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The Value of Service – Martin Luther King Day

Posted on January 15, 2018 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.

Today in the US, we’re celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. To celebrate the holiday, I thought it would be great to share some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes. Many of the messages are relevant to the healthcare and illustrate what makes those working in healthcare so special.

Driving Innovation in Healthcare Forward Requires New Ways of Thinking – #HITsm Chat Topic

Posted on January 9, 2018 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.

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 1/12 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Constance Sjoquist (@CASjoquist), Chief Content Officer at HLTH.co on the topic of “Driving Innovation in Healthcare Forward Requires New Ways of Thinking.”

Traditional channels for ideating, learning, and sharing ideas, products and services that can improve healthcare outcomes, lower costs and make it easier on everyone involved are changing. Health plan members, budding consumers, both new and long-time patients, sponsor payers, employers, providers, medical device companies, pharma companies and start-ups and investors all have a vested interest. Not to mention the various federal and state-level government agencies that regulate all of these constituents.

So how can all of us – ALL OF US – work together to improve healthcare outcomes and lower costs – all while making it easier on all of us?

This chat raises and explores some ideas to help drive innovation in healthcare forward. We need new ways of thinking. Gigantic conferences and one-sided media movements are not cutting it.

Come join this exchange on how we can ALL participate and contribute in the drive to make healthcare more innovative.

Topics for This Week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: What are the primary reasons why the transformation of healthcare in the United States in 2018 and beyond is so difficult and challenging? #HITsm

T2: How can plan members, budding healthcare consumers, new & long-time patients, their sponsor payers, employers, providers, medical device companies, pharma companies & start-ups – help to reduce healthcare costs while improving quality of care? #HITsm

T3: In what ways can healthcare conferences, forums and media – traditional and digital – help to drive innovation in the health industry? And help to reduce healthcare costs while improving quality of care? #HITsm

T4: In what specific ways can disruptive technologies like #AI, #BigData, #MachineLearning, AR/VR, #3DPrinting, #PrecisionMedicine, Mobile & #IoT drive & support transformation of #healthcare? #HITsm (How’s that for too many hashtags!)

T5: Where can plan members, #healthcare consumers, new & long-time patients, their sponsor payers, employers, providers, medical device companies, pharma companies & start-ups look for examples of successful industry transformation? #HITsm

Bonus: What‘s one thing #healthcare conference organizers, the media that promote #healthcare & those that attend & support conferences help to move healthcare forward? What are they currently not doing? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
1/19 – How is society’s drive for everything “on demand” changing healthcare?
Hosted by Darin Vander Well (@DarinVanderWell) from @docutap

1/26 – Patient Portals and Chronic Disease Management
Hosted by Monica Stout (@MI_turnaround) from Medicasoft

2/2 – TBD

2/9 – TBD

2/16 – TBD

2/23 – TBD

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

If you’re searching for the latest #HITsm chat, you can always find the latest #HITsm chat and schedule of chats here.

What’s Trending in #HealthIT in 2018? – #HITsm Chat Topic

Posted on January 3, 2018 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.

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 1/5 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by John Lynn (@techguy), Founder of Healthcare Scene, the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference, and Health IT Expo, on the topic of “What’s Trending in #HealthIT in 2018?

As we start 2018, we thought it would be appropriate for the #HITsm chat to take a short look back at 2017 and then to start looking forward to 2018. What are going to be the hot topics for 2018? What should we be doing to be prepared for what’s coming? What can we do to better improve healthcare in 2018? Plus, hopefully, you’ll also share some ideas for what you’d like to see from #HITsm in 2018 as well.

Join us as we dive into this topic during this week’s #HITsm chat using the following questions.

Topics for This Week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: What was the biggest #HealthIT announcement, change, trend, etc in 2017 and why? #HITsm

T2: Which part of #HealthIT in 2018 are you most watching because you’re scared about what will happen? And Why? #HITsm

T3: Which part of #HealthIT in 2018 gets you most excited or will be most transformative? And Why? #HITsm

T4: What are you doing to prepare for what’s coming in #HealthIT in 2018? #HITsm

T5: What are some creative ideas/hosts/etc you’d like to see happen during #HITsm chats in 2018?

Bonus: What are your personal and/or career goals for 2018? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
1/12 – Driving Healthcare Innovation Forward Requires New Ways of Thinking
Hosted by Constance Sjoquist (@CASjoquist), Chief Content Officer at HLTH.co

1/19 – TBD
Hosted by Darin Vander Well (@DarinVanderWell) from @docutap

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

If you’re searching for the latest #HITsm chat, you can always find the latest #HITsm chat and schedule of chats here.

How Many Garage Entrepreneurs Are In Healthcare?

Posted on December 29, 2017 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.

The final image this holiday week comes from a tweet shared by David Chou. In his tweet e shares an image of some incredible companies that were founded out of a garage. Hard to argue with these companies and the success they’ve garnered:

When I look at this image I try to think of any massive healthcare companies have been started out of a garage. I couldn’t think of any off hand. Then I started to wonder if that’s a good or a bad thing. Would love to hear your thoughts.

What Does EHR and Health IT Mean for You?

Posted on December 28, 2017 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 continue sharing a thought provoking image each day this holiday week, I think this image will rub people the wrong way. I know it causes a little bit of pain for me, but I thought it was worth sharing to see what other people think of it. It comes from SD Global Tech:

If this graphic doesn’t bother you, then you probably haven’t been in the EHR and healthcare IT world very long. While I do think that we start to take technology for granted very quickly, I also think that many in healthcare have heard these promises for decades and many of them feel very hollow. It’s much better to show an organization that you can really do these things than to share it in an infographic on Twitter.

Granted, this image was shared from a company in Malaysia. I’m not as familiar with healthcare IT in Malaysia. So, maybe this graphic is totally appropriate for their market. Although, I’d be surprised. My international experience has been that every healthcare organization around the world is suffering through very similar challenges.

EHR Physician Use by Time of Day

Posted on December 27, 2017 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 we continue our holiday week of sharing interesting healthcare IT and EHR images, today’s image comes from the NEJM Catalyst. This image charts the Percent of total EHR work time against the hour of the day. Plus, it also splits it out into weekday work and weekend work.

The thing I hate about this chart is that it doesn’t show when doctors use to spend time doing paper charts. I still wonder how similar those charts would be. I’m just not sure we have that data anywhere.

6 Ways Blockchain Could Disrupt Health Insurance

Posted on December 26, 2017 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 taking this week mostly off from work to enjoy the holidays with family. So, this week we’re going to keep our blog posts simple. Each day this holiday week I’m going to share an interesting image, graphic, chart, etc.

This first image comes from a tweet by Christine Boursin who looks at ways blockchain could disrupt health insurance:

What do you think of blockchain’s potential impact on health insurance?

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 25, 2017 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 know that a number of readers don’t celebrate Christmas, but I do and I love this time of year. A lot of people get annoyed by the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the need to get a gift for someone else. I love all the activity and the opportunity to spend time thinking about someone else. That’s a beautiful thing and something we need more of in this world.

I hope you have a happy holiday season whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Thanks for reading and supporting us at Healthcare Scene.

“Twas the Night Before Go-Live – Fun Friday

Posted on December 22, 2017 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.

The Friday before Christmas. Everyone’s favorite day at work. I hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday season and that you’re ready for Monday. I know I still have work to do.

I thought this holiday poem from Moxe Health would be a nice way to finish off the week as we head into Christmas. I think you’ll all enjoy it too:

Here’s the text of the poem:
‘Twas the night before go-live at Whoville Saint General-
Hospital, Clinics (and Drug Store) for Medical-
Treatment of Sore Throats and Coughing and Sneezing
(And any old illness your aunt might think pleasing).

The doctors and nurses were not in their beds.
How could they when ransomware danced in their heads?
The nighttime clinicians were making their rounds,
And hoping to not hear “Code grey!” or worse sounds.

With thoughts of the past their brave CMO trembled,
Like dachshunds on ice, which he somewhat resembled,
His hospital soon would wear new healthcare software,
In hopes that efficiencies soon would be found there.

Back months ago all the directors (nice folk),
With one voice had told him, “Get better!” They spoke:
“Our PHI — all of it’s leaking outside.
Our payers are livid! Please help us,” they cried.

The hospital CMO was a good man.
He said, “I will fix it as soon as I can.
When treating our patients I brook no delay.
We need a solution? So be it! I’ll pay!”

Then what to his sleep-deprived eyes should be seen,
An elf health IT vendor on his touchscreen!
She promised to help him to her best ability,
Promising inter-o–operability.

‘Twas smart and so friendly — a right jolly elf,
Millennial – but she could laugh at herself.
She sang, “As we move toward performance incentives,”
“It’s time for you all to start using preventives.”

With warnings of breaches piled up at her side,
“It’s time to stop mailing or FAXing,” she cried.
“Now with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment,
You must better serve ev’ry insurance claimant.”

“The blocking of info will be in the past,
Devices will network, in full and at last.
With EMR apps and solutions galore,
Just think of me as your IT superstore.”

Excited, our CMO then called his CEO,
Who in turn brought in their wonderful CFO,
And teleconferenced their hospital CIO,
“Yes, yes,” here, “Yes, yes there,” Ee yi oh, Ee yi oh.

The elf dressed in white, just like fresh snow, she said,
“Because in a hospital no one likes red.”
Her tech so disruptive, her sales pitch so merry!
Our CMO called for his tech guy, named Larry.

“On, Epic! On, Cerner, Athena, McKesson,
On, NextGen and Praxis!” The fairy’s good lesson:
“On, HIMSS, MIPS and HIPAA! On, HEDIS and Star!
Your hospital will be the most bestest by far!”

They went through the install. The elf vendor fairy-
Helped all the clinicians and IT guy Larry.
The CMO’s big day would swiftly arrive.
The button was pushed and the system went live!

Clinicians and board members feared for the worst, or
At least a big pop-up to “X” with the cursor.
But then it was just so amazing to see,
How swiftly was reconciled all HCC.

Staff pushback all melted, just a like spring icicle,
As they began their new revenue cyclical.
All the clinicians were filled with such gratitude,
And even patients took on a new attitude.

Screens, how they twinkled, and noses — they crinkled,
The food tasted better and sheets were not wrinkled.
With CPOE and all gap management flying,
Our CMO could not stop sillily smiling.

The fairy then left, trailing laughter and mirth,
As our CMO learned what good IT was worth.
You don’t even need to be the biggest spender
(So long as you have a good elf for your vendor).

Does Your HIPAA Risk Analysis Tool Protect Your Practice?

Posted on December 15, 2017 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.

Fourth quarter signifies more than a countdown to the holidays, many healthcare organizations are met with the realization that it is time to complete HIPAA risk analysis in order to comply with MACRA – MIPS. Of course, HIPAA risk analyses are nothing new, practices should be conducting  them regularly,  in light of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule which gave teeth to the regulations and made  an annual HIPAA risk analysis a requirement for every healthcare organization.

Recently, I was recently reading a blog post by HIPAA One called “Not All Risk Analysis Tools Created Equal” and it made me think about the requirements for a bona fide risk analysis. I realize that HIPAA One provides a risk analysis solution and therefore, approaches the conversation as a vendor would, however, they are also deeply embedded in the HIPAA risk assessment world and have a unique understanding of what’s happening.

I’ve seen first-hand the principle they describe in the post with many medical practices. Most medical practices are so overwhelmed  with the daily grind of dealing with staff issues, schedules, billing, supplies, etc that it’s hard for them to distinguish between a high quality risk analysis tool and one that was built 3 years ago and hasn’t been updated since then.

In HIPAA One’s blog post they offered a list of what you should look for in a HIPAA risk analysis solution and I think this is a great  starting point for any organization that needs a tool or is evaluating their existing tool:

  1. Industry-Certified Auditors on Staff – Verify the vendor has:
    1. Auditors who are certified professionals, such as CHPS, CISSP, HCISPP, CISA, etc. and
    2. Previous experience responding to AND PASSING government and private-sector audits.
  2. Compliance Gap-Assessment – This assessment determines if your workplace meets each of the HIPAA requirements as selected the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) HIPAA Audit Protocol.
  3. Mock-Audit – Put your money where your mouth is. If your workplace maintains HIPAA compliance, prove it with proper supporting documents and examples per the OCR’s HIPAA Audit Protocol.
  4. Risk Analysis –Bona Fide security risk analysis which digs into any non-compliant areas along with a calculation tool that addresses which gaps are low, medium or high risk to the organization using NIST-based methodologies (i.e. at minimum NIST800-30 rev1 and NIST 800-53 rev 4).
  5. Remediation Plan – This documented plan answers the questions: “Who will do what by when” in regards to remediating gaps in compliance.
  6. Final Report – Key deliverable proving compliance with HIPAA security risk analysis.
  7. Ongoing Tracking – Track the resolution of those gaps in compliance by proving due diligence in the event of an audit.
  8. Periodic Re-evaluation – Each year take a new “snapshot” performing steps 2-6 on any changes that happened from the previous year.

The item on this list that I see fall short in many solutions and services on the market today is the remediation plan. It’s amazing how many tools only account for a risk analysis, and do not provide any guidance on creating remediation plans for any risks you find. That’s a big deal and could leave you in trouble if your practice is ever audited and hasn’t remediated any of your security deficiencies .

The good news is that HIPAA risk analysis tools have come a long way over the years. ]  Much like you need to make sure EHR vendors are updating and improving their systems to meet your needs and comply with changes in government regulations, the same is true with HIPAA risk analysis tools. Make sure you take the time needed to ensure the quality of the tools and services you’re using. Ignorance is not bliss when a HIPAA audit occurs.

Note: HIPAA One is a Healthcare Scene sponsor.