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Weekend EHR and Meaningful Use Roundup – Justin Barnes #HIMSS12 Edition

Posted on February 19, 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.

It’s Sunday and the excitement to see old friends and hear interesting things at HIMSS 2012 is just around the corner. The #HIMSS12 hashtag is off the charts with people flying into Las Vegas and others talking about what they’re doing, seeing, hearing and expecting from HIMSS Las Vegas.

Most people on Twitter are quite excited for HIMSS (as am I), but a few have said that people won’t be missing much. I thought about it for a minute and realized that the thing I love most about HIMSS is meeting really smart people. With 37,000 people likely to attend HIMSS 2012, there are plenty of smart people to meet and connect with at HIMSS.

Justin Barnes, VP at Greenway Medical, is one of the smart people I like to talk with at HIMSS. Turns out that tonight he was sharing some of that wisdom, information and perspective on Twitter tonight. So, this EMR and Health IT Twitter roundup is the Justin Barnes edition.


I wish he would have broken this out into ambulatory doctors versus hospitals. $3 billion of ~$36 billion projected. I guess they’re expecting a windfall next year?


Is a billion dollars at stake in the ICD-10 delay decision? Regardless of the exact amount, it shows you the magnitude of the ICD-10 delay announcement.


Someone on Twitter asked if it could be delayed past Tuesday. Neil Versel from Meaningful Healthcare IT News answered well: “Never underestimated bureaucracy.”


That’s a little surprising to me that so many Nurses and PA’s got paid so much since they only qualify under Medicaid. I’m glad to hear it.


When the number is totally written out, that’s a lot of 000’s and that’s only millions.

Looking forward to seeing many old friends and making many new friends at HIMSS this week.

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.