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Crowdsourcing in Healthcare, Scribes, and Mandated Inefficiencies

Posted on June 29, 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.


I’m a HUGE fan of crowdsourcing. I do it for so many things in my life and it’s incredibly effective. Although, I haven’t seen much of it done in healthcare. I’d love to hear examples where you’ve seen it done. I guess you could say I’d like to crowdsource a list of where it’s being used for a future post (see what I did there?).


I’ve heard more and more good things about Scribes. I talked to one at ANI whose a Scribe and Med Student. You can see why so many people like them. I think they’re a bandaid for the real problems we have in healthcare, but they’re an effective one that’s not going anywhere (since our problems aren’t going anywhere).


It’s not the first time that I’ve found a tweet from Dr. Pourmassina that perfectly articulates the challenge. “Built-in and mandated inefficiencies” has got to be one of the simplest descriptions of the current state of EHR.

EHR Use Compensation, Scribes, Healthcare Interoperability, and EMR Marriage

Posted on June 3, 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.

We’ve got a great roundup of tweets this weekend. I’ve found a wide variety of tweets with some really interesting opinions and comments. Some of them were quite shocking when I read them. Others made me laugh out loud literally. I think you’ll enjoy many of them. Plus, I’ll add a bit of commentary to the tweets to add a little extra value to the tweets and the comments made in the tweets.

Let me know what you think of the weekly Twitter round up posts. I think they provide a bunch of interesting comments and perspectives. Let me know if you love them, hate them or something in between.


This one just made me laugh. I’m not sure all the background on the tweet, but I’m sure every doctors I know would laugh at the idea of providers getting compensated for the time they spend on EMR/EHR. I guess you could twist the EHR incentive that way, but that’s far from the same as being compensated for EHR. Unlike some, I do think there are benefits to EMR & EHR use. Although, even then I wouldn’t use the word compensation.


I disagree with this tweet putting research in the bad section. Sure, the current crop of EHR won’t realize the full possibilities in research areas, but it does provide more opportunities than paper for research.

The scribes are an intriguing solution. I think younger doctors won’t care too much for scribes in most cases. However, I think scribes could become very popular in more and more situations. It does help to preserve the physician-patient interaction.


I still wish the EHR incentives would have been for interoperability. EHR adoption would have been a side effect of this incentive. Water under a bridge at this point.


I shared this link to a series of articles I wrote a while back. I was glad that Elin enjoyed the post and so did many others. I’m sure that those new to this blog will enjoy it too.