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What Good Can We Do?

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I’ve often considered the value that the Healthcare Scene network of blogs and myself provide to the industry. Based on the numerous emails that I get and other interactions, I think overall I feel really good about the impact for good that Healthcare Scene and this blog has had on healthcare IT. I think many people and organizations have been helped by the resources that we share. Plus, I think in many cases we’ve opened up discussions around topics other people don’t seem to want to discuss.

While I love the value that we work to create for our readers every day, I’ve recently gotten a number of emails and messages suggesting that Healthcare Scene could do more and make even more of an impact for good.

I’ve been kicking this around in my head a little bit, but I thought it would be interesting to get readers thoughts on this. In what ways could the Healthcare Scene platform benefit the healthcare IT industry? What ways can we better benefit you as a reader? Are there areas where a blogging platform could do good?

A while back I wrote about the beauty of working in healthcare is that there’s the opportunity to literally save people’s lives. While this is often a tangential result of the work we do, there’s that real opportunity. Although, it was also pointed out that along with the opportunity to save a life, there’s the opportunity to damage someone’s life. Someone even suggested that those working in healthcare IT should have to take the hippocratic oath. While that goes a bit far, we’re all under that important responsibility.

I ask you then, how could we leverage the Healthcare Scene blog network and EMR and HIPAA for good? Where are some places that we can make a difference in healthcare it? I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments, by email or on our contact us page.

May 9, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Healthcare Scene 2014 Annual Survey

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At Healthcare Scene we’re always trying to do what we do better. As part of this effort, we love to get feedback from our users in this annual survey. This helps us know who is reading the HealthcareScene blogs so we can provide the best content possible. Plus, your candid feedback really helps us understand our readers and inspires us to do great work.

If you can take a few minutes and answer these 13 questions, it will be much appreciated. Most of these questions are easy, so it shouldn’t take you more than a minute or two.

February 3, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Health IT Hazards, Selecting the Right EHR, and Withings Wireless Scale – Around Healthcare Scene

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Hospital EMR and EHR

Health IT Stands Out In Health Technology Hazards List

The Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list was recently released by ECRI. And this year, two of the hazards that made the list are health IT related – patient/data mismatches in EHRs and other HIT systems, and, interoperability failures with medical devices and health IT systems. Anne Zeiger predicts that more HIT issues will top this list in the future.

Patients Accessing Online Medical Records Use More Services

A new study revealed something interesting — patients who use online access to medical records are likely to use more clinical services than those who do not. The Journal of the American Medical Association drew this conclusion after studying members of Kaiser. Kaiser has had a patient portal in place since 2006, which made it an ideal candidate for this study.

EMR and EHR

10 Tips for Selecting the Right EHR

In the market for a new EHR? Or perhaps just implementing one? This post highlights 10 tips on selecting the right EHR for your practice, as presented by Insight Data Group. Some of the suggestions include making sure the EHR is easy to use and customized, and use the government’s money to pay for your EHR.

Meaningful Healthcare IT News

Social and Mobile Continue to Converge in Healthcare

An interesting infographic is shown and discussed in this post. It is called “How Health Consumers Engage Online,” and reveals some interesting facts about the digital and health world. According to it, more people in the United States own a smart phone than a tooth brush, and 23 percent of people use social media to follow the health experiences of a friend. This definitely presents some fascinating data that is worth reading.

Smart Phone Health Care

New Withings Wireless Internet Scale Hits the Market

A new scale was recently released, and it does more than just tell a person how much they weigh. It tracks numerous variables, including BMI, and can be synced to various mHealth apps. There is also an app that goes along with the scale as well. It is a bit pricey at over $100, but it definitely “tips the scales” when it comes to scales.

Smart Phone Enabled Thermometer Approved By FDA

The “Raiing” is the newest in smart phone technology. It’s a high-tech, yet easy-to-use, thermometer, designed for iOS devices. It is placed under the armpit, and can actually track a person’s temperature over time. If a temperature reaches a certain number, an alarm will go off on the connected smart phone. This can help give parent’s peace of mind, as a sick child sleeps.

December 2, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Patients and EMRs, EMR Value, and Healthy Food Guide: Around Healthcare Scene

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Hospital EMR and EHR

What do Patients Need From EMRs?

Meaningful Use Stage 3 requires that EMRs be accessible by both patients and providers for comments. This post contains several suggestions for what patient data must include. Some points discussed include links to medical information (to help identify unfamiliar terms), the ability to view information in different views, and mobile access to health information.

Adolescent Data Needs Stronger EMR Protections, Group Says

The AAP recently came out with a statement concerning the protection of adolescents in EMR. They believe that adolescents don’t enjoy the same protection as adults do, and this needs to change. To help with this, the AAP has presented a list of principals that should “govern” EMRs, PHRs, and HIEs. Some of the ideas include creating criteria for EMRs that meed standards for adolescent privacy, and flexibility within standards for protection of privacy for diagnoses, lab tests, etc. These new suggestions will place an added burden on EMR vendors.

EMR and EHR

EMR Value Diminished If Patients Can’t Access Care

A recent study was released that analyzed primary care practices in 10 countries around the world. While it indicated that more US physicians are using EMRs than in the past, a large percentage patients in the US are still struggling to pay for health treatments. This is well-below the numbers from other countries surveyed. This may suggest that even if EMR is in use, it doesn’t really matter if patients can’t afford getting help.

New Healthcare Facility Experiences IT Growing Pains

Jennifer Dennard recently has to visit a new facility in the area in order to treat an illness. She was pleasantly surprised with the facility, and recounts her experience here. However, she discusses some of the IT “growing pains” the facility is experiencing, such as still using paper prescriptions.

Smart Phone Health Care

Healthy Food Guide Uses MyPlate.Gov Standards to Track Calories

There are many mobile food diaries available, and a new one just hit the market. Healthy Food Guide puts a twist on the typical calorie counting idea, and helps its users make sure they are getting enough of each food group. There’s a few glitches here and there that need to be worked out, but it’s a neat little alternative to some of the other diaries out there, because of how simple and to the point it is.

November 18, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Global eHealth Olympics, LifeArmor, and Meaningful Use Stage 3 Draft: Around HealthCare Scene

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Time to take a quick look at some of the interesting posts happening on the other Healthcare Scene blogs. I think you’ll enjoy many of the posts.

EMR and EHR

Would Meaningful Use Go Away Under a Romney Presidency

With the November presidential election quickly approaching, there are many questions floating around. With Mitt Romney’s desire to repeal ObamaCare, some are wondering if he will try and stop HITECH as well. And if so, what is the fate of Meaningful Use.

Global eHealth Olympics

While the 2012 Olympics in London have been on the minds of many across the world for the past two weeks, Blair Butterfield suggested another sort of Olympics — one comparing the health care of different countries. He asks the question, “What if we compared our healthcare system to those of Europe, Asia and the Middle East in terms of areas like integration, communication and population health? How would the U.S. fare?” This post contains ideas for the different “events” that might occur in an eHealth Olympics, as well as suggestions for the top contenders for each category.

Meaningful Health IT News

Colbert Lampoons Proteus Digital Pill

The Proteus digital pill has gotten a lot of attention since it was announced. Included in that attention was a bit about it on the Colbert Report. It’s a spoof, of course, but somewhat entertaining. As Neil Versel says, “At least Colbert’s version featured a wireless tablet computer.

Smart Phone Health Care

LifeArmor Created for Military Families for Coping with Stress

A mobile app created by the Department of Defense aims to help military families cope with different issues. It addresses 17 topics, including depression and post-traumatic stress. The app takes content from the D0D website, AfterDeployment, and has videos and assessments. The app is free.

Several Pharmacies Offer Online Services for Patients

In-store pharmacies have started offering online services to make re-filling and transferring prescriptions easier than ever. Target and Walgreens are among those stores, and there are positives and negatives to using these services. Have you switched to online management of prescriptions?

Hospital EMR and EHR

Population Health Management is No Fad

Is population health management a fad, or is it here to stay? Anne references a recent column by Information Week by Paul Cerrato, where he states that it is. However, while she agrees that Cerrato’s column was “well-argued,” she disagrees with the suggestion.

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Draft On The Way

Although the MU Stage 2 final draft hasn’t been released yet, the draft regulations for stage 3 are apparently going to be released in August. Healthcare Informatics suggested a list of recommendations that are likely to be in stage 3, such as tracking individual care goals, and track tracks/steps and responsible party.

August 12, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

EHR Technical Breaches, Great Human and Computer Collaborations, and EMR in India

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We’re getting close to entering the summer slow period. Although, last year my sites still did very well during the summer. Maybe this summer won’t actually slow down if many of them are rushing to EHR to meet the meaningful use deadline. Also, for those that mostly just read EMR and HIPAA, I’ve started doing a short “Around Healthcare Scene” blog post on EMR and EHR that highlights some of the posts from around the network.

One thing I think won’t slow down is the number of people tweeting about EMR and healthcare IT. In fact, vacations might mean that we see more tweets coming out. On that note, time to look at some of the tweets from around the EMR and Healthcare IT twittersphere.


I don’t think the cloud will increase the number of technical breaches. In fact, the cloud will probably decrease the number of technical breaches as compared with client server EHR. However, the size of the breaches will be much larger. Technology is great at moving a lot of data very quickly. Used properly it can do amazing good, but the same is true if it’s used improperly.


I’d have to think a bit more on this one. Although, I think that EMR deserves to be considered for the list, because an EMR is basically nothing without a doctor. It requires the human to be of use and will be that way for the foreseeable future. I guess my largest concern is that we’re just at the beginning of the potential of EHR to access the real value of human and computer interaction.


This was an interesting tweet. I love stuff with a bit of an international flair. I think the jokes this tweet references was a joke about what I believe is a med school in India requiring yoga and sports. Although, I was also intrigued by his request for India to at least start ePrescribing. Often I think many try to bite off more than we can chew and if we can’t do it all then we do nothing. That’s unfortunate most of the time. Incremental improvement usually ends up with better results than big bang changes.

May 20, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Healthcare Scene at HIMSS 2012

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As many of you know, I posted my HIMSS 2012 session schedule on EMR and EHR a few weeks back. Sadly, many of those sessions have been taken off my schedule, but a number of really good ones still remain. I just counted 27 other meetings with vendors the week of HIMSS. I think it’s fair to say I’m doing my part to see as many as I can to provide you some really interesting coverage.

Outside of that hectic schedule, you’ll also be able to find me at a number of events (mostly social media related):
Meet the Bloggers Panel – This is happening Wed 2/22 4:00-5:00PM at the HIMSS Social Media Center. This will be a fun panel for me with two people I know quite well and love: Jennifer Dennard and Neil Versel. Plus, Carissa Caramanis O’Brien who I don’t know that well, but look forward to meeting as well. If you like social media or blogging, you’ll enjoy this.

HIMSS Social Media Center Genius Bar – I’ll be there Tuesday, 11:30 am-12:00 pm, Wednesday 10:30 am-11:00 am, and Thursday 11:30 am-12:00 pm at the HIMSS Social Media Center. Stop by and ask any question you want. You can make an appointment for it here.

New Media Meetup at HIMSS Sponsored by simplifyMD – We’re almost out of space for this event so I’ve stopped any major promotion of it. It amazes me the wonderful people on the list. Soon I’ll probably have to change it to a wait list signup once we reach capacity.

I also wanted to point out some of the interesting things that sponsors of EMR and HIPAA are doing at HIMSS. I just asked them for info late, so a number of my advertisers haven’t been able to get me anything yet. If they send me their info, I’ll update the post.


NoMoreClipboard, in collaboration with iMPak Health, will launch and demo a new comprehensive solution for achieving a successful medical home or accountable care organization. This new device, ideal for technology adverse patients, will help health systems and employers improve clinical outcomes, reduce ER visits and hospital readmissions and reduce chronic disease costs. See, feel, touch and participate in product demonstrations conducive to real-world scenarios and enter to win a $500 Best Buy gift card at HIMSS Booth #7902.
Location: Booth #7902


DrFirst is presenting the HIMSS Hero at this year’s event. DrFirst will be doing Chair and foot massages, a Caricature artist turning you into our Superhero, Collapsible water bottles, House Footies (DrFirst branded hospital socks), and Giving away an iPad 2. Stop by to learn more about DrFirst’s shift to an EHR platform company.
Location: Booth #5456


Cerner is excited to expand our presence at HIMSS12. The Cerner booth #476 will provide HIMSS attendees the opportunity to connect with peers, interact with Cerner associates and learn about Cerner solutions. Multiple Cerner clients will be in the booth to offer peer perspectives to physicians in attendance and to present how they are progressing in their journeys toward achieving Meaningful use, high quality measures and greater efficiency. Cerner associates will talk through complete workflow and documentation solutions for interdisciplinary teams, medications management, device connectivity, quality reporting, revenue cycle management and leading-edge services. In addition to the show floor, 15 Cerner clients will present in the general HIMSS educational tracks. Cerner will also participate in the Interoperability Showcase and IDC-10 Knowledge Center, where we will showcase specific solutions in respective areas.
Location: Booth #14542-, 476


GE Healthcare IT delivers workflow solutions for specialists and tools which provide insights for
hospital leadership to enable healthcare systems to run more effectively and efficiently- resulting
in better quality care for more patients at a lower cost. At HIMSS12, we’ll showcase highlights of
our extensive portfolio featuring numerous new product introductions. Now available, Centricity
Patient Portal 13 is a flexible, scalable, customizable portals that extends the provider workflow to
the patient’s home. With a range of easy-to-use self-service tools, Patient Online enhances patient
communications, optimizes staff and provider productivity, and can help strengthen the provider’s
market and competitive position. It helps customers meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 patient and
family engagement criteria and prepare them for expected Stage 2 requirements. Centricity
Perinatal-Connect provides the ability to correlate data from disparate Hospital Information
Systems (HIS) and other sources onto the fetal strip. It enables access to multiple fetal monitoring
strips while allowing documentation in the HIS all at the same time, without obstructing any
clinical information, helping clinicians deliver their best care all while maximizing current hospital
investment in perinatal IT. GE Healthcare IT will also demonstrate planned capabilities of its 50-50 joint venture with Microsoft, Caradigm, launching later this year.
Location: Booth #2635


This year, Practice Fusion has teamed up with Fitbit and our blogger friends Brian Ahier and Don Fluckinger to kick off our contest. Brian and Don will be competing for the most number of steps for a chance to win a charitable donation made by Practice Fusion in their name. HIMSS attendees interested in winning a Fitbit of their own can simply tweet their response to “Why do you want a Fitbit?” using the hashtags #fitbit and #HIMSS12 Unable to attend HIMSS12 but still want to experience the action? Virtual HIMSS12 is for you. Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Rowley and Las Vegas hand surgeon, Dr. Andrew Bronstein will be presenting an on-demand session titled Interoperability on the Front Lines: It’s Already Here.
Location: Booth #4074


HITR.com will exhibit at booth 7707 with its affiliates Billian’s HealthDATA and Porter Research. The HITR team is looking forward to meeting attendees and showing them the benefits a free membership in the HITR.com community can bring – healthcare IT benchmarking surveys and results, social networking opportunities, and more! Register at the booth to win one of our twice-daily Kindle drawings.
Location: Booth #7707


EHR Scope will be exhibiting in booth 13756. We’ll be doing video interviews for www.EHRtv.com, including some walk-in interviews. At the booth we’ll also be showing other activities of EHR Scope, including www.EMRConsultant.com, as well as Dragon Medical Spanish, which is now available for Latin America. In addition to the activities at the booth, we’ll have 2 roaming camera crews doing interviews of exhibitors, by appointment only.
Location: Booth #13756


At HIMSS, Amazing Charts is introducing Version 6.2, with the ability to connect with HIEs and PHRs automatically. On signing a note, the patient’s CCD is automatically uploaded to the patient selected PHR or HIE (See Screenshot). In 2011, Amazing Charts received the Best In KLAS Award for #1 EMR for 1-10 Physicians.
Location: Booth #13316


Mitochon is the first FREE ONC-ATCB Certified, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Patient Health Record (PHR) solution for medical professionals. The FREE EHR platform combines Scheduling, Charting, ePrescribing Labs and Collaboration of Care. This year at HIMSS Mitochon has a major announcement taking place on Monday February 20th. Dr. AndreVovan, Founder and Chief Medical Officer for Mitochon stated “all roads are leading to Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)/Integrated Delivery Systems and Mitochon is positioned to enable organizations to reach that destination.” Look for this announcement to learn more about Mitochon’s new offering and check out Mitochon’s Booth #265.
Location: Booth #265

February 16, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

The Healthcare Scene Writers

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As most of you realize, HealthcareScene.com has grown tremendously over the last year. At the start of 2011 I think that there were 3 websites that were part of the Healthcare Scene network of EMR and Healthcare IT blogs. By HIMSS in March 2011, I’d grown the list of websites to 7. Today, I’m happy to say that there are 14 different websites and blogs that are part of the Healthcare Scene blog network.

As you can imagine, it is hard enough for one person to manage writing two blogs. It’s nearly impossible for one person to manage 14 websites. Luckily, I have a group of passionate writers that do a ton of amazing work across the network of EMR and HIT blogs. I imagine some of them don’t get nearly enough recognition for the great work they do. Each post says the name of the blogger at the top, but many people never take a look. This Christmas break I’ll see if I can finish a project I’ve wanted to do for a very long time and do a better job recognizing the various authors of each post better.

In the mean time, I decided that I’d mention each of my writers and recognize them for how great they are, cause they are indeed great. Now on to the writers (in no particular order):

Katherine Rourke – If you’re a reader of EMR and EHR (and you definitely should be), then you’ve no doubt have read some of Katherine Rourke’s posts on EMR and EHR. She’s done almost 100 posts on EMR and EHR and did a great job raising the level of content and readership of that site.

Lately she’s been spending most of her time writing for the relatively new Hospital EMR and EHR. She’s done a great job covering the Cerner and Epics of the hospital EMR world on that site. Also, if you’re more interested in some non health IT related healthcare blogging, you can find her writing at next Hospital.

Katherine is a passionate lover of healthcare and hospitals in particular (thus the move to the hospital site). She’s the only person I’ve ever met that gets excited to go to the hospital. Lucky for us, her passion throws through in her writing and she’s not one to mince words. She’s got a punchy style which I and many other readers really enjoy. As a trained journalist (unlike me), it has been great to work with her.

Side Note: Katherine Rourke is a penname. She wasn’t around when I was writing this so I could see if I could reveal her real name. I think she kind of likes the mystery and intrigue of being anonymous though.

Neil Versel – If you’ve been around the healthcare IT industry in any way at all, then I am certain you’ve read some of Neil Versel’s work. In the case of Healthcare Scene, Neil blogs on Meaningful Health IT News, but Neil has written for basically every major (and probably all of the minor) health IT publication that exists or has existed over the past 15 or so years. He’s one of the true professional health IT journalists.

On a more personal note, I stumbled upon Neil’s blog when I first started blogging. I remember reading Neil’s work in various publications and thinking to myself, “He’s a journalist. I’m not. What can I learn from what he does?” I know that much of my style and approach to writing came from the things I saw Neil do.

Dr. Michael West – I am always honored to have working physicians blogging on my network and Dr. West is one of the two doctors that participate in Healthcare Scene. Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC and writes on the blog Happy EMR Doctor. Yeah, the name is a little cheesy, but it was the best we could find with all the domain squatters out there. Plus, he truly is a Happy EMR user.

Dr. West provides an interesting physician perspective since he implemented an EMR that was a complete failure. He replaced that EMR with a Free EMR solution. Plus, Dr. West chose to opt out of Medicare rather than to continue to experience all the Medicare cuts and penalties (particularly those related to meaningful use requirements). Obviously, all of these items make for some great content on his blog. I also love that he recently had his Practice Manager, Ken Harrington, hop on the blog and do a post about how EMR influences HR in a doctor’s office. I hope Ken writes for the blog more often.

Dr. Michael Koriwchak – The second doctor that writes of Healthcare Scene is Dr. Koriwchak. He’s an ENT out of Atlanta (there’s so much good health IT in Atlanta) that’s been working with health IT and EMR for a long time. You can read his blog at Wired EMR Practice. Lately he hasn’t had as much time to blog thanks to a number of other projects he’s working on including trips to Washington to talk about things like the HITECH act and ACOs. In fact, he just happened to be with Hermain Cain in DC for one of the famous Hermain Cain lines that was quoted over and over again on the news.

Regardless of how much time he has to blog, if you look through his past posts you can see that he provides a lot of interesting thought and insight from a physician perspective to the challenge of implementing and using an EMR system. One of the best series of posts he did was his Lessons Learned from an EMR Upgrade Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Dr. Koriwchak is definitely ahead of the curve.

David Lynn – Many of you might not recognize David’s name, but his the quiet voice behind 4 of the Healthcare Scene blogs. He manages and does all the hard work on EMR & Health IT News, EMR & EHR Screenshots, and EHR & EHR Videos. In the short time those sites have been up, David’s turned them into a really great resource for those researching EMR and EHR software or for those in the industry just trying to stay up on the latest and greatest EMR info.

You will find David’s more creative work on Smart Phone Healthcare. That website is focused on mobile health and I’m always amazed at the content, devices, apps and other technology that David is able to find and post about on that site. I’m also happy to call David my brother (or maybe I should say little brother). For the longest time we’d wanted to work on some project together. The opportunity presented itself for him to participate in the network and he’s done an amazing job, which isn’t surprising since he’s one of the smartest people I know.

Lynn Scheps – I think most of you reading this are familiar with Lynn. Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft, but she’s also the power behind Meaningful Use Monday. I have had a ton of people tell me how valuable Meaningful Use Monday has been for them and all credit should go to Lynn for putting in the time to share the knowledge with all of us.

I think when I first suggested the idea of blogging about meaningful use to Lynn she was a little reticent. However, I think she’s come to enjoy the experience of putting the ideas down in writing and also the value of getting feedback and commentary from users. On a more personal note, Lynn is a genuinely kind person and pleasant to be around.

Priya Ramachandran – I was really lucky to be introduced to Priya and have her start writing on both EMR and EHR & EMR Thoughts. Priya provides a really fresh perspective on the industry. Plus, she’s a computer nerd like me which is always great for bonding us together.

One thing I love about Priya is that she always has her ear to the ground to hear the latest things that are happening in the EMR and Health IT world. In fact, I don’t know how many times I’ve had an idea for a post based on some current HIT happenings and then I get a post from Priya about that same subject.

Jennifer Dennard – The addition of Jennifer Dennard writing on EMR and EHR is relatively new, but I had known Jennifer for quite a while before she started writing. I can’t quite remember how I convinced Jennifer to write for my sites, but it was one of the best choices I’ve made.

One of the things I like most about Jennifer’s posts is her ability to share something personal and then connect it to an EMR or healthcare IT story. Plus, as I finish reading her posts I often think, “Wow, that took me somewhere unexpected and interesting.” I attribute this ability to her superior mind and creative writing style. I’m always excited to see what twist and turn she’ll take me on next. At the recent AHIMA conference I had a chance to connect with Jenn on a more personal level as well. Not only is she a great writer, but she’s an incredibly thoughtful and caring person that everyone should want to be around. I’m lucky I’ve had that chance.

As you can see, I’m lucky to work with such amazing people both professionally and personally. This Holiday Season I want to send out a big Thank You to them. If you want to send them a gift as well, I imagine one of the best things you can do is to read their posts and leave a comment on the ones you find interesting. There’s not much nicer as a blogger than someone taking the time to read what you do and engage in a discussion around that comment.

Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Labor Day

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For those of you that were expecting a meaningful use monday post, I’m sorry. Don’t worry though, Lynn will be back with another Meaningful Use Monday post next week. It is Labor Day after all. Although, I saw a great tweet or Facebook status that said, “Why in America do we take the day off on Labor day?” I love plays on words. They also asked why we put a tree in our house for Christmas and not Arbor day.

I must admit that Labor day has become pretty inconsequential for me. Football has already started. My son’s been in school for a week already. Blogging for myself, it’s not like I really get a day off. Plus, we don’t live close to family, so there aren’t even any big family parties.

With that said, I am glad to have the summer behind us. Maybe that’s a function of living in Las Vegas. I’m beginning to understand why retired people come to Vegas in winter and head to cooler areas for summer. Maybe one day I’ll achieve that dream. Although, I also must admit that there’s something comforting about getting back into the routine of school and other activities. Maybe this is a function of younger kids being home all summer.

I must admit that this Labor Day my thoughts have been with many of those who are without jobs. It’s a crazy economic and political environment that we’re in now. I’m afraid we’re looking at a slow recovery and so we’re going to be in the current situation for a while to come.

My one consolation is that there are now 10 writers on the HealthcareScene.com blog network. That’s pretty good considering a year and a half ago when I quit my day job it was just me. I hope I can continue to grow the network and provide even more people income writing about EMR and Health IT. I’m lucky to be associated with such amazing writers. If you don’t know what I mean, go check out some of the other HealthcareScene.com blogs.

Now, time for a little family time. I hear making a fort with my kids is on the agenda today. I love being a kid again.

September 5, 2011 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.

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I’m interested to hear how others use social media to consume healthcare IT and EMR information. As most of you probably know, I’m a pretty avid user of social media. For me, it’s a combination of marketing my websites, getting new content and information for my websites, connecting with smart people, and just keeping a finger on the pulse of what’s happening in healthcare IT and EMR.

For example, many of you probably know about my two popular twitter accounts @techguy and @ehrandhit. My @techguy account is really my twitter account for everything and anything I feel like using Twitter to accomplish. It’s an interesting (at least to me) mix of healthcare IT/EMR, television, entrepreneurship, technology/social media, ultimate frisbee, and my other adventures in life. I love the freedom of that account since I’ll do and talk about most anything that I care to tweet about or people I care to connect with. @ehrandhit on the other hand is strictly EMR and Healthcare IT focused. I probably should give it a better voice than what it is now including more connecting with people and more thoughtful comments. Although, most of my best thinking becomes blog posts and then gets linked to that Twitter account.

I’ve also started this EMR and HIPAA Facebook page (You should all Like it). It’s seen some growth over time, but nothing like I expected that it might see. I’m not sure what people think of Facebook. Maybe most people go on Facebook to hang out and not necessarily talk shop. I can appreciate that. Although, when I see the number of people that have “Liked” other sites, I wonder if I’m just missing something about how I’m using Facebook.

I’ve become a big fan of LinkedIn. In fact, that’s why I recently started the Healthcare Scene LinkedIn group. I really love how people’s profiles are attached to the comments that they make. There’s something really refreshing about that approach. Plus, I love the conversations that happen after initially connecting in the group in a discussion about a specific topic. LinkedIn makes it really easy to connect with someone who you’ve been chatting with and extend a business relationship with them. It makes sense that the conversation is great on it since it’s such a business focused website.

While I love the above social media for finding and interacting with healthcare information, I’m still a bit surprised by the thousands of people who’ve signed up to receive the EMR and HIPAA email newsletter. Email isn’t technically social media, but it’s quite clear to me that email still plays a major role in our consumption of information and our interaction with others. Email is something we all use pretty much every day. So, I guess that makes sense why so many people want good information sent to their email. It’s convenient.

Then of course, I have a blog or two under the Healthcare Scene brand (check out the new headers I made for each site). Someone recently commented on my blog about the volume of misinformation that is out there. When I look at the list of blogs that I write and that I’m partnered with, I’m really happy to see the quality of independent information that’s being created to guide people in th EMR and healthcare IT industry.

I love how something as simple as blogging software can empower people to share their unique voice. Add in the above social media tools and the power of search on the internet and I think we can have a real impact for good on healthcare IT and EMR.

What tools do you use to consume information online? Are there tools that I haven’t listed that you love? How do you use those tools to make your and other’s lives better?

April 15, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.