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Social Media EMR Information

Posted on April 15, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and 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 interested to hear how others use social media to consume healthcare IT and EMR information. As most of you probably know, I’m a pretty avid user of social media. For me, it’s a combination of marketing my websites, getting new content and information for my websites, connecting with smart people, and just keeping a finger on the pulse of what’s happening in healthcare IT and EMR.

For example, many of you probably know about my two popular twitter accounts @techguy and @ehrandhit. My @techguy account is really my twitter account for everything and anything I feel like using Twitter to accomplish. It’s an interesting (at least to me) mix of healthcare IT/EMR, television, entrepreneurship, technology/social media, ultimate frisbee, and my other adventures in life. I love the freedom of that account since I’ll do and talk about most anything that I care to tweet about or people I care to connect with. @ehrandhit on the other hand is strictly EMR and Healthcare IT focused. I probably should give it a better voice than what it is now including more connecting with people and more thoughtful comments. Although, most of my best thinking becomes blog posts and then gets linked to that Twitter account.

I’ve also started this EMR and HIPAA Facebook page (You should all Like it). It’s seen some growth over time, but nothing like I expected that it might see. I’m not sure what people think of Facebook. Maybe most people go on Facebook to hang out and not necessarily talk shop. I can appreciate that. Although, when I see the number of people that have “Liked” other sites, I wonder if I’m just missing something about how I’m using Facebook.

I’ve become a big fan of LinkedIn. In fact, that’s why I recently started the Healthcare Scene LinkedIn group. I really love how people’s profiles are attached to the comments that they make. There’s something really refreshing about that approach. Plus, I love the conversations that happen after initially connecting in the group in a discussion about a specific topic. LinkedIn makes it really easy to connect with someone who you’ve been chatting with and extend a business relationship with them. It makes sense that the conversation is great on it since it’s such a business focused website.

While I love the above social media for finding and interacting with healthcare information, I’m still a bit surprised by the thousands of people who’ve signed up to receive the EMR and HIPAA email newsletter. Email isn’t technically social media, but it’s quite clear to me that email still plays a major role in our consumption of information and our interaction with others. Email is something we all use pretty much every day. So, I guess that makes sense why so many people want good information sent to their email. It’s convenient.

Then of course, I have a blog or two under the Healthcare Scene brand (check out the new headers I made for each site). Someone recently commented on my blog about the volume of misinformation that is out there. When I look at the list of blogs that I write and that I’m partnered with, I’m really happy to see the quality of independent information that’s being created to guide people in th EMR and healthcare IT industry.

I love how something as simple as blogging software can empower people to share their unique voice. Add in the above social media tools and the power of search on the internet and I think we can have a real impact for good on healthcare IT and EMR.

What tools do you use to consume information online? Are there tools that I haven’t listed that you love? How do you use those tools to make your and other’s lives better?

Dell Dives into mHealth with Mobile Clinical Computing Solution

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From hardware to hospitals, tech juggernaut Dell is diving into the mobile health space with a new venture few had anticipated.

Dell is launching a Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) solution for hospitals and health care organizations that use the Meditech Health Care Information System.

The solution, says Dell, will enable “a simplification and automation of IT operations.”

By delivering this technology solution for Meditech users – and its network of better than 2,300 hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physicians’ offices, and countless medical facilities – the MCC program represents Dell’s latest attempt, as Information Week reports, to explore new ways to offer technology to the healthcare sector.

Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) for Meditech is based on a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that is designed for fast, flexible deployment of virtual desktops in hospitals and their extended communities. The design includes VMware vSphere(TM) and VMware View(TM) as well as servers, optimized storage, networking, and security in a reference architecture that can be tailored to meet customer needs.

“One of the top pain points for virtually every healthcare CIO involves managing clinical and administrative desktops,” says Peter Stone, vice president and general manager of the Meditech Solutions Group within Dell Services.

“PC client issues strain otherwise carefully-deployed healthcare enterprise applications and can hinder adoption of advanced clinical software,” Stone says. “Deploying secure virtual desktops can resolve many of these challenges by utilizing VMware View(TM) to create a desktop and application design that simplifies and automates IT operations, while also reducing the risk of security breaches that plague local storage.”

Anytime Dell decides to take a venture into a new arena it is important to pay attention.  They possess the size and power to create instant influence in any industry.  It will be interesting to see if they can be equally successful in this new opportunity.