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New Reality TV Show to Follow ONC Leadership

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The past six months have been really amazing here at Healthcare Scene. In October, we acquired Healthcare IT Central and associated health IT career resources and next week we’ll be hosting the first ever Health IT Marketing and PR Conference. While these are two major milestones for Healthcare Scene, we’re not stopping there. We have ambitious plans to really bring healthcare IT to the masses.

What many people who read this site don’t know is that along with my healthcare IT blog network, I also have a reality TV blog network that covers TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and America’s Got Talent to name a few. Considering my passion for both healthcare IT and reality TV, I figured it would only be a matter of time until those two passions would be brought together.

I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be the Executive Producer of a new Health IT reality TV show that covers the inner workings of healthcare IT from the perspective of those working at ONC. Where possible, cameras will be following around the ONC leadership providing people an insight into things like meaningful use, RECs, ACOs, and ICD-10. The working name for the show is, “Under the Covers with ONC.” We start taping next week.

I want to applaud new ONC head, Karen DeSalvo, for really taking health IT to the next level with this show. It’s about time those people working so hard on something as important as health IT finally get some recognition. What better way to do this than to do a reality TV show?

Imagine how exciting it will be to see video of Karen DeSalvo tweeting “Call into the #HIT Standards Committee’s virtual meeting here: 1-877-705-6006.” Imagine how you’d feel watching the TV show if you were on the same call. You could say you were there. I wish we’d been filming when Karen DeSalvo Retweeted, “Hey, Tweeps, thanks for reading our workforce blog post. We have had more than 1090 readers so far!” Can you imagine the excitement of the moment? Now we’ll be able to share those type of moments with everyone.

Doug Fridsma, Chief Science Officer at ONC, commented on the show, “I can’t wait for people to finally see me get down and roll around with those healthcare standards. Who wouldn’t want to watch me work through the S&I framework?”

Some people have expressed concern that we won’t be covering their favorite government health IT project. To those people I say, go and create your own reality TV show. If I can do it, you can too. You may start by reaching out to Kathleen Sebelius who is supportive of this project but noted, “Good things the cameras weren’t rolling when we heard that Congress had slipped another ICD-10 delay into the SGR bill.” I think secretly, Sebelius is just jealous that Obama didn’t invite her to take part in his Between Two Ferns interview.

We reached out to Farzad Mostashari, Former ONC National Coordinator, to get his thoughts on the new ONC reality TV show. He replied, “I’ve been preaching for years that my hard working colleagues at ONC deserved more credit for the work they do. I just hope the show doesn’t get caught up in the petty discussions over whether it should have been blue button or purple button and instead focuses on things of substance like whether ICD-10, MU, etc are the ‘perfect storm’ of regulation or if it was more like a perfect earthquake.” I think we can all agree that it’s unfortunate we didn’t get this in place while Farzad was coordinator. His bow tie would have looked so great on camera.

We’ll be holding a special screening of the TV show at Health Datapalooza in June. I can already feel the energy and excitement of that screening with so many HIT Nerds present to see health IT reality TV. We’ll have a special area at the event where you can take a selfie with all your favorite ONC health IT heroes. Just get in line early. I’m pretty sure the Farzad line is going to be long. Can you imagine how many retweets you’d get if you got a selfie with two ONC Coordinators at once? I can’t wait to see you there.

UPDATE: For those who didn’t notice, this was an April Fool’s joke. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

April 1, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

9 Million EMR and HIPAA Pageviews – Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I hope you’ll indulge me for a moment as I get a bit nostalgic. Yesterday, EMR and HIPAA just passed the 9 million pageview mark. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed! When I look at that number, I really can’t quite process what it means. When I first started blogging, I would track and celebrate my blogging traffic milestones pretty regularly. I don’t do it much anymore, but 9 million seemed worth of a few moments to reminisce.

On May 5, 2006, I celebrated reaching 30,000 EMR visitors. I described myself as thrilled, and I assure you that I was incredibly thrilled that so many people were reading my blog. How ironic that I said, “It’s amazing to me that I have gone from 0 to 30,000 so fast.” Maybe that’s why I’m utterly amazed to think that what initially took me 5 months of blogging, I now do in a week. The last line of the post really strikes me, “Who would have thought I’d love EMR so much?” That still rings true 8 years and thousands of MR posts later. I do love EMR.

I still feel the same gratitude for readers that I expressed in that post as well. I really can’t think about it too much without getting a little choked up. I often tell people that I don’t consider what I do work, because I love it so much. Hearing from readers who’ve found my blog posts valuable is a wonderful feeling that I hope to have for the rest of my life.

I’m also lucky to work with such amazing, talented, and wonderful writers. Everyone always asks me how I manage 15 blogs. My answer is always simple: “I have a lot of help from a lot of great writers.” I consider all of my writers not only my colleagues, but my friends. If you want to know why I love HIMSS so much, it’s because I get to be with and learn from my fellow bloggers and readers.

I’m excited to see where Healthcare Scene will go next. It’s been incredibly fun and exciting for me to integrate Healthcare IT Central into the Healthcare Scene network. Working with Gwen on that has been a wonderful experience and I’m lucky to have someone so great on my team. I’ve been inspired by the support everyone’s given me as I’ve organized the inaugural Health IT Marketing and PR Conference. I can’t wait to see everyone in Las Vegas.

Finally, thank you to some really amazing advertisers who have supported the work we do here for many years. I never thought I’d be a blogger when I grew up. I never thought I’d be a full time blogger, but I sure glad I am. I really appreciate all the advertisers who’ve made it possible. I hope we can continue to deliver great results for them.

Now for some fun EMR and HIPAA stats for those still reading:

  • 9,008,190 pageviews
  • 4,768 daily email subscribers
  • 1,926 blog posts
  • 8,875 comments
  • 11 bloggers (not counting some amazing guest bloggers)

Now, on to the next 9 million!

February 14, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

Merry Christmas!

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In case you missed it, you can read my post on Holiday Greetings and Merry Christmas. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few pictures from my Christmas. If you don’t care for family pictures, then you’re welcome to delete this email, close your browser, etc and we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled EMR and HIPAA programming tomorrow.

I thought this captured our Christmas the best. It’s kind of become a tradition for us on Christmas Eve to take a crazy picture. The best part is that we didn’t event coordinate it. We just said go crazy and this was what came out. Love it!
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We also went to ride the Polar Express train in Williams, AZ, about an hour from the Grand Canyon. It was my first time going to the Grand Canyon. How spectacular! The polar express was awesome too. The highlight for me was dancing to Jingle Bell Rock on the train with my daughter.
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Then, here’s our official Christmas picture. Yeah, now I’m just showing off my cute kids and wife. Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.

Back to the grind tomorrow. Lots to think about as we end this year. More on that to come.

December 25, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

Giving Thanks

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Last week I did a #HITThanks post as part of the move to show some gratitude for all the great things that are happening in healthcare IT. Jennifer Dennard also followed up with her post talking about being thankful for Patient Portals. However, the thing I’m most thankful for are all the readers and supporters of this site. I sometimes find myself shaking with joy as I think how lucky I am that I make a living as a blogger. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for all of you. So, a big heartfelt thank you to all of you.

I’m also really thankful to be embarking on the new journey after adding Healthcare IT Central to the Healthcare Scene family. It’s a really exciting time for me to see the bond between the two websites grow. I think we’re in for a really special ride and I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to see it first hand.

I hope everyone has a great day today. I know I’ll be enjoying some time with family, amazing food, and football.

November 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

Happy Fourth of July

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I know not all those that read this site are in the US, but I and many readers do. So, to those of you who are celebrating this day like me, Happy Fourth of July. Mine unfortunately started out with rain which cancelled our traditional Fourth of July hike to one of my favorite places in the world. Although, I must admit that the idea of doing this somewhat difficult hike is getting harder to consider as I get older. It was definitely mixed emotions when it was cancelled since my family has been doing the hike since my mom was a little girl. So, I like to carry on traditions.

In fact, the same is true with my blogs. I’m a creature of habit and I love traditions. You’ve probably seen this in what I write. There’s something really valuable about having traditions. The first couple years don’t have as much meaning, but 5 and 10 years it’s always fun to look back. Of course, I’m also not against getting rid of traditions that don’t serve a purpose. You keep doing it as long as you enjoy it. Otherwise, you cut it out and create new traditions.

I was having a conversation a couple days ago about the work I do. As most mother’s do, she was complimenting me on how smart and talented I am. No wonder I love her so much. Although, after the compliment she said, “I’m really glad you’re working in healthcare and not some other industry.” She was glad that I was in an industry that could provide real value to those who use it (which is everyone). Hopefully that I do indeed have an impact for good on healthcare. That’s definitely my goal and has been since I started working in the industry.

In fact, I think we should all be grateful that we’re able to work in an industry that can literally save lives. That can’t be said for a lot of industries. So, I feel really blessed to be able to work in healthcare. Plus, I love that I live in a country where there are such things as freedom of press. I don’t have to worry that some government entity will be angry if I post my thoughts and opinions. That’s a beautiful thing and something I often take for granted.

Plus, each of these holidays I’m always aware of all the wonderful healthcare professionals who are spending their holiday at work. My heart goes out to you and your family for the sacrifices you make for those who will be in need of your care today. I hope that all goes well with the fireworks and I won’t need your services today.

Regardless of where you are today, let’s all take a moment to be grateful we work in healthcare and can impact many people’s lives for good.

July 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

Memorial Day Tribute

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Today I took my two older kids (9 and 6) to the store with me to pick up a few things for Memorial Day. When we walked into the store an older couple was sitting at the door collecting donations for veterans. I have a soft spot in my heart for veterans and the couple was so cute that on the way out I gave my kids some money to give to the couple. Plus, I figured it was a great lesson for my children and they loved it.

In fact, my daughter loved it so much so that she darted out of the store to make the donation. When I got there the lady was asking my children if they knew where the money was going. My son (9) replied that it was to a charity. The lady responded, “Yes, it was kind of a charity, but one for veterans. Do you know what a veteran is?” My son responded, “People in the military.” The lady then asked, “What do veterans do?”

At this point I’m on the edge wondering how my son might reply. He then responded, “The fight for Freedom.” I’m sure I was beaming after that response. I was really proud of him.

So on this Memorial Day I’m happy to honor and remember those veterans who fight for our freedom.

May 27, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

The Rise Of mHealth And EHR Use, And The World Of Telehealth – Around Healthcare Scene

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mHealth is on the rise, and it looks like usage of smart phones among physicians is following that same trend. A recent study shows that usage rose about nine percent in 2012, which shows that it is becoming more accepted in the medical world. It will be interesting to see if it increases even more this year (I have a feeling it might.)

Similar to the increase in doctors using smartphones, there has been a jump in EMR and HIE use as well. A survey from Accenture found that over 90 percent of doctors are using an EMR in either their practice or at a hospital, and over 50 percent are using an HIE. This increase was highest among doctors in the United States. Be sure to read more of the interesting facts this survey found about EMR and HIE use in the U.S., and around the world.

Even though 90 percent of doctors are using an EMR at one point or another, only about 55 percent have actually adopted an EHR into their practice. It can be nerve-racking trying to find the perfect EHR. If you are finding yourself at that crossroad, be sure to read these five tips from ADP AdvancedMD on how to have a successful EHR implementation.

Still, some of you may be hesitant to implement an EHR. You may ask, is it worth it? Does it takeaway from healthcare? There is debate from both sides, each with compelling arguments. John believes that technology is overall positive in any industry, and discusses his thoughts, and some of the challenges that faces the industry.

Telehealth and medicine is so huge, it can be hard to digest. Neil Versel recently attended the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference in Austin, Texas, and saw just how huge this market was. Be sure to check out this video he created from his experience, and to perhaps get a better idea about the many types of telehealth. Similar to the increase in doctors using smartphones, there has been a jump in EMR and HIE use as well. A survey from Accenture found that over 90 percent of doctors are using an EMR in either their practice or at a hospital, and over 50 percent are using an HIE. This increase was highest among doctors in the United States. Be sure to read more of the interesting facts this survey found about EMR and HIE use in the U.S., and around the world.

With summer quickly approaching, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. But if you need a little reminder, be sure to look into the Jomi Band.  It gives you warnings when you might be on the brink of dehydration, and makes it easy to keep track of how much water you’ve consumed in a day’s time.

May 12, 2013 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Continuous Inspiration, Training, and Improvement

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Today, I’m about ready to embark on a fun experience. No, I’m not heading to TEDMED or HIMSS or some other conference chalk full of inspiration, training, and improvement. Instead of me leaving somewhere, my wife is heading off with her two best girlfriends to a Women’s Conference which should be an amazing mix of practical, spiritual, and inspirational.

I’m really excited for her to have the opportunity that I get regularly to improve myself and expand my mind. My wife is a brave stay at home mom. She does a tremendous job raising our four children. However, as any stay at home mom can attest, sometimes you need to get out, have conversations with adults, and be something other than mom. I’m excited for the renewal that she’s sure to find from attending this Women’s Conference.

As I ponder on the experience my wife is about to have, I think many in the EHR and healthcare IT world need something very similar. Far too often we get overwhelmed by the little day to day heartache of using an EMR. The EMR that “never works” can be a real drag. The EHR popup message that does’t make any sense. The annoying extra click in your EMR. Even just the tedious repetition of documentation. All of these things are little until you deal with them day after day and patient after patient. Sounds a bit like a mother having to feed the children, pickup the toys, brush the hair, etc over and over again. Individually it’s nothing, but taken together can be overwhelming.

One of the best ways to deal with what I’ll call EMR depression is to have regular opportunities for inspiration, training and improvement. One method to deal with it can be regular meetings focused not on the challenges of EMR, but instead on the ways EMR can make your life and patients’ lives better. You can share stories of EMR success and even possible lives saved. It’s not unlike me sitting down with my wife discussing the beautiful things our children do. It’s so easy to focus on the negative that we often forget to talk about the positive.

Another way is to head to a conference that will inspire you about what’s possible. It’s amazing what an inspiring speaker can do to change how you enjoy your work. Sure, it’s great to go to a session talking about the tactical details of meaningful use. However, you also want to make time to hear from someone like Dr. Jen Brull who can tell you her practical approach to improving the health of her patients. There’s nothing more inspiring than hearing her story and then seeing the face of the patient whose life she saved. There’s a time for tactical, but it can’t crowd out the inspirational. In some cases you can even get both. I hope that’s what happens for my wife this week.

Yes, for those reading between the lines, my wife attending this conference means for the next 5 days I’m going to be home alone caring for my 4 children (age 9 months to 9 years). A daunting task for anybody. However, it turns out the next 5 days with my children will be the best form of inspiration for me. In my whirlwind life of blog posts, tweets, conferences, emails, comments, interviews, and meetings, my best inspiration to do what I do can be the innocent laugh of my 9 month old, the funny phrases of my 3 year old, the inquisitive questioning of my 6 year old, and the creativity of my 9 year old. Yes, inspiration is all around us if we take the time to be inspired.

May 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

Boston Marathon Tragedy

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As most of you know, I’m in the thick of the insane TEDMED experience (Yes the schedule goes from 6 AM to Midnight and a Free Live stream is available here). However, I didn’t want to keep going forward with at least acknowledging what happened at the Boston Marathon. I don’t have a lot to say about it specifically, but it felt wrong to keep publishing without some comment on the tragedy of what happened.

I first found out about what was happening during my layover in the airport in Minneapolis. I boarded the flight to DC and the flight had satellite TV, so pretty much the whole way from Minneapolis to Washington DC I was watching the news to see the latest information on what happened. Needless to say I would have rather not been in a plane at that time. However, it got especially poignant as the plane was landing and I looked out my window and saw the Pentagon right below us. A pretty sobering experience. My first text when we landed was to my wife saying, “All is well.”

Rather than focus on the evil people who would do such a thing, I want to focus on the brave people who ran towards the explosion to help someone instead of ran away. The people who’d just run 26 miles who had to run a mile or two more to give blood. The healthcare workers on site and at the hospitals that took care of all the wounded. Those committing to run the 2014 Boston Marathon.

It’s hard for me to understand what could go through the minds of people who do such terrible things. The best advice I’ve heard is to “Be Calm and Carry On.” I’m sure that will be hard for many in Boston and that makes me sad.

April 17, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

“EMR and HIPAA” becomes “EHR and Omnibus”

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We at EMR and HIPAA have been hearing a lot from our readers that there’s been some confusion with the EMR and HIPAA brand. Many readers are really confused by what we provide here on EMR and HIPAA and what to expect when they visit the website.

For those who don’t know the history, I did the first EMR and HIPAA blog post back on December 11, 2005. I love how I didn’t even post my name, but instead put the name “EMR BLOG” as the writer. Just reading the post makes me a bit sheepish as I think about how naive I was at the time, but I digress. Seven years and 1659 EMR and HIPAA blogs later, a lot has changed with EMR and HIPAA. Healthcare IT is a new world and it seemed right for EMR and HIPAA to embrace change as well.

Let’s start with EMR. I still love the term EMR since spell check doesn’t autocorrect it. However, $36 billion of government money says that it should be called EHR. Plus, the EHR fanatics out there have been on my case for a long time when I talk about EMR instead of EHR. No more. From now on, EMR will no longer exist as we embrace EHR.

What about HIPAA? Yes, for most healthcare providers HIPAA is a curse word to them. Just hearing it makes them cringe. Why would I want to host a site that makes my beloved doctors cringe? Plus, HIPAA is now changed thanks to the new Omnibus rule. We’re ready to embrace change as well, so from now on HIPAA will be referred to as Omnibus. Who doesn’t like Omnibus? Omni means all. Bus reminds me of a party bus in Las Vegas. I think everyone can embrace a party bus where all are welcome.

There you have it. We’re now going to officially be called: EHR and Omnibus

Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? I hope you like the new branding and appreciate the clarity it provides.

Happy April 1st!

April 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.