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EMR Customizations, Private Docs at HIMSS, and Solo Docs Going EHR

Posted on September 16, 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 I think I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working on a redesign of my websites. The good news is that the redesign is basically complete. Sometime this next week (maybe sooner) I’m going to roll out the new design for all to enjoy. Yes, it’s only taken me 6.5 years to finally put a new design together. I like to say that I hate messing with something that works. I’m sure my critics will say…It’s about time. They’re of course right. Although, don’t get too excited. I believe it’s a huge step forward, but should still feel very familiar to regular readers.

UPDATE: I decided to just implement the new look and feel. If you’re reading this in a feed reader or by email, be sure to click through and check out the new threads on EMR and HIPAA.

Enough about that. Now, let’s take a look at our regular weekend roundup of interesting EMR tweets.


I wish that this tweet had some context. The idea of EMR customizations is an important one and I should probably cover it some more in future posts. The reality of EMR customizations is that every doctor wants it customized perfectly for them and very few of them want to spend the time doing it. That’s the hard problem that EHR vendors have in front of them.


I’m sure Bryan Vartabedian and Ron Hekier would love HIMSS. Particularly Bryan Vartabedian. However, they should be careful where they expect to get the most value. They’ll be overwhelmed by the number of vendor booths. They’ll be underwhelmed by the sessions. They’ll love the interactions with healthcare IT colleagues.


Interesting look at why this solo doc likes his EMR. His five reasons: The EMR is something new, Better Communication, Submitting claims, Documentation, and Patient engagement. I think the key takeaway from this article is that most doctors undervalue the little things that an EMR can do to make their life better.

Meaningful EHR Customization

Posted on December 7, 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.

Curt Rosinski offered some really good advice on a previous meaningful use post for those doctors who are evaluating EHR software and the customization features that they offer:

The thing all potential consumers should keep in mind when buying an EHR, EMR or any medical management software is this; the more out-of-the-box the product is, the less customization the product is capable of. Customization in this case being meaningful customization, not screen color or placement of toolbar.

I’m not sure I agree completely that the more out-of-the box the product is, the less customization will be available. This could be the case, but EHR vendors can make it so you can customize everything in the EHR while still preserving a great out-of-the-box EHR experience.

However, the second comment was even more interesting to me. I’m always amazed how some people evaluating an EHR get so annoyed by the color of a window or get so enamored by the size of the font. I’m not saying that the color of the window and size of the font aren’t important. They can be really important in improving the usability of the software. However, if those things are so important to the usability of the system, then they shouldn’t likely make those things part of the customization preference package.

The idea of meaningful EHR customizations is a good one. Look for the EHR that does a great job balancing the out-of-the box EHR implementation experience while still making lots of customizations possible, because you can be sure that 6 months into your EMR implementation you’ll be ready to look at ways to really maximize the use of your EHR.