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Dating EHR vs Marriage

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As most of you know, I’m very fond of relating EMR to other parts of life (see marriage and divorce, pregnancy, marriage for money, weight loss, and Katherine posted a Lady or the Tiger one that I enjoyed to name a few). I think we can learn a lot from the comparisons. Plus, it makes the lesson memorable when it’s illustrated with a great analogy. Now you’ll know why I loved the following LinkedIn comment from Danny Lieberman. It’s in response to my post titled Hospital EHR Sales Not About Customer Satisfaction.

I remember from my days running a software development house, we had just finished a big installation at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. We had put our hearts into the implementation and post-installation support – the CIO and hospital GM were happy and that is saying a lot because the GM was one of toughest cookies we ever met.

In parallel, we were romancing another client and since were so focused on Hadassah, the attention they got was sub-optimal.

I will never forget the CIO telling me “Danny – if this the kind of attention you give me while we’re dating, what will our relationship look like after we get married?”

This is key. Health IT vendors need to think long term and not just Obama first-term.

Remembering that the pre-sale phase is just a date or 2 or 3. After you make the sale – you have to live together, make ends meet, have a happy, successful and prosperous relationship.

It’s a great concept to think about with an EHR vendor. You may treat me great when we’re “EHR Dating”, but how are you going to treat me once we’re married?

November 8, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.

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

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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.

June 3, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus. Healthcare Scene can be found on Google+ as well.