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A Thankful Look at Healthcare Scene

Posted on November 22, 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.

I’ve been recently working on the Healthcare Scene media kit (still being edited as we speak) and a presentation that illustrates the influence of Healthcare Scene. As part of that slide deck I gathered the numbers for this slide:

healthcare-scene-overview

As I look at any of these numbers, I have to admit that it’s really hard for me to comprehend any of them. We’re approaching the 11th anniversary of Healthcare Scene and it’s really hard for me to imagine how far we’ve come since that weekend I got bored and started blogging about EMR.

This week of gratitude, I’m particularly grateful for those people who trust Healthcare Scene for their daily cup of what’s interesting in healthcare IT. Amidst all the noise that exists in this world, it’s quite humbling to think that so many people look to this network of blogs to stay informed.

Just as humbling is the hundreds of companies that have sponsored the work we do at Healthcare Scene. What’s best is that most of our sponsors started out as readers. It’s gratifying to know that they valued the work we do enough to support our sites. A big thanks to our current crop of sponsors: The Breakaway Group, Stericycle Communications Solutions, HIPAA One, Kareo, Iron Mountain, Intel Health, Samsung, HIM on Call, Central Learning, Greythorn, Innovative Consulting Group, Cumberland Consulting Group, EMR Staffing Partners, UCSD Master in Health Informatics (Online)Galen Healthcare Solutions, and 4MedApproved. As sponsors, I’ve gotten to know each of these organizations quite well and they are all working hard to improve healthcare.

This Thanksgiving Week, I just wanted to take a minute to celebrate and show gratitude to all of you. Thanks for reading. Thanks for commenting. Thanks for sponsoring. Thanks for sharing on social media. Thanks for the private messages and responses. Thanks for the likes and hearts and favorites and retweets. I feel blessed to be part of such an amazing community. I can’t wait to see what happens with healthcare IT over the next decade.

Over 2500 EMR and HIPAA Blog Posts

Posted on April 11, 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.

I use to celebrate these milestones a lot more. Like any company, as you grow you forget to celebrate things. Not because you don’t care anymore, but because you’re not quite as hyper focused on the growth of your website. It’s too bad since it’s fun to celebrate.

With that in mind, I just realized that EMR and HIPAA hit a milestone of sorts: 2500 blog posts. Here’s the official numbers as of the writing of this blog post:

  • 2505 blog posts (this will be blog post #2506)
  • 16 official blog authors (many more guest bloggers)
  • 2070 blog posts written by Me
  • 10,215 comments
  • 1,456,541 spam comments blocked
  • 11,606,850 pageviews

For those keeping track at home, the full Healthcare Scene blog network just reached 9,884 blog posts. We’re going to have to plan an amazing celebration when we reach 10,000 blog posts!

When I first started EMR and HIPAA back in December 2005, I never thought I’d become a professional blogger. Even when I quit my day job April 1, 2010, I didn’t really think I’d be a full time blogger either. I quit to do my own startup company. However, the blogs kept growing and I was lucky to make blogging my profession.

I consider myself lucky to have ridden the wave of meaningful use incentive money for EHR. No one can argue that meaningful use didn’t push adoption of EHRs forward at an incredible rate. We’re now going to spend the next decade figuring out how to leverage all that data to benefit patients.

There’s plenty of challenges in healthcare, but there are plenty of opportunities as well. I still wake up every day excited to see what I’ll discover and how IT can impact a healthcare organization for good. Sure, it’s challenging when I see poorly thought out and poorly implemented EHR and health IT solutions harming an organization. It’s also frustrating to see some of the crazy things that we expect from healthcare. The double standards are brutal. However, the people inside healthcare more than make up for it’s ugly policies and perverse incentives.

This weekend at the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference Shahid Shah asked the audience if they’ve ever seen a more dramatic change in healthcare IT than we’ve seen in the past 5 years. The audience agreed that we’d seen really dramatic changes. Shahid then suggested that the next 5 years are going to make the previous 5 years look like nothing.

I’m excited that EMR and HIPAA will be along for the ride covering what’s interesting, new, unique, and innovative in healthcare IT. Plus, we’ll never forget to offer the practical, useful, and entertaining as well.

Thanks to all of you who have read EMR and HIPAA over the years and for those who have sponsored us as well. We feel lucky to be part of such an extraordinary industry that really can impact people’s lives for good.

Most Popular Healthcare IT Articles of 2015

Posted on December 31, 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.

As we come to the end of 2015, I thought I’d take a minute and look back at our top 16 most read Healthcare IT articles in 2015.

6 Healthcare Incubators Growing the Future of HealthTech – Great article. No doubt there are more great healthcare incubators starting all the time. Looks like maybe we should go back and do an update.

Healthcare IT and EHR Conferences and Events – If you’re looking for healthcare IT related conferences and events, this page is a great resource. Along with showing our schedule of conferences and events, we also highlight some of the most popular healthcare IT conferences.

Crazy and Funny ICD-10 Codes – People love a good laugh. Amazing that this post in 2011 was still making people laugh in 2015. It would be interesting to see how many times these funny codes have been used since ICD-10 started on Oct 1, 2015.

Benefits of EMR or EHR Over Paper Charts – I love when people just complain about their EHR software. It’s amazing how quick we forget the benefits of EHR and start to take them for granted.

The 2015 #HIT99 Results Are In – I love this list of people. If you’re looking for an amazing group of healthcare IT people to follow, start with this list.

2014 EHR Mandate – I’m really glad that so many years later this post is still getting traffic. I’m still annoyed by people that say that EHR was mandated. This post outlines why it’s not mandated, but why you should consider EHR anyway (Note: Government money isn’t one of the main reasons)

Mark Cuban’s Suggestion to Do Regular Blood Tests – I was amazed at the brouhaha that Mark’s comments created. This post was my take on it. I side with Mark, but most people I read did not. This topic is going to become more and more important as more tests and sensors enter the market.

Best Scanners for High Volume Scanning in a Doctor’s Office – I need to update this post with the latest version of the various scanners out there. I’ll have to reach out to Fujistu, Ambir, and Canon to get updates on the latest scanners.

HIPAA Security and Compliance Thoughts from the Healthcare Cyber Security Summit – This is a great guest post by Anna Drachenberg. I always love when smart people take time to share their insights on this blog.

Practice Fusion Violates Some Physicians’ Trust in Sending Millions of Emails to Their Patients – This is still the article that took me the longest to write. In fact, it probably took me 10 times as long as any other article I’ve written. I’m glad that people are still reading it. It’s a story that every EHR vendor should learn about so they can avoid the same thing happening to them.

Digital Signatures in EMR – Signatures are still the biggest source of blame for paper in health care. Well, that doesn’t count printing from EHR software. I’m glad that we now have a number of great digital signature options. Much has changed since this post back in 2007.

EMR Companies Holding Practice Data for “Ransom” – I wish I could say that this isn’t a problem anymore. Unfortunately, I’m sure we’re going to see even more of it as organizations choose to switch EHR.

HIPAA Compliance and Windows Server 2003 – I wonder how many healthcare organizations still have Windows Server 2003 in production. I’m guessing far too much.

Examples of HIPAA Privacy Violations – More HIPAA Lawsuits Coming? In 2006 we knew that more HIPAA violations were coming, but I don’t think then we even dreamed of the size of the breaches that would occur. I think more HIPAA Lawsuits are still coming.

Firewall & Windows XP HIPAA Penalties – Same story with Windows XP as Windows Server 2003. You’re a brave soul to still run Windows XP in a healthcare organization.

The Next Major Healthcare Product – Care Management System – I still reference this article a lot when talking with people about trends in healthcare IT. I got my first PR pitch about a Care Management System. We’ll see if the term catches on. Regardless of whether the term catches on or not, the concept of a patient centered care management system is the next stage of what we need to provide care to patients.

Not a bad list. Looks like a few of the posts need updating. Something to look forward to in 2016. Happy New Year!

History of Health Care Data Breaches Graphic

Posted on November 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.

While this blog is named EMR and HIPAA, it seems that people will only read about HIPAA when we talk about HIPAA data breaches. It’s like the rubber necking that occurs when there’s an accident on the roads. We just can’t resist not looking. The same is true when it comes to HIPAA data breaches. Everyone has to look when they happen.

The people at DataMotionHealth have put together an infographic (see below) on the history health care data breaches (many of which we’ve written about) that highlights some of the major health care data breaches that have occurred over the years. The charts shows the number of size of the data breaches accelerating. That has many people concerned, but I still argue that we might just be better able to know when a data breach occurs today than we were before. Of course, we’ve talked before that technology does make it much easier to breach a large number of records. Where do you see HIPAA breaches heading?

History of Health Care Data Breaches

2300 Blog Posts and 11 Million Pageviews Later

Posted on June 29, 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.

For those that don’t know the history of EMR and HIPAA, I wrote the first post on EMR and HIPAA back on December 11, 2005. It’s fun to read that first post. Short and sweet. I hit some high level points which amazingly still represent my desires 10 years later. “I will try to incorporate any aspects of EMR and HIPAA because I think best practices across the industry are important to know.” – I still try to incorporate any aspect of healthcare IT. Lately I’ve been writing even more about the business of medicine, but I still try and find best practices.

In my original post I invited people to participate in the conversation. I still desire this greatly, but I’ve found that much of the conversation has moved to social media versus the blog comment section. Plus, as I’ve refined my blogging skill, it avoids many comment threads. In the beginning I wasn’t as skilled and so there was a lot of opportunity to correct me which made for great comment threads.

The last line of that original post really expressed my understanding of EHR at the time: “This is my best knowledge from my research and is not guaranteed in anyway.” Pretty funny that I thought to put in a disclaimer from the start. When I started I knew so little. It’s amazing how much you can learn over 10 years. Yet, I’m still learning.

5 months into my EMR and HIPAA blogging journey I celebrated reaching 30,000 visitors to my blog. I was amazed by my achievement. Little did I know that less than 10 years later I’d be celebrating 2300 blog posts and 11 million pageviews. For some perspective, we celebrated 3 million pageviews in August 2010 and then last Valentine’s day we celebrated 9 million pageviews. I was nostalgic for those posts and still am today.

I’m really not sure how to process 2300 blog posts and 11 million pageviews for one of my Healthcare Scene blogs. I mostly feel to say: Thank you!

I never thought I’d be a full time blogger when I grew up, but I feel lucky to do so. Over the past 5 years as a full time blogger, it’s been amazing to see the blogging business model change. When I started blogging people were happy to buy links from my site (We stay far away from that now). We always have done some pay per click and display advertising and those both still do quite well for us. However, as we’ve matured, we’ve been able to offer a variety of email marketing and sponsored content options which really take healthcare IT marketing to the next level.

With that in mind, I want to take a second to thank those companies who are currently supporting the work we do here at EMR and HIPAA. Without their support, none of this would be possible.

EMR and HIPAA Email Sponsors
DrChrono
Stericycle

EMR and HIPAA Sponsored Content Series
ClinicSpectrum
The Breakaway Group

EMR and HIPAA Display Advertising
Ambir
HIPAA Secure Now
Colocation America
Accountable

What I love about each of these companies is that they are looking to promote their company, but they’re also interested in supporting the work we do here at EMR and HIPAA. Almost all of them are not only sponsors of the site, but also readers of the site as well.

If your company would like to support the work we do here at EMR and HIPAA, we’ve created a new landing page which outlines all of the various healthcare IT marketing and advertising options we offer across the Healthcare Scene network. We’d love to work with you on sharing your message. Just drop us a note on our contact us page.

We’ve got a lot of ideas on how to continue to make what we do here at EMR and HIPAA better. However, what won’t change is our efforts to provide valuable content that helps make our readers’ lives easier.

Healthcare IT Marketing and PR on the Mind

Posted on April 2, 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.

Healthcare IT marketing and PR have been on my mind lately as I’ve been preparing for the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference (HITMC) and for HIMSS. We’ve published the full HITMC program if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s going to be a really amazing 2 days of learning for me and everyone who attends. Hopefully many EMR and HIPAA readers can make it. There’s only 5 days left to register for the event, so do so now if you’d like to attend.

We’ve certainly seen the evolution of marketing here on EMR and HIPAA. At first people mostly wanted to buy a link to their site from us since we were on the first page of Google for the term “EMR”. (Side note: Don’t buy links. That’s a bad strategy today.) Then, we started doing banner ads and those have always performed really well for our advertisers since we have such a targeted, niche audience. Recently we’ve been expanding our email marketing, event marketing and sponsored content packages. They’ve really become fully integrated marketing packages that touch on email, social media, blogs, and display advertising. It’s exciting what we’re able to deliver sponsors of our site.

10 years later it’s amazing to think back on the 2239 posts we’ve published, the 9743 comments that readers have contributed and the 10,689,418 pageviews for EMR and HIPAA. I wonder how many emails we’ve sent out with our content over the years, but I don’t have a good way to track it. Just last year I estimate that this blog has sent out 1.25 million emails. Wow! Thanks to all of you who read and contribute.

Every 6 months or so I like to highlight the companies who support the work we do here at EMR and HIPAA. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to be a full time blogger and provide you the content I do. Take a second to look through the list and see if one of them might be able to help you solve a problem you’re working on in your job.

Vocera – Vocera is an interesting story for me, since they acquired a secure messaging company I advised (docBeat). Since that acquisition, I’ve been lucky to advise them on some marketing and they’ve also been sponsoring a number of Healthcare Scene email campaigns. They offer a pretty compelling set of secure, real-time communication solutions for healthcare. Plus, they have a good announcement coming out at HIMSS that I think will set them apart from the other secure messaging solutions out there. Although, I’m not allowed to talk about the announcement yet. You can see Vocera’s HIMSS 2015 plans if you want to meet with them in person and learn about the announcement.

Iron Mountain – It was fun working with Iron Mountain on their Healthcare Information Governance Predictions and Perspectives series. You can find all the entries in that series here and my entry here. Plus, I was able to participate in their #InfoTalk Twitter chat which was really well done as well. I hope they continue the discussion, because it’s an important one.

ClinicSpectrum – Regular readers should be familiar with ClinicSpectrum. They’ve been contributing some great content in our Cost Effective Healthcare Workflow Series. I love how they’re interested in taking the discussion beyond just EHR and meaningful use into how a practice or hospital can optimize their use of technology. Plus, they’re really passionate about the hybrid workflow which mixes technology and people to find the optimal solution. We need more of this optimization in healthcare.

The Breakaway Group (A Xerox Company) – You’ll also likely be familiar with The Breakaway Group and their Breakaway Thinking Series. I’ve always loved the researched based perspective that they provide to the challenges that face healthcare IT. Plus, they offer some unique perspectives on training and learning in healthcare. One of the biggest challenges with any healthcare IT implementation is getting the training right. The Breakaway Group is dead set on solving that problem.

Ambir – Ambir’s been supporting the work we do here since January of 2010. Amazing that they’ve been with us for 5 years. I think that was before I even quit my day job. Most people know them as a scanner company, but word on the street is that at HIMSS 2015 they’ll be announcing a new tablet based product. I’ve heard the concept and I think it’s a really creative approach to solving healthcare’s workflow challenges.

HIPAA Secure Now! – We’re seeing a big wave of healthcare organizations and business associates finally starting to do something about HIPAA. Much of this has been pushed by meaningful use’s risk assessment requirement, but it’s also been driven by all the breaches. HIPAA Secure Now! is offering our readers Free HIPAA Security Training.

Colocation America – Colocation America has been supporting us for 2 years. It’s no surprise that more and more companies are looking to outsource their hosting to a HIPAA compliant hosting solution. Healthcare companies don’t want to be in the hosting business. They want to be in the healthcare business. So, working with a company like Colocation America for their HIPAA compliant hosting needs just makes sense.

A massive thank you to all the companies that support the work we do. We look forward to seeing many from the EMR and HIPAA community at HIMSS in Chicago and then at the Health IT Marketing and PR conference in Vegas.

Happy New Year! 2014 EMR and HIPAA Stats Report

Posted on January 2, 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.

Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope that everyone has had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Today I saw a tweet of my 2012 EMR and HIPAA Stats Report and I decided it would be fun to do the same report again for 2014. In fact, I should probably do this on all of the Healthcare Scene blogs each year. It would definitely tell a great story.

Here are some interesting stats I got from a report on EMR and HIPAA for 2014.

In 2014, we published 282 new posts on EMR and HIPAA, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,182 posts.

EMR and HIPAA was viewed about 1,600,000 times in 2014. The busiest day of the year was December 20th with 14,522 views.

I always find my list of top posts for 2014 ironic since they often are posts from previous years. However, you can see why the top posts are still interesting in 2014:
1. Windows XP Won’t Be HIPAA Compliant April 8, 2014
2. Crazy and Funny ICD-10 Codes
3. 2014 EHR Mandate
4. EHR Certification Flexibility Final Rule Commentary and Analysis
5. 6 Healthcare Incubators Growing the Future of HealthTech

I’m particularly proud of the Windows XP is a HIPAA violation post. It’s an important post since it could save a lot of organizations a lot of money in HIPAA penalties and the embarrassment of HIPAA violations.

EMR and HIPAA has had visitors from 185 countries in all, but the US is far and away the top readership. Thanks to the 2,028 views that came from Italy (sorry, I have an Italy bias addiction in case you didn’t know).

I hope you enjoyed the stats and thanks for reading! Here’s to a wonderful 2015!

Healthcare IT Marketing

Posted on November 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.

I’m excited to tell you that we’ve officially announced the 2nd Annual Health IT Marketing and PR Conference happening May 7-8, 2015 in Las Vegas. We’ll do a full post in the future describing all the details, or you can check out the HITMC conference website for many of the details as well. It’s going to be the greatest gathering of healthcare marketing and PR executives that’s ever been done. People’s response to the first event has been amazing and I believe what we have planned for the second year will be even better. We hope we’ll see you there.

Here at EMR and HIPAA, we continue to grow and reach amazing new milestones. We just passed 10 Million pageviews on just EMR and HIPAA. We’ve done 2142 blog posts and you’ve contributed 9598 comments during that same time. Plus, I’m really excited that the Healthcare Scene blog network has over 29,500 Healthcare Scene email subscribers. I appreciate every reader that trusts us to provide thought leadership on the healthcare IT industry. We’ll keep doing everything we can to provide you value every day.

As part of our regular content, we’ve been working really hard on a number of amazing sponsored blog post series. They’ve been very well received by readers. I previously highlighted the content series that have been sponsored by Medical Management Corporation of America and The Breakaway Group. I’m sure that many of you have also enjoyed the recently started Cost Effective EHR Workflow Series that’s being sponsored by ClinicSpectrum. I’m looking forward to the amazing content these sponsored series provide readers.

Since our last post recognizing companies who support the work we do, we’ve had all of these great companies renew their sponsorships:
Ambir – Advertising since 1/2010
Cerner – Advertising since 9/2011
Canon – Advertising since 10/2012
gMed – Advertising since 8/2013
Colocation America – Advertising since 10/2013
Modernizing Medicine – Advertising since 1/2014

I’m extremely proud of those advertisers who’ve supported us for such a long time. Hard for me to believe that Ambir, for example, is about to reach their 5 year mark advertising on EMR and HIPAA.

A big thanks also goes out to our new sponsors. If you enjoy the content we create, take a minute to check out these companies and see if they can help you in your business:

HIPAA Secure Now! – I’ve written regularly about the need to do a proper HIPAA Risk Assessment in order to avoid any HIPAA penalties and to meet the meaningful use requirements. While you can do the HIPAA risk assessment in house, there’s some real value in having someone outside your organization being the one doing the HIPAA Risk Assessment. Avoids a conflict of interest. If you’re looking for someone to help you with your MU risk assessment, check out what HIPAA Secure Now has to offer.

Blue Horseshoe Network – I think their ad says it all. “Just Call Justina” if you need support for your EHR Go-Live, EHR Training or EHR optimization support. I’ve had a chance to interact with Justina myself and she’s got a lot of energy and passion for the work she does. Check out what Justina and Blue Horseshoe Network can do to help you in your EHR efforts.

Canon – You’ll see that Canon was listed in our renewing advertisers, but I wanted to highlight them here as well since they just started a big email sponsorship campaign with us. Canon is doing a lot of work to bring their fully integrated scanning solutions to healthcare organizations. We appreciate their support of our site and now our email lists as well.

You can get more details on how to get your company added to this list of EMR and HIPAA supporters. Just drop us a note on our contact us page. We’re happy to talk with you and your company about our sponsored content, display ads, email marketing, and webinar options. I think you’ll be impressed by the fully integrated email, SEO, display, and social marketing campaigns we provide.

2000+ EMR and HIPAA Blog Posts and 9.5 Million Pageviews Later

Posted on May 22, 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.

We just passed 2000 blog posts on EMR and HIPAA (officially this is blog post #2009) and we’re right at 9.5 million pageviews since we first started this blog. Plus, to round out the numbers, we just passed 12,000 (officially 12,065) comments on the blog as well. I’m honestly not really sure how to process these numbers. Not to mention that nearly 5000 email subscribers get their “daily cup of EMR and HIPAA” in their inbox 6-7 days a week.

Over the years we’ve had a number of writers contribute amazing content to the site, but most of our regular writers contribute to another Healthcare Scene website like EMR and EHR. I’ve generally reserved EMR and HIPAA for the content that I write and so 1705 of the blog posts were written by me. Not too bad for a little over 8 years of writing. I think I’ve accomplished some good.

Every 3-6 months I like to also take a minute to thank the sponsors who support the work we do here at EMR and HIPAA. Without them, I wouldn’t have the time to do what I do and provide the value that we provide the readers of EMR and HIPAA.

Key Sponsors
At the core of supporting our website has always been our sponsors who put up their advertising on the site. Take a look at these companies who’ve sponsored the site and see if one of them can help you and your organization:

Ambir – Advertising since 1/2010 – If you’re looking for a workgroup scanner for your organization take a look at Ambir’s scanners. I have one on my desk at home and it’s worked great. Plus, Ambir is expanding what they do beyond scanners. At HIMSS I saw a demo of their new forms program for tablets that is really slick. You can basically take any paper form and make it so you can write on top of it. It’s a really slick product. I know they’re still adding a few features to the product. Once it’s out in the wild, I’ll do another post about it with more details.

Cerner – Advertising since 9/2011 – I really don’t think anyone needs an introduction to Cerner EHR. The Cerner Ambulatory EHR team has advertised with us for a very long time. One of the things that I find most exciting about the Cerner ambulatory EHR product is their mobile interface. It has some slick features and I think we’re just getting started with optimizing EHRs on tablets and other mobile devices.

Canon – Advertising since 10/2012 – Another company that really doesn’t need an introduction other than to say that this is the Canon scanners, not the Canon cameras. I have a Canon scanner on my desk at work and it’s worked wonderfully well for me. It saves me so much time to have a real workhorse of a scanner. A scanner is one of those essential EHR peripherals and that won’t likely change for a long time to come.

gMed – Advertising since 8/2013 – If you’re in gastroenterology, then you need to take a minute to check out gMed. I recently did a demo and I was particularly impressed with their Endoscopy Report Writer. I loved the way it integrated with external devices and the EHR for easy documentation. Along with being an advertiser, gMed has also invited me to be the keynote speaker at the gMed Summit 2014 (the gMed user group event). I’m really excited to share my insights into the future of EMR and healthcare IT with the gMed users. Those working in gastro should also download this gMed whitepaper: Independent Gastroenterology: A Look into the Future.

interfaceMD – Advertising since 9/2013 – Better than me trying to explain what makes the interfaceMD EHR unique, check out this video interview I did with Joel Kanick, interfaceMD’s founder. The video really shows what a unique approach they take to EHR. I’d describe their approach to EHR a little like having a private butler or concierge service at a hotel. They want to make everything as easy as possible for you and if something’s wrong they’ll take the blame for everything. I think it’s a smart approach that resonates with many doctors.

Colocation America – Advertising since 10/2013 – The demand for HIPAA compliant cloud hosting is only going up and up. Whether you’re a small practice, a large organization, a startup company or a publicly traded healthcare IT organization, you likely need a HIPAA compliant host. Colocation offers a wide variety of options for you to choose from.

Modernizing Medicine – Advertising since 1/2014 – I’ve written a number of articles that describe the Modernizing Medicine EHR much better than I do. Check out their unique EHR interface and their approach to ICD-10 (which I guess will now have to wait another year to be really valuable). I’ll be doing an interview on Thursday next week with Modernizing Medicine’s CEO, Daniel Cane and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sherling to talk about their new integration between IBM’s Watson with their EHR. Watch the @ehrandhit Twitter account for all the details.

VM Racks – Advertising since 1/2014 – Another HIPAA compliant host you should consider for your hosting needs. One thing I love about VM Racks is that they offer a free 30 day trial of their hosting. What better way to know if they offer a quality service or not than to try it for 30 days?

Quirk Healthcare – Advertising since 3/2014 – While Quirk Healthcare is a newer advertiser, the Founder of Quirk Healthcare advertised with us at his previous EHR consulting company as well. I know they originally cut their teeth on NextGen EHR, but their website says they’ve helped 100 providers go live in 4 months and generated over $2 million in meaningful use payments. They also blog regularly and put on webinars with the latest on meaningful use. When the ICD-10 delay happened they were one of the first that wrote about it. When meaningful use stage 2 was delayed, they were on top of it. I love that about them.

You can get more details on how to get your company added to this list of EMR and HIPAA supporters. Just drop us a note on our contact us page.

Whitepaper Portal
Along with our key sponsors that support the site, a few months back we launched our Healthcare IT whitepaper portal. It’s done phenomenally well as thousands of people have downloaded relevant whitepapers that can help them do their job better. For example, you’ve probably seen me mention this whitepaper that covers the 6 Reality Checks of HIPAA Compliance.

We’re working with a bunch more companies to get some more high quality whitepapers on the portal. So, watch for those in the future. Plus, we’re looking at sharing a few Healthcare Scene specific ones as well. If you’re a company that has an amazing whitepaper, feel free to reach out to us to learn about how you can get it on our portal.

Content Series
We’ve also started doing a number of special blog post series on EMR and HIPAA that are sponsored by the Medical Management Corporation of America and The Breakaway Group. I’ve really enjoyed both of these blog post series and it really shows the depth of knowledge that both companies possess. I really love this content sponsorship model where a company with extraordinary expertise can share their knowledge and experience with the EMR and HIPAA audience while they build some recognition for their companies. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

Reader Thanks
Thanks to everyone who reads the site regularly. We couldn’t do what you do without your support as well. We have some of the best readers on the planet. They’re not afraid to share their wisdom, correct us when we’re wrong and improve healthcare as we know it. I’m looking forward to the next 2000 blog posts!

9 Million EMR and HIPAA Pageviews – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted on February 14, 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 hope you’ll indulge me for a moment as I get a bit nostalgic. Yesterday, EMR and HIPAA just passed the 9 million pageview mark. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed! When I look at that number, I really can’t quite process what it means. When I first started blogging, I would track and celebrate my blogging traffic milestones pretty regularly. I don’t do it much anymore, but 9 million seemed worth of a few moments to reminisce.

On May 5, 2006, I celebrated reaching 30,000 EMR visitors. I described myself as thrilled, and I assure you that I was incredibly thrilled that so many people were reading my blog. How ironic that I said, “It’s amazing to me that I have gone from 0 to 30,000 so fast.” Maybe that’s why I’m utterly amazed to think that what initially took me 5 months of blogging, I now do in a week. The last line of the post really strikes me, “Who would have thought I’d love EMR so much?” That still rings true 8 years and thousands of MR posts later. I do love EMR.

I still feel the same gratitude for readers that I expressed in that post as well. I really can’t think about it too much without getting a little choked up. I often tell people that I don’t consider what I do work, because I love it so much. Hearing from readers who’ve found my blog posts valuable is a wonderful feeling that I hope to have for the rest of my life.

I’m also lucky to work with such amazing, talented, and wonderful writers. Everyone always asks me how I manage 15 blogs. My answer is always simple: “I have a lot of help from a lot of great writers.” I consider all of my writers not only my colleagues, but my friends. If you want to know why I love HIMSS so much, it’s because I get to be with and learn from my fellow bloggers and readers.

I’m excited to see where Healthcare Scene will go next. It’s been incredibly fun and exciting for me to integrate Healthcare IT Central into the Healthcare Scene network. Working with Gwen on that has been a wonderful experience and I’m lucky to have someone so great on my team. I’ve been inspired by the support everyone’s given me as I’ve organized the inaugural Health IT Marketing and PR Conference. I can’t wait to see everyone in Las Vegas.

Finally, thank you to some really amazing advertisers who have supported the work we do here for many years. I never thought I’d be a blogger when I grew up. I never thought I’d be a full time blogger, but I sure glad I am. I really appreciate all the advertisers who’ve made it possible. I hope we can continue to deliver great results for them.

Now for some fun EMR and HIPAA stats for those still reading:

  • 9,008,190 pageviews
  • 4,768 daily email subscribers
  • 1,926 blog posts
  • 8,875 comments
  • 11 bloggers (not counting some amazing guest bloggers)

Now, on to the next 9 million!