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EHR Vendors Join Twitter

Posted on March 21, 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 posted about CCHIT joining Twitter. Seems like a decent number of EMR and HIPAA readers are also on Twitter, because I’ve been getting a pretty good number of new followers in the HIT and EMR field.

As my 1423 followers and 2302 updates prove, I like Twitter a lot and really enjoy the way it can help people to connect (I’m techguy if you want to follow me). It’s really quite amazing how 140 characters could turn out to be so valuable and to a wide variety of markets too.

What was really interesting is I recently saw 2 EMR companies join the Twitter revolution: eMDs and NextGen. I think that it’s really smart for an EMR company to join the conversation. At least if it’s done right. So far they only have 8 tweets and 41 tweets respectively. It will be interesting to see how these 2 EMR vendors use twitter over time.

I tweeted one of these companies the following tweet, “How do you plan on using Twitter? Do you have a plan or are you just testing the waters?”

Their response was, “We’re just getting started, but hope to expand communication w/ customers & others in the industry & connect w/ the EHR community”

One thing is certain, we’re just seeing the beginning of what’s possible with Twitter. It’s going to be really fun to see what creative people are able to do with twitter and healthcare.

If you know of other EHR vendors or other important HIT people on twitter, please let me know in the comments.

CCHIT on Twitter

Posted on March 7, 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 notifying me that there a CCHIT twitter account added me. Is CCHIT on twitter? So far they have an account created and are following 68 people and 64 people are following them. The odd thing is that the CCHIT twitter account hasn’t posted a single tweet. There is a link on the CCHIT twitter profile to the CCHIT website. At first I thought this might be a fake CCHIT twitter account (could be kind of fun), but I really think it’s the official CCHIT that created it. Too bad they don’t understand how to use Twitter, or maybe that’s a good thing. I’ll leave that open for interpretation.

I’m on Twitter as well using the name Techguy and have a ton of HIT and EMR people following me. I often break into EMR and HIT discussions, but I also use that Twitter account for local things, technology in general, and anything I feel like posting. So, if you’re expecting to just read about EMR and HIPAA, then don’t follow my Twitter acount. However, if you don’t mind a little bit of everything, I’d love to have more people in the EMR and HIT industry following me. I’ll follow you back.

For those of you who aren’t on Twitter or have never heard of Twitter, I’ll just say “Try it, you’ll like it.” I’ve found you either get Twitter or you don’t. Someone can’t really explain Twitter to you.