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Looking at EHR Internationally

Posted on August 24, 2016 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.

Today, I’m sitting in my hotel room in Dubai (Check out my full health IT conference schedule) looking out over this incredible city. This is the 3rd time I’ve come to Dubai to teach an EHR workshop and so I’ve had a chance to fall in love with some many things. Not the least of which is the people that come to participate in the workshop. Each time is a unique perspective with people coming from around the middle east including countries like Saudia Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and of course Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE to name a few.

There’s something incredible about coming to a place that is culturally so different and yet when I talk about EHR software it’s more alike than it is different. A great example of this is the often large divide between doctors and EHR implementers. It seems that everyone struggles to get doctors to take enough time to really learn how to use the EHR effectively. Then, despite not doing the training they complain that the EHR doesn’t work properly. If you’ve ever been part of an EHR implementation you know this cycle well.

What I find interesting in the middle east is that they don’t feel suffocated by regulations like we have in the US. There’s much more freedom available to them to innovate. However, there’s not the same drive to innovate here that exists in most US markets. It’s interesting to sense this disconnect between the opportunity to innovate and the desire to innovate.

I think there’s also a bit of a misconception about the region. From the US perspective, we often see these rich middle eastern countries and think that they just have as much money as they want and they can spend lavishly on anything. When you look at some of the amazing buildings or the indoor ski slopes in Dubai it’s easy to see how this perspective is well deserved. However, that’s not the reality that most of these healthcare organizations face. This seems to be particularly true with gas prices being quite low. In many ways, this is a similar to what many doctors experience. Doctors like to drive the Mercedes, but then complain that they aren’t really paid as much as people think. That creates a disconnect between what’s seen and the reality. I think the middle east suffers from this disconnect as well.

What’s most heartening about the experience of talking EHR internationally is that there’s one core thing that seems to exist everywhere. That’s a desire to truly make a difference for the patient. That’s the beautiful part of working in healthcare. We all have a desire to make life better for a patient. It’s amazing how this principle is universal. Now, if we could just all execute it better.

Getting Beyond the Health IT Cheerleaders, BS, and Hype Machine

Posted on March 20, 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.

My friend Shahid is chairing a healthcare IT event series called HealthIMPACT (10% discount for Healthcare Scene readers with the code IMPACT10) and the first one of the year is taking place in Houston on April 3. Given his no-nonsense attitude and low tolerance for hype, it looks like it will be a great place for healthcare technology enthusiasts and buyers to get actionable advice on what’s real, what’s BS, what to buy, what not to buy, and perhaps most importantly, which guidance is worth following. Shahid tells me that the following important topics will be covered at the Houston event:

  • How IT can support the overarching financial, operational, and clinical goals of your organization
  • HIEs in your region and provider participation in them
  • Technologies that support value driven care and population health management
  • Cloud based systems in healthcare
  • Programs that drive patient engagement
  • Leadership strategies that drive innovation
  • Predictive analytics that improve care delivery
  • EHR implementation and meaningful use
  • ICD10 compliance, readiness and physician training

If you’re a buyer of technology, it’s certainly worth attending. If you’re selling technology and want to learn how to reach the buyers or need to talk to buyers directly it’s also worth attending. Shahid’s come up with an interesting “mini focus group” model that allows technology vendors to sit directly with buyers and pick their brains. A very interesting model that’s worth exploring.

Not only are the topics pretty relevant but he seems to have been able to convince some pretty well known Speakers to join him:

  • Edward Marx, Senior Vice President and CIO, TEXAS HEALTH RESOURCES
  • George Conklin, Senior Vice President and CIO, CHRISTUS HEALTH
  • Pamela Arora, Vice President & CIO, CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER
  • Theresa Meadows, Senior Vice President and CIO, COOK CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
  • Chris Belmont, Vice President & CIO, UT M.D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER

Register online here and reference code IMPACT10 to receive a 10% discount for being a Healthcare Scene reader.

Digital Health Conference in NYC

Posted on September 5, 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.

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As most of you know, I’ve been working with the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) for the past couple years on their Digital Health Conference. They buy some advertising on my websites, and I get the chance to attend an amazing event. I love this event, because NYeC has a great connection with the local community of doctors and hospitals and so the event is chalk full of those working in the trenches of healthcare. I expect this year to be no different.

The good news is that once again they’ve given readers of my websites a 20% registration discount. Just use the code HCS when registering at www.DigitalHealthConference.com.

They’ve lined up two keynote speakers for the event: George C. Halvorson, Chairman, Kaiser Permanente and Jim Messina, National Director, Organizing for Action; Campaign Manager, 2012 Obama Re-Election Campaign; Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama. I like the mix of someone deeply rooted in healthcare and also someone who likely understands healthcare politics really well.

Along with the keynotes, I’m told they are looking at about 1200 attendees at the event. They’ve also published the full agenda of speakers. I look forward to seeing many of my readers at the event.

Along with the Digital Health Conference, I’ll be attending a number of other Healthcare IT conferences this year. Influential Networks has created a calendar of Fall health IT events where you’ll find myself and other influencers. Right now I have MGMA, CHIME, Healthcare Payments Processing & Compliance Summit, AHIMA, and the Digital Health Conference on my dance card. I may add mHealth Summit as well. Should make for an exciting fall conference season.

Let me know if you’ll be at any of these conferences. I always love to connect with readers in person.

Great Digital Health Conference in New York City

Posted on July 13, 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 many of you know, last year I made the trip to New York City for the Digital Health Conference. You can see my Digital Health Conference Twitter round up from 2011 to get a feel for the conference. It’s a great event put together by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC).

I’m really excited to be able to attend the conference again in 2012. The 2012 Digital Health Conference is happening October 15-16, 2012 in New York, NY.

They’ve announced 2 keynote speakers: David J. Brailer, MD, Ph.D., Chairman, Health Evolution Partners and Stephen J. Dubner, Bestselling Author, Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. As most of you know, I love hearing from former government health IT leaders, like David Brailer, once they’re out of that position. They can provide insights that they couldn’t say when working for the government. Plus, Freakonomics is just awesome. I’m excited to see Stephen Dubner speak in person.

I’ve also been asked to be part of a Healthcare Social Media panel at the conference that will include Brian Ahier, Ed Bennett, and Amy Dixon. I know Brian Ahier quite well (he moderated my HIMSS panel), but I only know of Ed Bennett and Amy Dixon. I think that often leads to the best panels since you get a number of varied viewpoints. Plus, you all know I love to talk about social media.

I’m also really excited to hear more about NYeC’s work with HIE, RECs and even a healthcare IT accelerator. It will be really interesting to get a perspective from an organization that is working in so many areas I love. I think their accelerator is fascinating and could produce some amazing results.

The organizers of the Digital Health Conference have provided a discount code for Healthcare Scene readers that provides you a 20% registration discount. All you need to do is enter the code HCS when you register.

The hash tag for the event is #DHC12 for those of you not able to attend, but want to follow the conference remotely.

While I love the healthcare IT super conferences, I also love going to a high quality conference like the Digital Health Conferences where you get a chance to dig in deep with a lot of the attendees. I love the depth and variety that I got at last year’s conference and I expect to get the same this year. Plus, I’ve already heard of a number of amazing people that are planning to attend.

If you plan to go, I’d love to know so we can meet. Maybe we’ll have to put together another Tweetup!

UPDATE: @healthcarewen took the initiative and put together a tweetup.

Digital Health Conference in New York City

Posted on November 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.


I know that many of my readers are from in and around New York. So, I’m really excited to let you know that I’ll be attending the Digital Health Conference in New York City on December 1-2, 2011. It’s shaping up to be a great event with keynotes from Todd park, CTO of the US HHS, and T.R. Reid, Journalist and Author for The Washington Post and PBS. Plus, they have tracks covering: Innovations in the Inpatient Setting, Advances in the Delivery of Primary Care, Chronic Care Management, and Health & Wellness.

One of the smartest things they’ve done is they’re offering up to 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ That should bring a bunch of doctors to the event to get some more CME.

Plus, they’ve offered HealthcareScene.com readers a special discount: $200 off for non-providers and $50 off for providers. That’s only $195 and $145 respectively. I can’t remember the last healthcare IT conference I’ve seen that was that inexpensive. You’ll just need to use the discount code: HCS2011 to get those rates.

Of course, the real reason I go is to meet lots of interesting people. So, I hope that a lot of you make it to the event so I can meet more of you in person. I’m sure we’ll find one way or another to do a tweetup at the event. Plus, for those of you who can’t make it to the event, I’ll be tweeting about it on @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Here’s the full description of the Digital Health Conference Event:

New York eHealth Collaborative’s Digital Health Conference will bring together hundreds of health information technology (HIT) stakeholders and decision makers from across the region including providers of all types, the public sector, private industry, health plans, hospital administration, and others. The event will showcase the latest technologies, share best practices, inspire collaboration, and generally support the advancement of healthcare innovation.

Keynote Speakers

Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

T.R. Reid, Best-selling author and healthcare journalist, The Washington Post, PBS

Conference Highlights

• Learn from industry thought-leaders through a series of lectures, panels, demonstrations and otherbreakout sessions in each of the following tracks:

• Innovations in the Inpatient Setting

• Advances in the Delivery of Primary Care

• Chronic Care Management

• Health & Wellness

• Programming features an impressive array of health IT experts from a number of different backgrounds, including private sector innovators, government agencies, providers of all types, and hospital IT leadership

• Network with hundreds of healthcare stakeholders and decision-makers from across the region

• Earn up to 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™*

• Connect with private and public sector innovators showcasing the latest healthcare technologies and innovations

To view the full program and to register, visit www.digitalhealthconference.com

*This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint sponsorship of MSSNY and New York eHealth Collaborative. MSSNY is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

Which EMR Conferences Do You Attend?

Posted on December 27, 2010 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 week I finally got my flight and hotel all lined up for my trip to HIMSS. Thanks to Practice Fusion for sponsoring that part of my trip to HIMSS. It’s greatly appreciated. I think Orlando is going to be a great destination for HIMSS and the energy and excitement is going to be something else thanks to the EMR stimulus money. It should be a pretty exciting event with far too many people, sessions and vendors to take in.

I’m still considering throwing together a New Media Meetup at HIMSS like I did last year. It was a lot of fun and worked out well since we just partnered with MEDecision to pull it off. If you’re interested in helping put something like that together or attending an event like that, let me know and I’ll be sure to let you know the details. I personally really like these sorts of intimate meetings with interesting people who understand New Media like blogs, twitter, Facebook, etc.

What other conferences do people attend? I’ve been to a number of different EMR events this last year. The Mobile Health Expo was a fun event and should get better as it grows. I really enjoyed mixing it up with all the doctors at AAFP (even if I did get kicked out of a session since I wasn’t a doctor).

I’d wanted to go to MGMA this year, but couldn’t quite swing it. The good thing is that the 2011 MGMA Annual Conference is in Las Vegas (my backyard) and so I can easily attend while still enjoying my own bed. HIMSS 2012 is also going to be in Las Vegas which is very convenient for me. Obviously, you can see I have a bit of a bias to EMR or healthcare IT related conferences in Las Vegas. It’s just so much nicer and luckily a fair amount of them come to Las Vegas.

I heard there’s going to be a healthcare portion of SXSW in Austin. That’s a conference I’ve always wanted to go to. Health 2.0 could also be interesting, but I find it much more consumer health app focused than EMR and doctor focused.

Are there any other EMR related conferences that I should keep my eye on?

HIS EMR Buying Seminar

Posted on October 3, 2009 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 you know, I try to save my simpler posts for the weekend when less people are reading. Although, I do tend to ramble on occasion. Thankfully I type reasonably fast.

In some of my EMR readings of late I came across something that sounds similar to what I’ve talked about doing for EMR. They call it an EMR Buying Seminar. Sure, there have been a ton of EMR seminars lately. In fact, I did an EMR presentation in Austin myself. However, what struck me about this seminar is that it said it was the 10th annual EMR Buying Seminar. That’s a lot of years.

Of course, the thing I like least about this seminar is that it’s focused on hospital EMR systems. If you’ve read here much, you know I’m more of an ambulatory EMR kind of guy. Certainly there’s a lot of cross over, but the hospital stuff is far too political for my tastes.

I wonder how many people would be interested in an Ambulatory EMR Buying Seminar. Seems like it could be a really valuable thing including covering the details of the ARRA EMR stimulus package. I know the perfect place to hold it as well: Las Vegas. Let me know what you think of the idea.

Of course, an EMR Buying Seminar is a great thing for doctors and practice managers. My other idea I’m considering is holding an EMR conference of experts in EMR from the industry. Kind of a meeting with a wide open agenda and format where the participants are the presentation and become the conference. Basically, a bunch of really smart people getting together to discuss complex issues related to EMR. Could be a lot of fun.

How’s that for a short post that’s not so short?

Upcoming Healthcare IT Conferences

Posted on August 18, 2009 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.

Neil Versel posted a list of upcoming Healthcare IT conferences (a few aren’t just IT, but IT will be a large part of it) in the sidebar of his blog. Check out his list:

Medical Device Connectivity (Sept., Boston)
Medicine 2.0 (Sept. 17-18, Toronto)
AHIMA (Oct. 3-8, D-FW)
Health 2.0 (Oct. 6-7, SF)
MGMA (Oct. 11-14, Denver)
Connected Health Symposium (Oct., Boston)
CHIME09 (Oct., Indian Wells, Calif.)
E-Patient Connections (Oct., Phila.)
NIH mHealth Summit (Oct. 29-30, DC)
Inst. for Health Tech Transformation (Nov., LA)
AMIA (Nov. 14-18, SF)

That’s a lot of conferences. Were there any that we missed? That just goes through the end of the year. How do people stay up with all these conferences? I still haven’t made it to HIMSS, but am planning to go to Atlanta in March.

I’ve always wanted to put together my own EMR conference. Basically, just bring in a lot of really smart people to have insightful discussion about topics related to EMR. You could even bring in some EMR vendors and run them through the ringer. Maybe none of them would want to come and be held accountable for their software. However, if they did that would really say something. We could always do it on some test installs or something. Maybe the conference could put 10 EMR vendors through their paces and publish a report evaluating those 10 EMR companies. Then, that report could pay for the expenses of the conference. Who knows, I’m just thinking out loud on my blog. That’s what I love about blogs.

I’m not even sure it has to be a conference. Now that I think about it, it might be even more interesting to just bring a nice group of really smart people together to meet and discuss EMR and HIT for a day. Could produce some pretty interesting content. Plus, with a small group, you could pretty easily find a place to host the event I would think. Not to mention, I live in Las Vegas and everyone loves to come visit Las Vegas.

Back to the list above, which of the above conferences will you be attending? Are there any types of conferences that you wish were available related to EMR and HIT?