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IPO Window Open for EHR Vendors

Posted on July 19, 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’m pretty sure that many readers of this site haven’t found my new EMR related website called EMR and EHR Thoughts and so you might have missed the post I did about Greenway Medical filing to go public. This is obviously big news for Greenway, but I also think it’s a sign of things to come. I believe that Greenway is likely the first of many EHR companies that we’ll see go public over the next year or so.

I’m sure that many of you haven’t followed the trends of tech company IPO’s and I’m far from an expert on this. However, the IPO window which was generally closed for tech companies now seems to be open after a number of successful public offerings from tech companies. I’m not sure why it took me so long to realize this, but I believe that we’re going to see a number of IPO’s from the larger privately held EHR companies during this period as well (Don’t be surprised if even Epic can’t resist).

Many people in silicon valley are suggesting that we’re in a startup internet bubble that in some ways is similar to the initial dot com (or bomb if you prefer) bubble. When you look at startup company valuations, I believe this is definitely the case. In some similar ways, we are also in an EHR bubble. However, I don’t believe this EHR bubble is going to pop for a couple years.

The obvious reason we’re in an EHR bubble is the EHR stimulus money. That’s going to continue to hold the EHR bubble up for at least another 2-3 years. Then, the real fun (or sadness depending on your position) is going to start to set in. However, until then HIMSS, MGMA and other EHR related conferences are going to have some really great parties.

We’ll see what the post EHR bubble looks like, but I can see a number of EHR companies enjoying the benefits of an IPO during the current bubble.

List of Webinars on Meaningful Use

Posted on July 15, 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.

Today, I thought it would be interesting to list the meaningful use webinars that I know of and to invite my readers to tell me about other meaningful use webinars that they know about. Just reply in the comments of this post or on the EMR and HIPAA contact us page and I’ll update this post with all the webinars we can find.

Note to Readers: Just be aware that most of the EMR vendor presentations on meaningful use are also a “sales presentation” for that EHR software. Just be prepared to be sold if you attend the EHR company webinars. However, in many cases they can also be great sources of information, because they’ve spent a lot of time in Washington watching the meaningful use process. So, you have to take the good with the bad.

I’ve taken a few minutes to list the ones I knew about and could find quickly. I’ll add more as I hear about them:
Pulse EHR Meaningful Use Webinars – 45-minute webinar summarizing the recently released Meaningful Use requirements from EHR company: Pulse EHR
NextGen EHR Meaningful Use Final Rule Webinar – 60 minute webinar with Charlie Jarvis by EHR company: NextGen
Allscripts EHR Meaningful Use In-Depth Webcasts – Webcast by EHR Company: Allscripts. Also will send you a recorded version if you don’t want to attend live.
Greenway EHR Meaningful Use Web Events 60 minute webinars from Primesuite EHR Vendor: Greenway
HIMSS Meaningful Use Webinar Series – Free for HIMSS members. $79 for non-members.
HealthData Management Final MU Rule Webinar – Panel of Meaningful Use experts
GE Healthcare – Overview of final meaningful use regulations.
Athena Health EHR Webinars – A number of meaningful use webinars and other EHR related webinars.
Official ONC and CMS Conference Call – Covering the various EHR Stimulus programs
Rosemarie Nelson from MGMA on Meaningful Use Final Rule

Please let me know of any other ones that you know about. Thanks!