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Patient Engagement Panel – Inaugural Online Medical Conference

Posted on September 11, 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.

John Bennett, MD reached out to me recently about a unique opportunity to be part of the 1st International Online BioMedical Conference. The conference was unique because it was being organized completely online using Google Hangouts as the platform for speakers. Having done a number of Google Hangouts on Healthcare IT myself, I thought it would be a unique opportunity to test out the online conference waters.

As part of the conference, I brought together a panel of social media and healthcare IT rockstars to talk about Patient Engagement (in all its facets) and the challenges of patient engagement. Plus, I wanted to be sure we talked about how it could help and hinder care. On the panel were Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung), Dr. Nick Van Terheyden (@DrNic1), Dr. Charles Webster(@wareflo), and myself (@ehrandhit). With such a wide set of experiences, it made for a really great discussion. You can watch it below:

Thanks to each of my fellow panelists for participating with me and to Manuel and Dr. Bennett who organized the conference.

EMR Tea Party, EMR Scribes, Older MDs, and MU+

Posted on November 11, 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.


This tweet is a little self serving since it links to my post on EMR and EHR about what I call the EMR Tea Party. Although, Charles Webster, MD’s response was too funny not to share. I haven’t seen any pitchforks or torches yet, and someone commented that Tea Party is a tainted term that shouldn’t be used, but I think there are some parallels.


EMR Scribes seem to be growing slowly in popularity. $10/hour does seem low for someone who needs to have some clinical understanding and more important clinical vocabulary. However, I imagine if the cost goes too high, then no doctor would ever get a scribe.


I think there’s definitely a gulf between those doctors that can type and those that can’t. Age is definitely correlated to typing speed. Although, I’m not sure I agree that tabets are the answer to this problem. One thing that is certain is that EMRs in their current form aren’t using an optimized UI for tablets. We’ll see if any EMR can bridge the tablet UI and make the case for touchscreen documentation by doctors. I’m skeptical that a nice tablet UI can replace type/text for most doctors.


This is a very interesting tweet from John Sharp. He’s right in many regards. There are plenty of elements of HITECH that don’t get enough exposure, but I’m not sure how many of those other HITECH elements really move the needle.

New Philippines EMR, Machine Tasks, and The EMR Impact

Posted on October 28, 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.

I had an interesting experience with healhcare social media that I’m writing up for Hospital EMR and EHR. It had such an impact on me, that I’ve started creating a deep presentation on all of the various benefits of social media in healthcare. It was amazing how quickly I could put together benefits and potential benefits of using social media. With that said, if you have a story or example of how social media has benefited you, patients, others, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to share it on my Contact page if you prefer.

Now on to some interesting insights I’ve found on Twitter related to EMR…


At first when I saw this tweet I kind of rolled my eyes at another EMR software being rolled out. However, as I dug into it more, it seems that this new EMR is marketing to the Phillipines physicians. Maybe I’m wrong on this assumption, but the press release and the peso pricing seem to indicate this.

I’ll admit that I’m not that familiar with the Phillipines EMR market, but I’m always interested to see how an EMR is going forward in another country. I had a discussion on Friday with someone from India who told me, the concepts of privacy and security of health information is not even considered in many parts of India. I guess when you live on very little, you don’t have anything to lose if your health information isn’t kept private. It was an interesting thing I’d like to learn more about.


Dr. Webster is always pulling out special tweets that cause me to think. This is no different. We need to delve a lot deeper into which EMR processes are best done by humans and which are best done by machines.


This made me laugh so hard because of the impact it’s had on the doctor. Reminds me of my post back in 2009 that called EHR the Heart of a Practice. This tweet is a great example of this, but it’s also interesting to observe how the EMR does funny things with the mind as well.