Happy Fourth of July

Posted on July 4, 2013 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 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.