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Lost in Italy for a Bit

Posted on May 21, 2007 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 can see my blog hasn’t gotten much activity lately. I wish I could say that things were going to get better, but the fact is that you probably won’t see many posts from me for the next 2-3 weeks. I’m going to Italy with my wife. I will give you a little look at where we’re headed in Italy.

Rome
We’ll be flying into Rome arriving about 10 AM. We’ll spend most the afternoon going around Rome. I think that Trevi Fountains, and the spanish steps are tops on my list of places to see in Rome. I also love going to St. Peter’s and watching the painters.

Napoli
After touring Rome we’ll hope on a train and head down to my friend’s place in Napoli. She is the sweetest lady. She said she’d have dinner waiting for us and a key to her house so we can just come and go as we please.

The next morning we’ll be touring some of Italy and I definitely have to hit Piazza Garibaldi to get me a suit and some other Sunday clothes for church. I was also told that there will be a baptism Saturday night. This happened last time I went to Napoli (truthfully Pozzuoli). It’s so much fun, because I get a chance to see a bunch of the members all at once. The next morning I’m sure we’ll enjoy church in probably the most beautiful chapel I’ve ever seen. Well, at least the view from the chapel is the best.

Amalfi
Monday we’ve got a nice hotel lined up in the beautiful town of Amalfi. We’ll probably check in to our hotel as early as possible and then head up for a little hike to the waterfalls just above Amalfi where they use to make paper. It’s an incredible hike that feels like you’ve gone into a completely different world. Got to love Valle Dei Mullini.

Positano
After spending the night in Amalfi, we’ll be taking an early morning “chicken bus” up to my favorite place in Italia:Sentiero degli Dei (Trail of the Gods). It’s about a 4 and a half hour hike. At the end of the hike there are 1000 steps to reach the beautiful city of Positano below. We’ve got a hotel lined up in Positano which will be a certainly welcome relief.

Napoli – Pompeii and Vesuvius
The next morning we haven’t decided exactly what we’ll do, but we’re considering heading to Pompeii since it’s in the area. However, if we’re too tired we might head back to Napoli and go to Pompeii later. I would love to take the boat from Positano back to Napoli. The boat is a lot of fun and a nice soothing ride.

Venice
After spending a couple days with friends in Napoli, we’ll be heading for a romantic weekend in Venice. I can’t say anything about Venice. It’s absolutely the most unique place I’ve ever been. It’s Romantic. It’s incredible and I can’t wait to stroll the streets with my wife. Not to mention a nice gondola ride.

Bologna
I’ll be meeting a friend of mine in Bologna. We’ll be attending church in Bologna which should be interesting since we’ve never been there. I’d rather go to church somewhere else, but I really want to see my friend Maria Rosaria so we’ll do what we have to do. Sunday after church my friend will pick us up and after eating some of her mother’s fine fine Italian cooking we’ll be heading to Florence.

Florence
We haven’t decided how many days we should spend in Florence. We’ll stay at least a day and up to 4 days. I must admit that my wife and I aren’t that into art and so I’m not sure how long we’ll want to stay in Florence. I think we’re probably going to want to head back to Napoli to spend more time with friends.

Well, that’s the general round up of our trip through Italy. Most things are subject to change, but it doesn’t really matter. No matter where we go or what we do we have nothing to worry about, because the best part of Italy is….

THE FOOD!!

Hopefully I’ll be able to at least blog a little from Italy, but if I can’t then we’ll see you after our trip.

Questions to Ask During an EMR Site Visit

Posted on May 17, 2007 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.

There are a ton of questions that you should ask when doing an EMR site visit. Yes, I’m not going to even address that you should do a site visit. If you don’t think you should, then just plan on your EMR implementation to fail. Ok, that might be a small exaggeration, but not by much. A site visit to see the EMR software working and to ask questions from actual users of the system should be an essential part of any EMR selection process.

Here’s a few questions you might want to ask when you’re doing an EMR site visit (Thanks Elsie):

* Was the amount and quality of training sufficient?
* How did you go about minimizing productivity loss during implementation?
* Are interfaces with lab, PMS, etc. functioning to your expectations?
* Where there any unexpected costs?
* Name three things that would make the system better.
* What are the three best features of the EHR?

I think we could list 100 more, but these are a couple good questions that will start some conversation. Having a good conversation is the key, because conversation will prompt you to ask other questions which you might not have thought of before the visit.

Short List of EMR Benefits

Posted on May 8, 2007 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.

In my business plan I made a short list of benefits that can come from implementing an EMR.

Avoid Medical Mistakes there have been 44,000-98,000 deaths due to medical errors
Reduce Costs An EMR significantly reduces and often eliminates transcription and medical records costs
Increases Revenue Complete and proper documentation with an EMR can allow doctors to charge insurance companies a higher rate while avoiding liability
Precise Medical Record An EMR makes a record more legible, accessible and consistent
Meet Standards An EMR is required for some accreditation standards and helps meet legal and regulatory requirements
Improve Efficiency Being able to share and access patient data quickly from any location improves the clinical workflow and efficiency

I thought this was a pretty succinct way to describe the benefits of EMR implementation.

Interesting Survey on Consumer’s View of Electronic Medical Records

Posted on May 1, 2007 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 often get emails from all sorts of people that want me to post this information or that. Sometimes I read it. Most the times I just delete it. Although, I almost always inspect it to see if it is worth reading. Today I found one that was pretty interesting. It’s a survey commissioned by QuadraMed (AMEX: QD, www.quadramed.com) that polled 587 American consumers. Here’s the summary results:

When asked if they were aware of the concept of electronic medical records, respondents were split (Yes: 49%, No: 51%).
After reviewing the definition of electronic medical records, the majority of respondents agreed that electronic medical records would increase each of the following:
The quality level of care they receive (91%)
The efficiency of the overall healthcare system (*93%)
The likelihood that they would chose a doctor or hospital with the technology needed to access and update EMRs over one that did not (82%).

I was actually surprised that consumers actually were aware of the concept of electronic medical records. Although, I guess the numbers could be skewed. I often say that I work at a Health Center doing Electronic Medical Records. People nod their head like they know what they’re talking about. Occasionally I follow up with a question like, you know what electronic medical records are? They usually give you a dumb look and say, well I can kind of understand what an electronic record is. Then, they usually admit that they have no clue what I really do.

I do think the last number is the most interesting. 82% of people would be more likely to go to a doctor’s office that had an EMR. This reminds me of a discussion we had a long time ago on EMRUpdate. Someone wanted to market to their patients that they had an EMR and came up with the clever slogan Got EMR? I don’t think it really went anywhere, but all of us on the forum got a good laugh thinking about how you could promote your use of an EMR to your patients.

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in Las Vegas it seems like the doctors have more than enough patients and don’t need to really market their services. Maybe if there was an over supply of doctors, patients would look into a doctor’s EMR use more. For now, paper chart or EMR will probably do most consumers.