Free EMR Newsletter Want to receive the latest news on EMR, Meaningful Use, ARRA and Healthcare IT sent straight to your email? Join thousands of healthcare pros who subscribe to EMR and HIPAA for FREE!!

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?

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.

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.

EMR and HIPAA Announces Plans to Sell New EMR Software

Posted on April 1, 2011 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.

UPDATE: In case you couldn’t tell, this was an April Fool’s joke.

Over the past year myself and the other people here at EMR and HIPAA have been working like crazy on a very exciting new project. We’ve obviously seen first hand the many doctors that are dissatisfied with their current EMR and the current EMR vendors. We kept wondering how we could fix this problem. In the end, we decided that the best way to solve this problem would be to fix this problem ourselves. So, I’m really pleased to announce the launch of a new EMR software product by EMR and HIPAA called DoctorEZ (cool name huh?).

We’re still in beta right now working with only the best doctors we know to refine the product. Although, here’s the goals for our EMR software:

  • No Cost for the EMR – Why should doctors have to pay for software? Haven’t you ever heard of a free lunch? That’s what we’re offering here.
  • Zero Implementation Time – If you think you want DoctorEZ, it’s already installed. Doctors don’t want to take the time to implement the EMR software and so we decided to take out the implementation time.
  • No Training Needed – Doctors have an MD after their name. That means they were basically professional students for most of their life. Why burden them with more training? That’s why we don’t.
  • Universal Device Domination – Some people like their iPad. Fine we do that. Blackberry Playbook. It’s not released, but we support them too. Desktop. Check. Laptop. Check. iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, iPod touch, Pay as you Go phone. Check, check, check, check, check. Xbox, PS3, Tivo and Wii. You got it!
  • Standards Based – SNOMED, ICD-9, EZ, ICD-10, 23%, ICD-11, SMRT, ICD-666, CPT, 1040-EZ, 5010, 90210, ACO, 867-5309, ieee, HAL-0999, etc. You bet!
  • Supports All Specialties – Some people like to say that specialties have different needs. Not with the DoctorEZ EMR. It satisfies every specialty with a unique Specializer (TM) system.
  • Easy – Did I mention that this was easy? (That’s why we called it DoctorEZ after all)
  • Interoperability – As if other EMR are sophisticated enough to integrate with us.
  • Increase Billing – Of course we do. Why else would you buy us? It’s not about the patient after all…speaking of which…
  • Patient – We thought about some great features to help patients, but our beta test doctors asked us why. They then told us patients were a dime a dozen and it was all about the reimbursement. At DoctorEZ we listen to our customers.
  • Interplanetary Hosting – I’m sure many of you are wondering if the new EMR will be a SaaS based EMR or client server based EMR. We decided since we were offering this for free that neither of those options was good enough for our doctors. Instead we launched a new interplanetary hosting option. That’s right. Your EMR data will be safely stored on our own personal network of data centers located on Mars, Saturn and Venus (we tried Pluto, but it lost its planet status and so we had to change direction). We had Neil Armstong sign a HIPAA business associate agreement, so you’re all covered if he heads to Mars and happens upon your patient’s info.
  • EMR or EHR – Maybe you missed the part above about patients. Plus, did you see us use the word EHR in this article. I didn’t think so.
  • EHR Certification – Are you kidding? Of course we are. Our business wouldn’t survive without it. Although, since we’re not an EHR we had to create our own certification called EZ Certification. Let’s just say it was easy to do. Will it get you access to the government handouts for EHR? Probably not, but you didn’t pay for the EMR and we didn’t pay for the EMR certification so it all works out. You will get to put up an DoctorEZ Certification sign on your door with our cute little bunny rabbit logo.
  • Support – We’re from Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps. Neither do our support people. That’s why we’ve spared no expense on chaining them to their chairs and installing the shock collars to make sure they don’t sleep. In fact, the top DoctorEZ EMR feature is the “Shock My Support Person” EZ button.
  • EMR Usability – At DoctorEZ we alpha tested a direct brain to EMR input. Basically if you think it, we record it. Only problem was we found out what the doctor was really thinking. Let’s just say I was surprised how many doctors play Farmville. To solve this problem, we’ve integrated Farmville into our EMR in a really fantastically usable way. Now doctors are no longer distracted thinking about Farmville since they’ll actually be playing it.
  • Doctor Flattery Module – How many other EMR software really focus on the doctors? We’re taking it to a whole new level by randomly displaying a flattering comment about the doctor on the screen. In back office mode, a lovely male or female voice (configurable) will sound to compliment the doctor on their incredible skill, beautiful hair or amazing technique. Repeat Compliment button is available.

There’s so much more to the DoctorEZ EMR, but I think you get a feel for where we’re going. Who’s ready to sign up? Sorry. We’re in beta. However, I do like a nice piece of Cheesecake with hot fudge on top from Cheesecake Factory *wink* *wink*.