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EMR Bloggers Come and Go, but EMR and HIPAA is Forever

Posted on November 27, 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 always think it’s fun to think back on the last 5 or so years doing this blog. When I first started there was a lot of excitement about HIT blogging. People were just kind of getting into it and there was a lot of interaction between bloggers. Then, it seemed like interest in the subject waned for a while. For example, one of my early “EMR blog sparring partners” was a blog called Calyx. From the looks of their archive, they lasted for just under a year of blogging and then just stopped. No note of why. Just no more posts. I actually thought maybe Calyx had gone out of business, but then I found their corporate website. I wonder how their Misys EMR stuff is going now.

I also use to enjoy some fun exchanges with the good people at TempDev. In fact, I still do on occasion, but you can see that they’ve gotten busy to blog. Or at least so it seems to me. Maybe I should find something to keep me more busy too. I guess for me blogging is part of my enjoyment. Why I enjoy writing about EMR is beyond me. I find it interesting and fun or I would have given up long ago. Like so many others that I could mention.

You can find a bunch of EMR and HIT related blogs listed on HITSphere. Sadly few of them are updated regularly. Not that I need any more content to read, but it’s fun to see what people find worth blogging about.

Of course, with the $18 billion of EMR stimulus money the whole EMR world has been reinvigorated and the biggest trend I’ve seen happening is the various EMR vendors joining the blogging world. I won’t try to list them all here, because there are far too many. Obviously, I’m a huge fan of blogging and the power of blogging. So, it’s nice to see EMR vendors join the discussion. Of course, that assumes that their blog is a discussion and not just a sales page and/or place for the press releases that no one wants to read.

Now, what does any of this have to do with you? Probably nothing really. Sometimes that’s the beauty of blogging. You’ll be surprised how many people will read you writing about nothing. As long as it doesn’t become a habit.

CCHIT Certification Thoughts

Posted on February 2, 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 just came upon a blog post on the TempDev blog that talks about the expansion of CCHIT certification into a number of new specialty categories. It’s really interesting to look at the list of new categories:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Research
  • Dermatology
  • Oncology
  • Advanced Interoperability
  • Advanced Quality (in reference to Quality Measures)
  • Advanced Clinical Decision Support
  • Long Term Care
  • OB/GYN

As noted by Ben, these are in addition to the HIE and PHR categories added for 2009. Well, I never back away from a discussion about CCHIT. I just wonder why the Senate hasn’t called me up to a hearing to talk about CCHIT certification. Of course, my friend Al Borges would do much better than I, but I digress.

After reading through Ben’s post about the expansion of CCHIT I had to leave a few of my thoughts on the subject in the comments. I thought most of my readers would find it interesting and so here’s some off the cuff thoughts on CCHIT certification that I left in the comments:

You are dead on when you say that CCHIT is a powerful driver in the EHR marketplace. It’s a really tough decision for EMR companies to decide whether to spend money on CCHIT certification or not. Not because CCHIT certification will make their product any better. The biggest advantage CCHIT certification offers is in your ability to market/sale your EMR system. That fact can’t be argued. It’s just unfortunate that the public isn’t better informed about the meaning of CCHIT certification.

I do think that over time CCHIT certifications will be so old that EMR companies are going to have to avoid the discussion of with CCHIT certification year they have or something like that. This will lead to consumers being unhappy with the process and lead to more troubles in the future.

The problem is that CCHIT hasn’t create a sustainable certification model for most EHR companies. I even hear that CCHIT might not have a sustainable certification model themselves despite their incredibly high rates for certification. At least that was what I read when I heard that CCHIT was going back to the government for more funding.

I still think the biggest problem is that most people see certification as a strong indicator of whether the EMR is usable or not, but CCHIT doesn’t test that at all. I’m considering some options to measure that and even possibly pursuing a PhD in health informatics where I’d like to study the subject. We’ll see.

It will be interesting to see how many specialties actually certify in these categories. My guess is that it will be the same Jabba the Hut EMRs (my term) that did the original CCHIT certification.

I guess you know where I stand on this issue.

Watch for more discussion about CCHIT, because I think it’s important to share my views on the subject considering it could be a major part of what I call the Obama EMR stimulus package.