EMR on Twitter

Posted on June 20, 2010 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 imagine that many of my readers use Twitter to find EMR information. Twitter is an interesting beast. It takes a little getting used to, but can be used in a whole number of ways. However, what people don’t realize is that you don’t have to be on Twitter and have a Twitter account to enjoy many of the benefits of Twitter.

I especially like Twitter during conferences. For example, during the HIMSS 2010 conference I would just search for the tag HIMSS2010 and found all sorts of interesting information about what was happening at HIMSS. Here’s a simple search for people talking about EMR on Twitter.

I think one of the main uses of Twitter is a way to share some of my favorite EMR links. I use this EHR and HIT twitter account to do that for some of my favorite bloggers. It’s also fun to see people’s reactions to the various items I post on that account. I guess people like what I’ve done since that account has 4232 followers of it.

At the end of the day, Twitter for me is a way for me to connect with lots of interesting people. Tomorrow, I’m going to lunch with a local CPA and blogger that I met on Twitter. It’s timely, since I’ve been looking around for a CPA. So, we’ll share lunch, I’ll teach him about blogging and we’ll see if his CPA services are a good fit for my needs.

Beyond that I’ve connected with so many people on Twitter. I’ve gotten free tickets to shows in Las Vegas. I’ve gotten free graphic design work. I’ve seen some of the latest breaking news before CNN and the likes are broadcasting it. I’ve found side work on Twitter. Plus, I’ve gotten hundreds of questions answered by my smart twitter friends.

Obviously, I’m a pretty big fan of Twitter. In fact, many of you likely found this blog through Twitter. I love Twitter because it can be used in so many ways. How do you use Twitter?

Also, if you want to connect to my personal twitter account (which also does quite a bit of EMR related content), I’m @techguy.