many healthcare workers are still at work. You can’t really shut down a hospital for the holiday. I’ve heard of all the competition there is to get holidays off. So, on these holidays I always take a moment to think about all the dedicated healthcare professionals that are still working to provide amazing care for patients.

On this Labor Day I’m thinking of the value of work. It’s something I’m trying to instill in my kids. It’s something I love. My wife was talking to some of our friends about me and the work I do and one of them said, “John will never stop working. If he finishes one project, he’ll be starting up the next project.” I think they’re right. I love working on stuff and I can’t imagine I’ll ever stop. The only thing that might change is what I’ll work on.

Over the past 10 years blogging, I’ve realized that I love creating things. I’m still amazed that a nobody in Las Vegas (that’s me) could build a blog network like I’ve done with Healthcare Scene that reaches so many people. Some people would look at the 8000+ blog posts that have been done on the network and think that’s a lot of work. I guess it kind of is, but I don’t look at it that way. Looking back the numbers surprise me too since it certainly hasn’t felt like that much work. I realize I’ve been given the gift of finding joy in monotonous and mundane things. Not to mention a bullheaded determination to finish something I’ve started.

I’m kind of rambling, but that’s what I love about posts on Holidays. Long story short, I never see myself stopping as a blogger. It’s too much fun to make a difference in people’s lives. Plus, it’s now just a part of who I am. Hopefully you’ll keep reading and supporting what we do for as long as we do it. Plus, I’m really excited to see where we take all the things we’ve started doing with Periscope, Blabs, YouTube/G+ Hangouts and podcasts.

Happy Labor Day!

Breaking Bad And HIT: Some Thoughts for Healthcare

Posted on June 2, 2015 I Written By

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

Recently, I’ve been re-watching the blockbuster TV series hit “Breaking Bad” courtesy of Netflix. For those who haven’t seen it, the show traces the descent of a seemingly honest plain-Joe suburbanite from high school chemistry teacher to murderous king of a multi-state crystal meth business, all kicked off by his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer.

As the show clearly intends, it has me musing once again on how an educated guy with a family and a previously crime-free life can compromise everything that once mattered to him and ultimately, destroy nearly everything he loves.

And that, given that I write for this audience, had me thinking just as deeply what turns ordinary healthcare workers into cybercriminals who ruthlessly exploit people’s privacy and put their financial survival at risk by selling the data under their control.

Sure, some of data stealing is done by black-hat hackers who crack healthcare networks and mine them for data at the behest of organized crime groups. But then there’s the surprises. Like the show’s central character, Walter White, some healthcare cybercriminals seem to come out of the blue, relative “nobodies” with no history as gangsters or thieves who suddenly find a way to rationalize stealing data.

I’d bet that if you dug into the histories of those healthcare employees who “break bad” you’d find that they have a few of the following characteristics in common:

*  Feeling underappreciated:  Like Walter White, whose lowly chemistry-teacher job was far below his abilities, data-stealing employees may feel that their talents aren’t appreciated and that they’ll never “make it” via a legitimate path.

* Having a palatable excuse:  Breaking Bad’s dying anti-hero was able to rationalize his behavior by telling himself that he was doing what he did to protect his family’s future well-being. Rogue employees who sell data to the highest bidder may believe that they’re committing a victimless crime, or that they deserve the extra income to make up for a below-market salary.

Willful ignorance:  Not once, during the entire run of BB, does White stop and wonder (out loud at least) what harm his flood of crystal meth is doing to its users. While it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out how people could be harmed by having their medical privacy violated — or especially, having their financial data abused — some healthcare workers will just choose not to think about it

Greed:  No need to explain this one — though people may restrain naturally greedy impulses if the other factors listed above aren’t present. You can’t really screen for it, sadly, despite the damage it can do.

So do you have employees in your facilities on the verge of breaking bad and betraying the trust their stewardship of healthcare data conveys? Taking a look around for bitter, dissatisfied types might be worth a try.

Happy Memorial Day!

Posted on May 25, 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.

In the US, today is Memorial Day. It’s a bit ironic that I’m writing about Memorial Day in the US while I’m teaching an EHR workshop in Dubai. While I love international travel, experiencing other cultures and meeting people with different perspectives, the travel also reminds me how lucky I am to live where I live and do what I do. There are a lot of amazing people who have lost their lives in order for that to be possible for me. I’m thinking about that this Memorial Day.

This never hit home more to me than when I saw this Memorial Day post by Dr. Nick. It included the following image:
Memorial Day Image

I’ll admit that the image is a bit shocking and heart wrenching for me to look at. Although, I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing. It’s important to remember the amazing warriors who have fought for our freedom throughout the years. Happy Memorial Day everyone!

The Newest Company to Take on Healthcare IT

Posted on April 1, 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.

We’ve been working on this for years, and it’s now finally come together just in time for HIMSS 2015. However, we couldn’t wait to announce it. This new company is the coming together of the top leaders in healthcare social media. Imagine if the #HIT100 all worked for one company. That’s basically what we’ve put together in this new healthcare IT company.

This new Healthcare IT company can cover any of your healthcare IT needs. For example, what kind of healthcare social media dream team would it be if we didn’t have @MandiBPro working with us. She’s the lead data geek, but her official title is Mythical Unicorn #1. If you need an XML schema merge, she’s your gal. However, what would a data geek be without a well thought out workflow? For all your healthcare workflow needs we’ve brought in @wareFLO. He’s ready and willing to solve all of your workflow challenges. No seriously. @wareFLO puts himself to sleep at night by counting the workflows.

I won’t go into all the details of who’s doing what at this new company, but here’s a quick look at some of the amazing people, titles, and skills we’ve brought together to satisfy all your needs:
@HealthcareWen – Chief of the Tweets
@2healthguru – Making You Look Good on Camera
@drnic1 – Resident CMO
@michnoteboom – Inga the Storyteller
@techguy – Chief Whipping Boy
@CariMclean – Lead Meme Creator (also lead Ballerina)
@john_chilmark – Head of Snark and Reality Checks
@Brad_Justus – ICD-10 Whisperer (He starts October 1st)
@HLSgirl – Rapper Queen B (see this..nuff said)
@sarahbennight – Chief Happiness Officer
@Greg_Meyer93 – Push Up Challenge Coordinator
@FarzadsBowtie – Chief Style Coordinator (HIT Never looked so good)
@askjoyrios – Customer Service Master (Could she ever be mean? Answer: NO! That’s why she handles the customers.)
@Colin_Hung – International Lead (Assuming you consider Canada international)
@HITConfGuy – Chief Health IT Conference Coordinator
@laurencstill – Chief Useless (but necessary) Documentation Creator

You might be asking yourself, who’s the leader of this group of healthcare IT social media misfits? The answer is simple: no one. We believe in the principles of Holocracy and so there’s no need for a specific leader. We all just do our work and everyone’s happy. Sounds nice doesn’t it?

I’m sure you’re all thinking to yourself, how do I get a job at this new company? I want to work with this amazing cornucopia of people! We’ll be hiring healthcare IT professionals soon.

Without further ado, I’m excited to officially announce the launch of #FoolHIT. If there’s an HIT problem, Yo, we’ll solve it. Check out our social stats while my Hootsuite revolves it. HIT HIT Baby…To Go…HIT HIT Baby To Go To go. (Yes, that’s our theme song.)

We’ll see if the company lasts until tomorrow.

UPDATE: I think this is pretty apparent, but just in case…this was just an April Fool’s Day post. Although, how fun would it be to work with all these amazing people?