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New Reality TV Show to Follow ONC Leadership

Posted on April 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.

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.

“EMR and HIPAA” becomes “EHR and Omnibus”

Posted on April 1, 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.

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 Fools Day, Genomics EHR, EMR Blogs, and Hospital IT Consultants

Posted on April 1, 2012 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.

As most of you know, I’m usually all over April Fool’s Day on this site. I actually even had a great idea this year as well (some might remember my EMR Announcement last year), but with April Fool’s Day being on Sunday, I decided to pass this year. I’ll bring it back next year I’m sure.

As expected, Epic did another great job on their home page for April Fool’s Day. EpiCot partnership with Disney is pretty creative. Some might argue that the Epic campus is already EpiCot. Here’s a screenshot of it in case you missed it (click on the image twice to see it full size):

Mark Dente describes a genomic EHR as being quite far away. Certainly it’s not going to happen tomorrow, but I think it’s a little closer than he describes in this article. Although, much of the genomic research is still just beginning so we’ll see how quickly it can scale up and produce results. That will be the key.

Check out the article in the tweet to learn more about Caradigm, GE’s healthcare partnership with Microsoft. It’s definitely all about the data.


Never heard of any EMR blogs. Have you?


Really? I wonder how well these consulting companies will do post-EHR incentive money. This will be interesting to see play out.