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Which EHR Are Available for Education?

Posted on August 10, 2015 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 remember 5 or more years ago writing about the need for EHR software to be available as part of a healthcare IT and medical education. Adding EHR education to a medical education is a much larger question we won’t discuss here (Where would you fit it?), but there’s a need for EHR software to be available for those in education.

This came to mind recently for two reasons. First, someone reached out to me to ask if there was an EHR that they could use as part of an EHR course that they’d created. It had been so long since I’d thought of the subject, I couldn’t remember the exact programs that were out there. I vaguely remembered Practice Fusion having a program (makes sense that a Free EHR would make their EHR available to education) for education and someone else (maybe Amazing Charts?). I’ve also known a number of the ONC funded community college programs using some form of Vista (the free open source EHR) in their program. However, I’d heard some bad reviews from people who had that experience. My guess is that they used a plain vanilla install of Vista and that wouldn’t likely mimic the real world.

Since the answer to my friend was pretty awful, I told her that I’d blog about it and see if there were other EHR vendors who would be willing to offer their EHR as part of an EHR course or other education endeavor. Just drop a comment on this post or let me know on the contact us page if you’d like me to connect you with my friend.

The second reason this was of interest to me is that one of my heroes (spiritual, business, and life) is now the President of a business college. I recently got a chance to have lunch with him and he asked about whether they should create a program that taught healthcare technology. They already had a medical coding course and wondered if health IT would be a good place to expand.

My answer to him was simple. If he could convince Epic or Cerner to let his students come away with an Epic or Cerner certification, then he should go for it. My only partial concern was that these graduates would come away with an Epic or Cerner certification, but only an associates degree. That might cause a problem for healthcare HR departments which often have Bachelor’s degree as a requirement to work at the hospital. I think most HR departments at hospitals would be perplexed how someone was Epic certified, but didn’t have a bachelor’s degree. However, they could probably work something out.

Having run the Healthcare IT Central job board for a number of years now, I know first hand the value of an Epic or Cerner certification. Is there another EHR certification (or experience) that’s really valuable and sought after out there? MEDITECH probably comes the closest. There is still quite a bit of demand for that expertise. Are there others you’re having problems filling?

Let me look at this another way. Which EHR systems would be valuable as part of an EHR course? Is the knowledge general enough that you could work on most of the EHR systems and switch to the next system? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

No doubt, demand for experience in these various EHR systems is going to be high. Although, what’s the right pathway for someone new to healthcare IT or new to EHR? Should we be training new health IT professionals in schools on these EHR? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Healthcare IT Career Resources

Posted on August 26, 2014 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.

About 10 months ago, we added Healthcare IT Central to the Healthcare Scene family of healthcare IT websites. It’s been a really amazing addition to the network and I’ve been amazed at the thousands of people that have been able to find health IT jobs thanks to Healthcare IT Central. I love blogging because you get the direct interaction with readers, but there’s a really amazing feeling that comes when you play some small role in helping someone find a job.

The other great part about the addition of Healthcare IT Central is the related Healthcare IT Today career blog. If you’re not reading that site, we just added it to our Healthcare Scene email subscription lists so you can receive the latest posts in your email inbox.

Just to give you a little flavor of the type of content we’ve been posting on Healthcare IT Today, we asked the questions, “Has There Been an EHR Consulting Slow Down?” and “Who’s More Satisfied – Full Time Health IT Professionals or Health IT Consultants?” Plus, we even posted really interesting data like a look at the Epic Salary and Bonus structure. Then, since it is a healthcare IT career website, we cover things like LinkedIn tips and LinkedIn as a professional or personal profile.

If you’re someone looking for a healthcare IT job or looking for a better healthcare IT job, we have hundreds of health IT jobs available. You might also check out Cordea Consulting, ESD, and Greythorn that recently posted jobs with us.

If those jobs aren’t your style we have other jobs like this Sales Account Executive at EHR vendor, gMed, or these system analyst jobs at Hathaway-Sycamores Child Family Services and Pentucket Medical.

If you’re an employer looking for amazing healthcare IT professionals, you can register for the site and post your jobs or search our database of over 12,000 active health IT resumes.

Hopefully some of these health IT career resources are helpful to readers of EMR and HIPAA. One thing that’s universal in healthcare is the need to find a job or hire the right talent. Hopefully we’re doing are part to help both sides of the coin.

Health IT Workforce Shortage Poll

Posted on April 30, 2014 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.

Over on our Healthcare IT job board, we deal with the question of the Healthcare IT workforce shortage all the time. Although, the question of a shortage is a hard once since finding the right people to hire is always hard. Plus, in this artificially stimulated EHR adoption environment, of course many of the resources are tapped out.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Are you able to find all the talented healthcare IT people you need? Is there a shortage? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, but at least vote in the poll below.

9 Million EMR and HIPAA Pageviews – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted on February 14, 2014 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 you’ll indulge me for a moment as I get a bit nostalgic. Yesterday, EMR and HIPAA just passed the 9 million pageview mark. Happy Valentine’s Day indeed! When I look at that number, I really can’t quite process what it means. When I first started blogging, I would track and celebrate my blogging traffic milestones pretty regularly. I don’t do it much anymore, but 9 million seemed worth of a few moments to reminisce.

On May 5, 2006, I celebrated reaching 30,000 EMR visitors. I described myself as thrilled, and I assure you that I was incredibly thrilled that so many people were reading my blog. How ironic that I said, “It’s amazing to me that I have gone from 0 to 30,000 so fast.” Maybe that’s why I’m utterly amazed to think that what initially took me 5 months of blogging, I now do in a week. The last line of the post really strikes me, “Who would have thought I’d love EMR so much?” That still rings true 8 years and thousands of MR posts later. I do love EMR.

I still feel the same gratitude for readers that I expressed in that post as well. I really can’t think about it too much without getting a little choked up. I often tell people that I don’t consider what I do work, because I love it so much. Hearing from readers who’ve found my blog posts valuable is a wonderful feeling that I hope to have for the rest of my life.

I’m also lucky to work with such amazing, talented, and wonderful writers. Everyone always asks me how I manage 15 blogs. My answer is always simple: “I have a lot of help from a lot of great writers.” I consider all of my writers not only my colleagues, but my friends. If you want to know why I love HIMSS so much, it’s because I get to be with and learn from my fellow bloggers and readers.

I’m excited to see where Healthcare Scene will go next. It’s been incredibly fun and exciting for me to integrate Healthcare IT Central into the Healthcare Scene network. Working with Gwen on that has been a wonderful experience and I’m lucky to have someone so great on my team. I’ve been inspired by the support everyone’s given me as I’ve organized the inaugural Health IT Marketing and PR Conference. I can’t wait to see everyone in Las Vegas.

Finally, thank you to some really amazing advertisers who have supported the work we do here for many years. I never thought I’d be a blogger when I grew up. I never thought I’d be a full time blogger, but I sure glad I am. I really appreciate all the advertisers who’ve made it possible. I hope we can continue to deliver great results for them.

Now for some fun EMR and HIPAA stats for those still reading:

  • 9,008,190 pageviews
  • 4,768 daily email subscribers
  • 1,926 blog posts
  • 8,875 comments
  • 11 bloggers (not counting some amazing guest bloggers)

Now, on to the next 9 million!

Healthcare IT Central Holiday Video

Posted on December 22, 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 hope everyone’s enjoying the holidays. Having Christmas on a Wednesday is a little odd. It basically makes you not want to work all week. We’ll see how that plays out. I know I’m going to have a hard time staying motivated to work this week.

As we usually do, we wanted to highlight some of the various health IT jobs from Healthcare IT Central. However, first I thought I’d share this fun Healthcare IT Central Holiday video that Gwen made:

Now, if you’re at home from work this holiday season and looking for a new or improved job, check out some of these popular ones:
Epic EHR Jobs
Cerner EHR Jobs
Sorian Jobs
MEDITECH Jobs
Medical Coder Jobs

EMR and EHR Jobs

Posted on December 8, 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.

We’re back again with our weekend Healthcare IT Central jobs post. Healthcare IT Central recently passed a really amazing milestone. The HIT Central jobs newsletter now gets sent to over 14,000 health IT professionals (See this week’s newsletter for an example). When I look through the list of people who read the newsletter, I’m in awe at the quality of professionals on the list.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when I look at the quality of jobs listed on the site. Not to mention the companies behind those jobs. Check out the Healthcare IT Central mini job site for these 3 companies to see what I mean:

If you’re looking for a particular type of Health IT job, you can always use this Health IT jobs search page. Also, here’s a list of links to some of our most popular search terms:

As always, I love to hear your feedback on the site.

Epic Jobs, Cerner Jobs, Project Management Jobs, and More

Posted on November 24, 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.

As we posted about previously, Healthcare IT Central is now a part of the Healthcare Scene network. It’s been really exciting the past couple weeks seeing the two organizations merge together. Plus, I’ve been really impacted by the great work that Gwen has put in to create such an amazing healthcare IT job resource. I have to admit that looking at the various jobs posted and people applying for those jobs tugs at my heartstrings a bit. Seeing a company that’s able to fill a job they need to fill and seeing people find a job or a better job is incredibly satisfying.

Every other week, we’re going to take a minute on the weekend to highlight some of the EMR, EHR and Healthcare IT jobs that are listed on Healthcare IT central. Of course, you can always search the entire database of Healthcare IT jobs as well.

Here are a few of the recently posted Healthcare IT jobs:

Of course, those are just a few of the many EMR jobs that are listed on the site. Here are a few links which will always stay updated with the latest jobs posted for some of the most popular categories of jobs.

I certainly have a lot to learn when it comes to the Healthcare IT and EHR career space. I love to hear stories, experiences, and thoughts from those of you working in the space as well.

Got Healthcare IT Jobs? We Do…Now

Posted on November 13, 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.

When I first started blogging 8 years ago, I never thought I’d become a full time blogger. 8 years and 6000 blog posts later, it’s safe to say that blogging is a big part of my life. In fact, I’ll probably be a blogger until the day I die. If you asked me a month ago what I could do for organizations looking for healthcare IT talent or individuals seeking healthcare IT jobs, I wouldn’t have much to offer beyond advertising. Today, that all changes.

I’m really excited to announce Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today are now part of the Healthcare Scene family of health IT websites. You fan find the full announcement press release on EMR and EHR News.

I can’t tell you enough how exciting it is for me to start working with Gwen Darling, the founder and creator of Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today (Check out her thoughts on the acquisition here). Anyone that’s worked with Gwen or Healthcare IT Central knows how much she cares about those who’ve used Healthcare IT Central to find jobs or fill positions. Much like me, she takes a personal interest in so many members of her community. It’s thrilling to think about how Gwen and I together can help even more people find their dream jobs at the top healthcare companies.

Check out a few of the Healthcare IT Central stats that illustrate the size of the healthcare IT community Gwen created:
-9000+ Recent and Relevant Healthcare IT Resumes
-14,000+ eNewsletter Subscribers
-16,000+ Job Seekers Registered – Upload Your Resume
-750 Registered Employers – Post Your Jobs

On Healthcare IT Central, you can search for health IT jobs from top companies such as Beacon Partners, First Choice Professionals, Cipe Consulting Group, CTG Healthcare, Holland Square Group, Healthcare IS, and many others. Plus, I’m really excited that since Gwen and I started to working together, we’ve already added top health IT consulting companies ESD, Encore Health Resources, and Cordea Consulting and we’re just getting started.

The Healthcare IT Today blog is also a really impressive resource. Since January 2010, 18 of the top healthcare IT career professionals have created 504 posts. For example, take a look at a few of the top blog posts about Epic Certification (150 comments) and becoming a healthcare IT consultant.

What does this mean for Healthcare Scene? For most readers you won’t see much difference. We’re still planning to offer the same great content we’ve been creating for years. However, with the addition of the large Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today community, we’ll hopefully get even more engaging discussions in the comments from a larger variety of voices.

Plus, I know that there are many in the Healthcare Scene community that are either trying to find better jobs, looking for jobs, or looking to hire qualified health IT professionals. We’ve added a widget in the sidebar of each website for easy access to the latest Healthcare IT Central jobs. You might have also noticed some jobs being posted to our various social media channels. We’ll continue to look for ways to integrate all of the websites in tasteful ways.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new additions to the family. We’re really excited by what we’ve already been able to accomplish and we’re just getting started. Plus, I feel lucky that Gwen is sticking around to continue running the site. I’m excited to work alongside her and learn from her. Let us know what else we can do to make sure we are the premiere destination for healthcare IT.