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2000+ EMR and HIPAA Blog Posts and 9.5 Million Pageviews Later

Posted on May 22, 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.

We just passed 2000 blog posts on EMR and HIPAA (officially this is blog post #2009) and we’re right at 9.5 million pageviews since we first started this blog. Plus, to round out the numbers, we just passed 12,000 (officially 12,065) comments on the blog as well. I’m honestly not really sure how to process these numbers. Not to mention that nearly 5000 email subscribers get their “daily cup of EMR and HIPAA” in their inbox 6-7 days a week.

Over the years we’ve had a number of writers contribute amazing content to the site, but most of our regular writers contribute to another Healthcare Scene website like EMR and EHR. I’ve generally reserved EMR and HIPAA for the content that I write and so 1705 of the blog posts were written by me. Not too bad for a little over 8 years of writing. I think I’ve accomplished some good.

Every 3-6 months I like to also take a minute to thank the sponsors who support the work we do here at EMR and HIPAA. Without them, I wouldn’t have the time to do what I do and provide the value that we provide the readers of EMR and HIPAA.

Key Sponsors
At the core of supporting our website has always been our sponsors who put up their advertising on the site. Take a look at these companies who’ve sponsored the site and see if one of them can help you and your organization:

Ambir – Advertising since 1/2010 – If you’re looking for a workgroup scanner for your organization take a look at Ambir’s scanners. I have one on my desk at home and it’s worked great. Plus, Ambir is expanding what they do beyond scanners. At HIMSS I saw a demo of their new forms program for tablets that is really slick. You can basically take any paper form and make it so you can write on top of it. It’s a really slick product. I know they’re still adding a few features to the product. Once it’s out in the wild, I’ll do another post about it with more details.

Cerner – Advertising since 9/2011 – I really don’t think anyone needs an introduction to Cerner EHR. The Cerner Ambulatory EHR team has advertised with us for a very long time. One of the things that I find most exciting about the Cerner ambulatory EHR product is their mobile interface. It has some slick features and I think we’re just getting started with optimizing EHRs on tablets and other mobile devices.

Canon – Advertising since 10/2012 – Another company that really doesn’t need an introduction other than to say that this is the Canon scanners, not the Canon cameras. I have a Canon scanner on my desk at work and it’s worked wonderfully well for me. It saves me so much time to have a real workhorse of a scanner. A scanner is one of those essential EHR peripherals and that won’t likely change for a long time to come.

gMed – Advertising since 8/2013 – If you’re in gastroenterology, then you need to take a minute to check out gMed. I recently did a demo and I was particularly impressed with their Endoscopy Report Writer. I loved the way it integrated with external devices and the EHR for easy documentation. Along with being an advertiser, gMed has also invited me to be the keynote speaker at the gMed Summit 2014 (the gMed user group event). I’m really excited to share my insights into the future of EMR and healthcare IT with the gMed users. Those working in gastro should also download this gMed whitepaper: Independent Gastroenterology: A Look into the Future.

interfaceMD – Advertising since 9/2013 – Better than me trying to explain what makes the interfaceMD EHR unique, check out this video interview I did with Joel Kanick, interfaceMD’s founder. The video really shows what a unique approach they take to EHR. I’d describe their approach to EHR a little like having a private butler or concierge service at a hotel. They want to make everything as easy as possible for you and if something’s wrong they’ll take the blame for everything. I think it’s a smart approach that resonates with many doctors.

Colocation America – Advertising since 10/2013 – The demand for HIPAA compliant cloud hosting is only going up and up. Whether you’re a small practice, a large organization, a startup company or a publicly traded healthcare IT organization, you likely need a HIPAA compliant host. Colocation offers a wide variety of options for you to choose from.

Modernizing Medicine – Advertising since 1/2014 – I’ve written a number of articles that describe the Modernizing Medicine EHR much better than I do. Check out their unique EHR interface and their approach to ICD-10 (which I guess will now have to wait another year to be really valuable). I’ll be doing an interview on Thursday next week with Modernizing Medicine’s CEO, Daniel Cane and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sherling to talk about their new integration between IBM’s Watson with their EHR. Watch the @ehrandhit Twitter account for all the details.

VM Racks – Advertising since 1/2014 – Another HIPAA compliant host you should consider for your hosting needs. One thing I love about VM Racks is that they offer a free 30 day trial of their hosting. What better way to know if they offer a quality service or not than to try it for 30 days?

Quirk Healthcare – Advertising since 3/2014 – While Quirk Healthcare is a newer advertiser, the Founder of Quirk Healthcare advertised with us at his previous EHR consulting company as well. I know they originally cut their teeth on NextGen EHR, but their website says they’ve helped 100 providers go live in 4 months and generated over $2 million in meaningful use payments. They also blog regularly and put on webinars with the latest on meaningful use. When the ICD-10 delay happened they were one of the first that wrote about it. When meaningful use stage 2 was delayed, they were on top of it. I love that about them.

You can get more details on how to get your company added to this list of EMR and HIPAA supporters. Just drop us a note on our contact us page.

Whitepaper Portal
Along with our key sponsors that support the site, a few months back we launched our Healthcare IT whitepaper portal. It’s done phenomenally well as thousands of people have downloaded relevant whitepapers that can help them do their job better. For example, you’ve probably seen me mention this whitepaper that covers the 6 Reality Checks of HIPAA Compliance.

We’re working with a bunch more companies to get some more high quality whitepapers on the portal. So, watch for those in the future. Plus, we’re looking at sharing a few Healthcare Scene specific ones as well. If you’re a company that has an amazing whitepaper, feel free to reach out to us to learn about how you can get it on our portal.

Content Series
We’ve also started doing a number of special blog post series on EMR and HIPAA that are sponsored by the Medical Management Corporation of America and The Breakaway Group. I’ve really enjoyed both of these blog post series and it really shows the depth of knowledge that both companies possess. I really love this content sponsorship model where a company with extraordinary expertise can share their knowledge and experience with the EMR and HIPAA audience while they build some recognition for their companies. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

Reader Thanks
Thanks to everyone who reads the site regularly. We couldn’t do what you do without your support as well. We have some of the best readers on the planet. They’re not afraid to share their wisdom, correct us when we’re wrong and improve healthcare as we know it. I’m looking forward to the next 2000 blog posts!

Of Meaningful Use – I wouldn’t remove anything!

Posted on February 5, 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.

The following is a guest blog post by Joel Kanick in response to the question I posed in my “State of the Meaningful Use” call to action.

If MU were gone (ie. no more EHR incentive money or penalties), which parts of MU would you remove from your EHR immediately and which parts would you keep?

Joel Kanick
Joel Kanick
President and CEO of Kanick And Company and Lead Developer and Chief Architect of interfaceMD

In fact, the pursuit of Meaningful Use (MU) certification has given our company many new ideas that allowed us to go above and beyond the bar MU already set.

Initially, doctors bought into EMRs for the financial incentive. Now that they are educated consumers, they want everything that was promised to them to work for them. Doctors have learned that EMRs are only one small part of the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) puzzle. They need help putting the rest of the puzzle together.

No one is complaining about MU regarding the direction it is taking healthcare or HIT industries.

Any complaining that comes from a vendor is usually because their technology is outdated and behind the technology curve. They are angry because MU is calling them out. So, shame on vendors for becoming rich, fat and lazy, and not keeping with current technology.

Of the complaints I hear from providers, there are two scenarios:

First scenario: the providers who resent the government telling them how to practice medicine. However and upon deeper review, these providers already ask and track most of all these data points. They just don’t like the way it has been required and thus crammed into their current systems. I understand their anger, they were not consulted as to how to fit all this into their workflow and so it is cumbersome to use.

Second scenario, the providers’ office is still using fax machines, some required by their EMR vendor. They are still dictating (PCs, iPhone apps, phone recorders) all their exam data and still relying on paper charts. In practices of all sizes, providers complain of MU because they don’t want to change how they operate their business. After all, they have been doing it this way for many years, successfully. They complain of this change because they fear the unknown.

They are doctors; highly skilled and highly educated in medicine but not in business or technology. I see so many doctors closing their privately held medical practices to join a group practice or a hospital setting. Most will freely admit that it’s because they don’t want to address the fear and go through the anticipated pain of migrating to a paperless environment. They don’t know how to choose or maintain the system, with or without MU.

What I know MU is positively doing:

  • Setting a standard language (ie: XML)
  • Setting a standard format (ie: HL7)
  • Setting a secure communication channel (ie: Direct Protocol)
  • Requiring patient portals to potentially aid in convenience to the patient and lower the workload on office staff
  • Creating a standard method to share data electronically (ie: CCDA)
  • Demanding security and encryption and planning for emergency scenarios
  • Utilizing eRx to reduce fraud, abuse and increase safety in drugs that are prescribed
  • Reducing paperwork (eg: lab requests), speeding-up information delivery (eg: lab results electronically instead of by paper delivery)
  • Promoting communication to educate patients
  • Demanding reconciliation of data when exchanged between two organizations to make certain correct information is gained

Selfishly, from my point of view, the largest complaint regarding MU2 is that it requires all pertinent health information be exported and imported in a standard format allowing providers to easily change EMR vendors. This MU requirement should scare some EMR vendors!

Effectually, MU is pushing change and as a result it is getting a bad rap.

See other responses to this question here.

Thankful for Amazing Support

Posted on December 2, 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’m so excited. Things are coming together for a really big announcement next Monday. I’m really excited about what we’ve put together and I think many readers will be interested in it as well. I’ve leaked the idea a little bit on Twitter, but I should be able to announce a lot more details next Monday. Watch for that next week.

Until then, it seems really appropriate at this time of Thanks to take a few seconds to recognize the many sponsors who support the work we do here at EMR and HIPAA. It’s been a really great 6 months and we’ve received a lot of amazing support. In fact, I’m really pleased by the variety of healthcare IT companies that are supporting the work we do.

I hope you’ll take a second to look over these new and renewing sponsors to see if they can help you solve some of your pressing issues.

New Sponsors
interfaceMD – This EHR company is quite unique. Rather than try and explain their unique approach to EHR and EHR implementation, take a second and watch this video interview I did with interfaceMD CEO Joel Kanick. I think many of the things he shares will resonate with small practices out there. Joel and interfaceMD have taken a really holistic approach to implementing an EHR and all the IT in between. Check them out if you want to see what I mean.

Proven Backup – One of the biggest risks of any EHR is not having a proper backup. Unfortunately, many don’t pay attention to their backup plans until it’s too late. The best way I’ve seen to solve this is to do a mock situation where your database is corrupt. What will it take you to restore from backup? Do you have a backup that works? The beauty is that there are relatively inexpensive backup offerings like the one from Proven Backup. Done correctly, your EHR backup can be much more robust and less risky than paper ever could be.

Colocation America – One of the major features of all healthcare IT is the need for some sort of hosting. Colocation America offers a wide variety of hosting options for applications and organizations of all sizes. As a past server admin and data center manager myself, I can’t ever imagine building my own data center again. The service a hosting company like Colocation America provides is impossible for small organizations to build on their own and is likely out of reach for even the largest organizations.

HealthFusion – Some might not recognize this name, but might be more familiar with HealthFusion’s MediTouch EHR software. If you want to find out what’s unique about Health Fusion, check out this interview with HealthFusion’s Co-Founder and CEO. I was really interested with HealthFusion’s efforts to incorporate the native iPad interface in their EHR very early on. I don’t know many other EHR vendors who can say that “every EHR function that can be performed on the desktop can also be performed on the iPad.”

Doc Halo – HIPAA secure texting is starting to hit healthcare in a really big way. Many in healthcare have found the value of a simple text message communication. However, every healthcare compliance department is scared about the HIPAA implications of such text messages. The answer to this is to empower the end users to have the simplicity of a text message, but done on a secure platform like Doc Halo. If you want to learn more, the Doc Halo CEO has been contributing a number of blog posts on the subject as well.

gMed – If you are a gastroenterologist, then you need to take a look at gMed’s EHR solution. I’ve always been a fan of the specialty specific EHR software. They can offer a unique experience that gets washed over by most of the EHR vendors who want to apply a one size fits all approach to EHR. If you’re interested in Gastroenterology, you’ll want to check out this excellent whitepaper on the Future of Gastroenterology.

The Breakaway Group (A Xerox Company) – Many of you may recognize this company since they’ve been doing a monthly series of blog posts called Breakaway Thinking. You can expect a lot more amazing content on EMR and HIPAA from the talented people at The Breakaway Group. They have a lot of first hand experience with EHR training and ICD-10 training. Being on the front lines provides them some really interesting insight into the industry.

Renewing Sponsors
I’m always thankful for the ongoing support of our renewing sponsors. So, a big thanks to all of the companies listed below for renewing their support of us. It’s great to look over so many of these companies who have been supporting us for so many years. Here’s to many more years working together.
Ambir – Advertising since 1/2010
Amazing Charts – Advertising since 5/2011
Cerner – Advertising since 9/2011
simplifyMD – Advertising since 9/2012
Canon – Advertising since 10/2012

Look for the really big announcement next Monday.

Great EMR and HIPAA Supporters

Posted on October 21, 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 have a number of really big announcements we’re going to make in the next month. One of them I can’t really mention, but the other is a Healthcare Marketing and PR Focused conference in Las Vegas (of course, since I live in Vegas). I’ve floated this conference idea to a couple healthcare marketers and their response has been nothing short of amazing. I think they’re really excited to go to a conference which helps them do their jobs versus going to conferences to market their company. Watch for the official announcement to come out soon. Plus, the other announcement I can’t talk about is even more exciting for the network.

With that said, Healthcare Scene (which EMR and HIPAA is a part) is doing really well. We’re well over 12 million pageviews and over 6500 blog posts since we started blogging on EMR back in 2005. I want to take a second to thank all those organizations that support what we do. Some have just started working with us and then there are many who have been supporting us for a lot of years. Either way, their support is always appreciated.

If you enjoy the content we create, I hope you’ll take a second to check out these EMR and HIPAA supporters. Their support keeps the lights on.

New Supporters
interfaceMD – One of the things I like about how interfaceMD looks at the EHR market is that each installation needs some custom work to match the unique needs of a doctors office. To use the oft quoted phrase, if you’ve seen one clinic, you’ve seen ONE clinic. I’ll be doing a G+ Hangout with the interfaceMD President and CEO, Joel Kanick where I’m sure we’ll explore this topic more.

DrChrono – A lot of EHR vendors talk about their iPad EHR application, but there are few EHR vendors that have created an iPad first EHR application. That’s the way DrChrono has approached the development of their EHR. Plus, they offer a free version where you can give their EHR a test drive before you buy. Just download the drchrono EHR on your iPad and try it out.

gMed – I’ve often written about the value of specialty doctors purchasing a specialty specific EHR. If you’re looking for a Gastroenterology EHR, then you should check out gMed. Plus, they’ve even put out this free whitepaper called Independent Gastroenterology: A Look into the Future. It’s a good example of their deep understanding of gastroenterology.

The Breakaway Group (A Xerox company) – This company takes a really unique approach to EHR and ICD-10 training. Plus, I love that they have deep roots in researching the most effective leaning techniques which they then use to refine their product. So, I’m excited to have them contributing to a monthly series of blog posts that we’re calling the Breakaway Thinking Blog Series.

GNAX Health – As healthcare IT continues to be implemented, I’m seeing more and more organizations looking at their disaster recovery plans using an external data center. GNAX has a whitepaper called Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery: 9 Steps to Help Target a Reliable DR Datacenter where they cover some of the challenges associated with finding the right disaster recovery data center. The time to prepare the disaster recovery is now and now when the hurricane is bearing down.

Renewing Supporters
These organizations have renewed their support of EMR and HIPAA. It’s always appreciated to see these companies renew year after year.
Ambir – Advertising since 1/2010
Amazing Charts – Advertising since 5/2011
simplifyMD – Advertising since 9/2012
Canon – Advertising since 10/2012
Xerox – Advertising since 2/2013

Thanks for reading!

The Healthcare Industry Must Not Embrace Technology, Rather Seize It

Posted on October 15, 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.

The following is a guest blog post by Joel Kanick from interfaceMD.
Joel Kanick - interfaceMD

Five years ago, you wouldn’t have been able to convince me that technology would let us take a picture of a check with our cell phone and immediately deposit that check into our bank account. But that and more is today’s reality.

From no envelope deposit ATMs and in-car navigational directions, to online transfers and picture messaging, technology changes have simplified processes for both consumers and businesses. Moreover, while time saving, many technology upgrades have reduced the chance for human error.

As most industries harness technology, implement ways to streamline a task at hand, enhance the experience for the consumer, and cut internal waste and cost, the EMR industry lags with such innovation as it still tries to put a square peg into a round hole.

Imagine, you ask a teller to transfer money from one account to another and she instructs you to fill out a transfer request, one for the account the money is going into and one for the account the money is coming out of. She then explains that she will fax it over to the transfer department and in several hours you should have access to your funds, barring any glitches.  As a consumer, you wouldn’t accept this system. What if the fax jams, what if the fax gets mixed in and picked up by the wrong person, what if the fax is hard to read and the wrong amount is transferred, what if the fax number dialed is wrong and the fax never gets there?

Why is the healthcare industry, as a whole, still faxing when reliable, secure and quicker technology exists?

A cable company gives its consumers the ability to turn on lights, unlock doors and adjust heating systems in their homes with a touch of a button from their cell phone or laptop by simply logging into an account. Do all EMR systems allow patients and doctors access to past medical history? While the unfortunate answer is no, I will state for the record as an IT expert, it is not difficult to create a channel of communication between collaborating doctors, a doctor and patient or a doctors’ office and its lab partners.

If we can post a status with our phone and immediately 200 of our closest friends know we are enjoying the weather in Punta Cana, why can’t an EMR system permit the doctor to collaborate about the patient as well as permit a patient to fill out necessary forms electronically prior to the appointment or electronically in the waiting room? It could and should.

Both the EMR vendors’ and EMR users’ technology must be as current as other systems used daily, with the same intuitive ease of use.

The auto industry has technology that alerts its users, via in-car audio or email, prevent maintenance needs or pertinent real-time issues–enabling drivers to react sooner or avoid harm’s way. Similarly, utilizing the same technology would give our doctors’ the means, with an EMR system, to send secure email or text alerts regarding preventative appointments, necessary tests or prescription refill needs warding off health issues and unnecessary costs. EMR vendors have technology available to employ systems that can monitor the offices’ servers to prevent crashes and valuable down-time. Does yours?

Coupling technology at hand with genuine care is the only route to substantial meaningful use achievement.

Joel Kanick, President and CEO of Kanick And Company is the architect and chief developer of interfaceMD. For more than two decades, Mr. Kanick’s professional career in the computing services industry has included: project management, network administration, application development, and both business and Healthcare IT consulting. This unique combination of technical expertise, project management skills and business sense positions him as an asset to his clients’ business directives and technology goals. Mr. Kanick became a Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) in 2002.

Full Disclosure: interfaceMD is an advertiser on this site.