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HIMSS11 EMR Company and EMR Market Wrap Up

Posted on February 25, 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.

It’s going to take a couple weeks to really process all that I saw and heard at HIMSS 2011. In fact, there’s no doubt that much of the content I publish over the next month or two will be things I learned from the people I learned from at HIMSS or influenced by what I saw and heard. However, after a good night’s sleep in my own bed I’m really happy with my experience at HIMSS. The energy and passion for healthcare IT that was found at HIMSS was really powerful and wonderful to be apart of.

I think those people out there that are asking if we’re in a healthcare IT bubble right now are on the mark. There’s very little doubt in my mind that we’re in a healthcare IT bubble. It’s a feature of $36+ billion in EHR incentive money being given out by the government. I can’t remember the size of the EMR market numbers off the top of my head, but $36 billion in money coming into what is a relatively small market is going to change things dramatically. So, it makes sense that this type of infusion of money would create a bubble of sorts.

One person in their comments that we’re in a healthcare IT bubble asked if the bubble would pop before HIMSS 12 in Las Vegas. I believe we have at least one or two more years before the healthcare IT bubble pops. In fact, if you thought that HIMSS 11 in Orlando was big, I predict that HIMSS 2012 in Las Vegas will be even bigger. The EHR incentive money will have started flowing and the trench battles will be in full swing as the 300+ EMR vendors battle each other for customers.

EMR software was obviously my focus at the conference and despite my comments about the lack of innovation by EMR vendors and the future of EMR, I think there are a ton of really interesting EMR approaches that in aggregate are going to impact the EMR world in really dramatic ways. Here’s some examples:

  • Azzly described a meeting of EHR vendors they attended with ONC. The question was asked which EHR vendors in the room started development after the HITECH act was announced. Azzly was the only one to raise their hand. I’m sure there’s other EHR vendors in that same boat, but it will be interesting to see an Azzly EHR that was built post incentive go up against the legacy EHR software.
  • ClearPractice was the first native iPad EMR (called Nimble) that I’d seen and there’s no doubt they’ve made a big play in that space. Will that combined with the backing of John Doerr and their internet driven sales change EMR as we know it?
  • Will larger companies like Greenway and Sage continue to gain market share as they go after the EMR market while maintaining their customer experience? Or will they head the way of the Misys of the world and be bought up by other EMR vendors?
  • What about NaviNet‘s entrance into the EMR world? Can they leverage their existing connections with so many providers to be a major player in not just interoperability but in EMR as well?
  • Even the big behemoth of a company, GE surprised me when I visited with them. There was a polish and a professionalism that I loved about my visit with GE and GE’s Centricity Advance people. I think there’s a fair comparison with Microsoft. Something about the nature of the US loves the underdog and hates the big name player. Yet, the big company just keeps executing their vision and many doctors are going to happily buy and use their products.
  • What about Ingenix‘s multiple EMR offering strategy? Will it just be confusing to clinicians or will they effectively differentiate their various offerings while providing a backbone for interoperability as well? Is the future large EMR vendor one that aggregates a bunch of niche specific EMR companies?
  • What impact will the transcription based EMR vendors have on the market? I wrote about the change from transcription company to EMR vendor earlier this week. Watch for the names MD-IT, FutureNet, Intivia, and MxSecure.
  • Many people probably don’t recognize the name MedPlus. However, everyone knows the company behind the MedPlus Care360 EMR: Quest Diagnostics. There’s something powerful about being able to turn on an EMR in a medical practice with basically the flip of an electronic switch. That’s what MedPlus can do since Care360 is already being used in so many clinics that use Quest for their lab work. Add in their existing lab sales staff that already have relationships with large numbers of clinics and they’re going to be a very interesting player in the EMR space.
  • Free EMR is a really compelling marketing tool. There’s a reason that Practice Fusion and Mitochon Systems free EMR offerings get so much press and so many doctors evaluating their EMR offerings. While many might disagree with their model or even believe that it will fail, these companies have and will have an interesting impact on the EMR landscape.
  • MicroMD offers an interesting approach. First, because of their existing LONG term practice management clients. Second, because of the interesting integration with the supply side of their company. Not to mention, the executives that I met with were some of the most realistic people and well thought out people I met at HIMSS.
  • Props to EMR company MIE that could use a fake EMR company (Extormity) to launch themselves into the EMR discussion while also helping to open up the discussion as well.  If I were a doctor, I’d want to demo their EMR just so I could see if I could find any Extormity features in their EMR.  Although, maybe that’s just the blogger in me.

I could keep going on, but that gives you a bit of flavor of some interesting EMR vendors and their market approaches. Plus, this is just 16 of the 300+ EMR companies that are working in this space. Each one with their own interesting story.

The most exciting thing for an EMR nerd like myself is that we’re really only at the beginning. Wait until we get beyond 15-25% adoption and reach 50% adoption. Then, the fun really begins.

Full Disclosure: Practice Fusion, MD-IT, MxSecure, and Mitochon Systems are all advertisers on this site. EMRandHIPAA.com’s HIMSS11 coverage was also sponsored by Practice Fusion, provider of the free, web-based Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system used by over 70,000 healthcare providers in the US.

Video Interview About Verizon’s HIE

Posted on March 15, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Well, as you might have noticed, I decided to take the weekend off from the blog. I figured it was reasonable to take a weekend off after the craziness of HIMSS. I still have a ton of content from HIMSS 10 that I’d like to post. So, watch for more of that over the next couple weeks as well.

I thought a nice video to kick off the new week would be nice. This video is of Robin Daigh from MD-IT and Craig Mercure from MxSecure talking about their partnership with Verizon to create a really interesting health information exchange. I talked about this Medical Transcription Service Consortium previously, but it was really neat to talk about it in person with Robin and Craig (Full Disclosure: Both Robin and Craig advertise on EMR and HIPAA). I also talked with the CMO from Verizon about it and so more details on that to come later.

For now, enjoy what I think is an interesting play in the HIE space to bring together all the transcription companies and now anyone who wants to participate and start sharing clinical data.


This video coverage of HIMSS 10 sponsored by Practice Fusion and their Free EMR.

Tuesday New Media Meetup at HIMSS Sponsored by MxSecure

Posted on March 2, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

After last night’s great New Media Meetup Kick off event, I’m really excited for the other 2 New Media Meetups that I’ve put together. I can’t wait to meet some more people since I only met a few of the people at the event last night. Plus, we’re giving away some really cool stuff at these events.

Here are the times and locations of the New Media Meetups:
Mix and Mingle Sponsored by MxSecure
Tuesday 3/2/10 at 4:00PM
Location: MModal booth 1157
Giveaway: iPod Touch

Mix and Mingle Sponsored by Pervasive
Wednesday 3/3/10 at 10:00AM
Location: Pervasive booth 2545
Giveaway: Wii

Feel free to leave a comment if you plan to be there. I’m looking forward to networking with more people and also learning about some of the must see vendors at HIMSS.

2010 New Media Meetups at HIMSS

Posted on February 10, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’m excited to announce a number of meetups at HIMSS for those using New Media or interested in New Media (Blogging, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc). See this as a great way to network with some of your favorite bloggers or tweeters.

None of the events will have a really formal agenda. Just a chance to network with people, talk about healthcare IT and new Media. Of course we’ll also have food, drinks and giveaway some really great stuff. The kick off event will be at the amazing Georgia Aquarium, conveniently located by the conference center. The other events will be on the showroom floor.

Here are the details for the various meetups:
New Media Kick Off Event at MEDecision Party at the Aquarium
Monday 3/1/10 from 6:00-7:00PM
Location: Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street Atlanta, GA 30313
Entertainment: 2010 Grammy Award Winner Colbie Caillat
Food and Drinks
REGISTRATION for Kick Off Event – Please register so we can make sure there’s enough food and drink.

Mix and Mingle Sponsored by MxSecure
Tuesday 3/2/10 at 4:00PM
Location: MModal booth 1157
Giveaway: iPod Touch

Mix and Mingle Sponsored by Pervasive
Wednesday 3/3/10 at 10:00AM
Location: Pervasive booth 2545
Giveaway: Wii

Please spread the word on your blog, twitter account and invite your colleagues that might be interested in attending. I look forward to meeting you all!

New Medical Transcription Service Consortium for Sharing Patient Data

Posted on November 6, 2009 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 recently got an email about a new consortium of medical transcription service organizations (MTSOs), called the Medical Transcription Service Consortium. The basic concept is that these organizations will provide the tools for doctors who use their service to share patient information. The new framework they’re working to create will support structured narrative notes which read like a text document, but include XML tags that allow for granular patient data to be imported into an EMR.

I like the concept and I’m intrigued by the involvement of transcription companies in the sharing of data. They already are sharing the data between the transcription company and the doctor’s office. Seems like a reasonable suggestion to be able to share it with other doctors offices. I’m told that it’s still very early for this consortium. It will be interesting to see it evolve over time.

The consortium members include: ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business, the MTIA, MD-IT, MedQuist, MxSecure, Sten-Tel, and Webmedx. The press release from MD-IT says these organizations represent 2,500 hospitals and 375,000 physicians nationwide. That’s an estimated 200 million narrative patient notes created annually and 2.5 billion patient records in electronic archive. I’ll just say, that’s a lot of patient data that could be easily shared.

New EMR and HIPAA Advertiser

Posted on August 24, 2009 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 I usually do, I want to welcome a new advertiser to EMR and HIPAA. I always appreciate those who advertise on EMR and HIPAA and allow me to bring a different perspective to most of those you find in the EMR world. I also want to extend my thanks to those of you who read my blog every day. I’m always amazed at the list of people that comment on my blog and subscribe to the EMR and HIPAA email list. Thanks for making this the best EMR blog on the internet (of course I’m a little bias in this opinion).

Now onto EMR and HIPAA’s new advertiser:
MxSecure – This is a really unique transcription services company compared to the others I’ve seen. They’re really looking at merging the two worlds of transcription and EHR in a variety of ways. See the full description of MxSecure at the bottom of this post.

You can find more details about advertising on EMR and HIPAA on our EHR advertising page. Also, we’re just starting to accept advertisers on my blog partnership EMR and EHR for those looking for an additional EMR advertising option. Just drop me a line on our contact us page for more details.
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