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Happy Fourth of July

Posted on July 4, 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.

I know not all those that read this site are in the US, but I and many readers do. So, to those of you who are celebrating this day like me, Happy Fourth of July. Mine unfortunately started out with rain which cancelled our traditional Fourth of July hike to one of my favorite places in the world. Although, I must admit that the idea of doing this somewhat difficult hike is getting harder to consider as I get older. It was definitely mixed emotions when it was cancelled since my family has been doing the hike since my mom was a little girl. So, I like to carry on traditions.

In fact, the same is true with my blogs. I’m a creature of habit and I love traditions. You’ve probably seen this in what I write. There’s something really valuable about having traditions. The first couple years don’t have as much meaning, but 5 and 10 years it’s always fun to look back. Of course, I’m also not against getting rid of traditions that don’t serve a purpose. You keep doing it as long as you enjoy it. Otherwise, you cut it out and create new traditions.

I was having a conversation a couple days ago about the work I do. As most mother’s do, she was complimenting me on how smart and talented I am. No wonder I love her so much. Although, after the compliment she said, “I’m really glad you’re working in healthcare and not some other industry.” She was glad that I was in an industry that could provide real value to those who use it (which is everyone). Hopefully that I do indeed have an impact for good on healthcare. That’s definitely my goal and has been since I started working in the industry.

In fact, I think we should all be grateful that we’re able to work in an industry that can literally save lives. That can’t be said for a lot of industries. So, I feel really blessed to be able to work in healthcare. Plus, I love that I live in a country where there are such things as freedom of press. I don’t have to worry that some government entity will be angry if I post my thoughts and opinions. That’s a beautiful thing and something I often take for granted.

Plus, each of these holidays I’m always aware of all the wonderful healthcare professionals who are spending their holiday at work. My heart goes out to you and your family for the sacrifices you make for those who will be in need of your care today. I hope that all goes well with the fireworks and I won’t need your services today.

Regardless of where you are today, let’s all take a moment to be grateful we work in healthcare and can impact many people’s lives for good.

Happy 4th of July

Posted on July 4, 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.

Hopefully none of my regular readers that I basically took today off. I was busy all day enjoying time with family. My wife is pregnant and due in a few weeks and so I took our other kids away to the grandparents so they could enjoy the 4th of July and give my wife a nice break from the craziness of children. I’m a very lucky man.

What makes this day even more sweet is when I consider how many readers of this website didn’t have the day off. I can’t imagine the number of horrific scenes play out in hospitals around the country today. I’m grateful to those dedicated healthcare workers who sacrifice so much for the rest of us.

A big thank you from EMR and HIPAA to those in healthcare that took time away from family to help other families who needed their help.

Happy Independence Day

Posted on July 4, 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.

I hope that everyone is enjoying this wonderful Fourth of July. I know I’ve had a great day so far and we’re gearing up to head to KFC and enjoy some fireworks with friends. Should be a great evening if the kids don’t get too cranky along the way.

It has been a great day for me to remember how lucky I am to live in this wonderful country. There are plenty of things that are messed up in this country, but over all the freedoms we enjoy and benefits of living in America far outweigh the down sides.

As I typed in the title of this post, I wondered what other things do I wish had their freedom when it came to the EMR world.

First thing that came to mind was data independence. How beautiful would it be if our healthcare data was independent. I’m sure the ePatients out there would love to have access to their patient data. I think they’ve made some great progress in this regard, but our systems still need to get to the point that healthcare data independence is an even bigger reality.

I also couldn’t think about the doctors that are held hostage by unscrupulous EHR vendors who are taking them for whatever money they can while they hold a doctor’s data hostage. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever wanted to leave one EMR vendor to go to another. There are some EHR vendors who do a great job of this, but most of them are terrible. Yes, most of them are large companies who are more worried about numbers than they are customers. Thus, the results aren’t pretty. Of course, the great companies out there realize the benefits of making the data available to users. Not to mention the trust that’s built with a customer when they know they could leave any time they want. That kind of customer first focus will carry through to all of the other features of the software. We need more data independence from EHR vendors.

I recently wrote a post on EMR and EHR about Technology Flourishing without the Chains of Insurance. I’m not sure if complete independence from the insurance companies is the right approach, but we need to allow more doctors to be free to be doctors. They need to have more independence from the insurance company requirements and more concerned about the health of patients. I’m not sure how we get there from here, but I applaud those many doctors who do this in the face of perverse financial incentives.

I’m sure there are many more. Let me know your thoughts about independence day and I hope you enjoy the holiday.