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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!

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 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.

Happy New Year Health IT

Thanks to everyone for reading! Happy New Year! I hope each one of you has a prosperous and happy 2015. I’m planning to spend some time today thinking about 2015 and what I want to accomplish. So many opportunities and so little time. Time to make sure I’m heading in the right direction.

Thanks for all your support in 2014!

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 25, 2014 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 hope everyone’s enjoying their Christmas. Here’s a look into mine (with 2 of my beautiful children). Merry Christmas!

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6 Thanksgiving ICD-10 Codes

Posted on November 27, 2014 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 thought it fitting that AdvancedMD sent me 6 ICD-10 codes to be thankful for. Healthcare Humor…who doesn’t enjoy that? Happy Thanksgiving!

Y93.G3 Activity, Cooking and Baking
Ah, the turkey is roasting and the potatoes are boiling. And Cousin Carl just chopped the end of his finger off while preparing the veggie tray. He will earn this ICD-10 code, along with W26.0, Contact with Knife, to forever remember this year’s Thanksgiving…and that nasty scar.

W61.42 Struck by Turkey / W71.43 Pecked by Turkey / W61.49 Other Contact with Turkey
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey. If three is a terrible mishandling of dinner’s main dish, or if a still-flapping gobbler enacts revenge, ICD-10 has three codes that are perfect for the season’s avian-related incident.

W21.01 Struck by Football
Another Thanksgiving staple is the good ol’ American sport of football. Usually, unless there is cheering for opposing teams, televised football games are safe enough. But a well-intentioned family flag-football game can result in a quick trip to the emergency room.

R63.2 Polyphagia (Overeating)
Parrots aren’t the only ones to watch out for this season. If a vampire or zombie takes their costume a bit too seriously, this code will record the chomp.

Y04.0 Assault by Unarmed Brawl or Fight
Black Friday shopping has become just as much a part of Thanksgiving as stuffing and pumpkin pie. But this mass hysteria for great deals doesn’t come without risks—especially when there are two shoppers and only one great bargain up for grabs. Get your extreme shopping skills up to snuff or Y04.0 and Y92.59, Other trade areas (mall) as the place of occurrence of external cause, may be jotted in your electronic health records.

W21.01 Lack of Adequate Sleep
No matter how we choose to celebrate Thanksgiving, few of us escape the meal prep, early morning shopping and family togetherness without a mild case of exhaustion. For those who try to do it all, there is an ICD-10 code for that.

Now I’m off to recover from my W21.01 and R63.2. Although, let me tell you, I had one of my best Turkey Bowl days ever. So much fun! Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Happy Veteran’s Day

Posted on November 11, 2014 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, I wanted to take a moment to remember the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us. I recently read an article that talked about how we use to celebrate the WWII veteran’s when they would return from war. They talked about the glorious welcome home that each of these veterans would receive. Then, they discussed how our current veterans don’t seem to get the same welcome home as those WWII veterans did. They suggested that it was because our current military is a volunteer force whereas many WWII military were drafted.

I think this is true to some extent and it’s unfortunate. Certainly our current volunteer military deserves as much support and praise as those who were drafted to go to war. Hopefully on this Veteran’s Day we can all take a little time to think about this and support those people who literally risk life and limb to keep our country free. That’s worthy of support and celebration.

I know that so many in healthcare are Veteran’s. At the recent CHIME Fall Forum the big party was a full on rodeo at this amazing ranch in Texas. At one point during the rodeo the announcer honored the military veterans and asked that they all stand up to be recognized. I was impressed by the number of people who stood up. They fought the war for our country and now they’re fighting the war for patients. That’s definitely worthy of our honor and respect.

Veteran's Day

Happy Halloween!

Posted on October 31, 2014 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 just getting back from a week full of MGMA and CHIME. I’m in full recovery mode as I head off to trick or treating with my children. Looks like many others in healthcare IT are doing the same:


I wish this included a picture.


CMS loves to do this on holidays.

And this is what I have to look forward to tonight (Aren’t they cute?):
Healthcare Scene Kids

Dishonesty Ruins So Many Things

Posted on September 5, 2014 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 always struck by this simple concept: Dishonesty make so many things more difficult than they should be.

We see this all over healthcare. Look for example at patient privacy and security. If people were just honest and thoughtful with patient data, our privacy and security challenges would be so much simpler. Imagine how much time and heartache we’d save if people were just honest when it comes to privacy and security. Yes, I’m looking at the million of hackers that are trying to take people’s personal information. Imagine if we could focus all the money and time we spend securing applications and apply it to improving healthcare. What a difference that would make.

The same could be said for reimbursement. Our reimbursement system would look drastically different if people were just honest. Yes, I’m talking about the billions of dollars of Medicare and other insurance fraud that’s out there. What a sad expense on our current healthcare system as dishonest people try and make a quick buck. While that expense is large, the even larger cost to our healthcare system is the toll that fraud adds to the honest actors.

Look at our current model of reimbursement for healthcare. So much of our insane documentation efforts are tied to the fact that insurance companies are trying to combat fraud. They don’t and can’t trust providers billing levels and so they’ve created layer and layer of requirements that makes the healthcare documentation process miserable. If you don’t agree with me, then you aren’t someone that’s involved in healthcare reimbursement.

This expense gets passed on to the employer and patients as well. Have you ever tried to make sense of the bill or statement of benefits coming from your doctor or insurance company? It’s like trying to make sense of a new language. It doesn’t make sense since you as a patient don’t know that language. Are they screwing you over in what they’re billing you or not? You don’t know either way and good luck trying to find out the answer. The person on the other end of the phone likely isn’t sure either because it’s so complex.

I first learned this principle in the credit card world. Why on earth do we pay 3+% of every transaction we do on our credit card. The answer is simple. Credit card fraud (otherwise known as dishonesty) is rampant and why credit card transactions cost so much. Imagine a world where the doctor wasn’t giving 3% of their business to process a credit card transaction since the cost to change digital digits should be nothing.

Unfortunately, the reality is we do live in a world with a lot of dishonest people who try and game anything and everything. We have to pay attention to security and privacy with these dishonest people in mind. We have to deal with insane reimbursement requirements as these payers try and combat fraud. We have to deal with credit card fraud and pay for it in the process.

It’s unfortunate, because dishonesty almost always catches up with people. Even when we think it doesn’t, dishonesty pays its own toll on a person as they can never be comfortable. Having a clear, honest conscious is one of the most beautiful things in life.

What Can We Learn from Robin Williams

Posted on August 12, 2014 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.

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I’ll guarantee you’ll win.” – Robin Williams

One of the best quotes from the amazing movie Patch Adams. Maybe it was naive of me, but when I got my first job in healthcare I thought a lot about the movie Patch Adams. Besides being a great movie, it illustrated so well the impact great healthcare can have on people’s lives.

I realize that as an IT person I only have a tangential impact on patients, but that’s ok with me. I still know the impact I can have on many people’s lives and that’s exciting to me. Sitting in board rooms or IT offices, we could use more people thinking about the patient and not just the bottom line. I think that’s the message of Patch Adams that’s portrayed so well by Robin Williams.

Here’s another clip from one of my favorite Robin William’s movies: Read more..

Building Trusting Relationships

Posted on August 1, 2014 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.

Tonight is my final night in Utah after spending the month of July here. As most of you know, I live in Las Vegas (technically Henderson for those stalking me at home), but my wife and I have started a tradition where we “move” somewhere each summer to avoid the heat and give our kids (4 for those counting) a new experience. I call it “moving” somewhere since I’m still working most of the time. Certainly one of the beauties of being a blogger is that I can work anywhere I have an internet connection. It’s basically the same. I imagine most of you who read this blog regularly didn’t even know.

While in Utah I’ve had a chance to do a number of work meetings. It’s really quite amazing how many healthcare IT companies call Utah home. Each day I’d think of another company that I could have gone and visited while I was here (sorry to those I didn’t see).

Seeing other companies in person is always enlightening. However, as I get ready to head home tomorrow I was struck by something even more powerful. Since Utah isn’t a hot bed of tourist travel like Hawaii was last year, it was super expensive to try and rent a place for a month in Utah. So, I turned to Facebook and asked if anyone knew of a place to stay in Utah for the month of July. The amazing power of social media turned up a number of options.

The best option turned out to be a lady I’d met in Italy (although she’s from Utah) about 14 years ago. I believe I’d only seen her once since about 13 years ago. Long story short, she was going to California and would be happy to have us stay in her place. It’s worked out great for her (she made money on her house that would have otherwise been empty) and us.

What’s this have to do with healthcare IT? Maybe nothing. However, beyond the power of social media I mentioned above, there’s also something really interesting and powerful about building trusting relationships.

When I think about the people I’ve met in the four years I’ve been blogging about EHR and Healthcare IT full time (the blog officially started 9.5 years ago), I’m starting to see how so many of those relationships are paying off in ways I’d never have expected. Maybe it was just drinks at a HIMSS event or a Twitter exchange with someone interesting. Now think about the thousands of people I’ve met at events or interacted with on social media. It creates a powerful network effect that’s hard to fathom.

I would just offer one piece of advice that I try to live by (and sometimes fail despite the effort). Build true relationships with a give before you get approach. Don’t make every relationship you have transactional. Instead, give freely to many people with no expectation of a specific return from a specific person. This is not altruistic giving. You fully expect that all this giving will provide you a return, but not in a pure transactional sense. You have no idea how and who will provide the return, but you will reap the benefits of all the giving. (Note: I learned this concept from Brad Feld, and it’s great.)

I guess the morale of the story is to build great relationships with people and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Happy Memorial Day!

Posted on May 26, 2014 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.

Every Memorial Day my memories are brought back to family and freedom. I’ve written before about my brother who is in the Air Force. I’m so grateful for his and so many other military people’s sacrifice so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy. It’s sad to think that in some countries a blog like this couldn’t exist. Agree with me or not, it’s so important that we can all have different views and share them publicly. Plus, the best thing about bringing people together with differing views is that this type of discussion and collaboration usually breeds respect. We may still not agree, but at least we can learn to respect the other person’s view.

I know there’s a lot of news lately about the VA waitlist. I haven’t dug into all the details, so I can’t really comment on it either way. Although, if it helps us to make sure that the Veterans who serve the country get the healthcare they deserve, then I guess I’ll be happy with that result.

Regardless of how you celebrate today and why you celebrate, I hope you’ve had a wonderful day and could enjoy some time with family and friends.