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Healthcare IT From the Mouth of Babes

Posted on May 10, 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.

A little Fun Friday post to get you started for the weekend. This past week was Take Your Child to Work Day. This is always an interesting thing for me since I work from home. However, I usually try and head out to one of the local Las Vegas tech startup hangouts so my kids can see some other people I work with.

This time I decided to put my son to work a little bit. I had him on the iPad following some people on Twitter. It was fun to see him working.

As we started to work my son asked me, “What DO you do for work dad?” I knew that sooner or later this question would be coming since I mostly work from home. I responded, “I’m a blogger.” My son replied, “Oh, I told my class you were a typist.” I guess my son’s teacher had asked those planning to go to work with their parents what their parents did. He was right about me typing. It’s a pretty fundamental part of my job and really the only visible part of my work from his perspective.

I then went on to explain to my son a little bit more about what I did for my job. I told him that I wrote about how doctors can keep track of their patients on the computer. My son then responded, “That’s kind of weird that a doctor would write on paper…and then give it to a bird to deliver it, but you’d have to train the birds. That’s how they use to do it.” Sadly, he’s not that far from the truth.

From the mouth of babes indeed. Looks like I need to spend a little more time teaching them what I do for work. Although, I was grateful for the good laugh. I hope you enjoyed it as well.

Now I’m going back to work as a “typist” so I can write about doctors switching from pigeon chart delivery to electronic exchange of charts.

One EMR Blogger Down

Posted on February 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.

The EMR blogging world is pretty small. There really aren’t that many of us that write about EMR. There are quite a few blogs that will occasionally write about EMR, but very few that give really good practical advice on EMR implementations.

Well, today I was happy to notice that EMR and HIPAA was listed first on a search for EMR Blogs, and as I looked through the list I saw a lot of really great blogs that I enjoy. One of my favorites from all the way back when I first started blogging as an EMR blog by Dr. Griever.

Michelle, or Dr. Griever if you prefer, was amazingly detailed in her analysis of what she experienced during an EMR implementation. Her initial blogs were a really strong influence on my EMR blogging. I just hoped that I could offer the same sort of detailed analysis and clarity that she did. She was so well written I even forgave her for being Canadian (which isn’t really a problem except for the differences in medicine/insurance).

So, I was sad to come across her blog again today and find a post entitled “Signing Off.” No doubt publishing a blog is a lot of work, so I understand the need to be refocused, but I will miss Michelle’s insights into EMR implementations. She did EMR implementation the right way. My only regret now is that I didn’t read and participate on her blog more regularly. Here’s a portion of what she’s accomplished and some insights from the experience:

The EMR has now been implemented; my practice has been redesigned to meet goals for patient access (wait times for appointments are now routinely same day or next available clinic day; time sitting in the waiting room is <1/2 hour, we use email with patients), quality (routine measurement and monitoring, regular team meetings), and efficiency. We work as an interdisciplinary team now; these are not just “buzz words”, we actually are doing it.

All of us in this primary care team have traveled far along the road to better care for our patients in the past four years, and the EMR has been a key part of this redesign. We will not stop, but I do feel that a large part of the work has now been done. The key issue remaining is that those of us using EMRs continue to function as electronic islands in a sea of paper and systemic inefficiency. We cannot change this from our practices; such a change will take leadership and vision from the people managing our health care system.

The good news is that Michelle will be working on researching EMR implementation and use. I look forward to seeing the research she produces.