Happy Independence Day – 4th of July

Posted on July 4, 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.

Happy Independence Day to all of my readers. I find it pretty funny that now there’s a movement to make sure we say Independence Day instead of 4th of July. I think that we just have far too much time worrying about the words we use and not enough time on actually making a difference. I recently heard a phrase that I’m going to quote wrong, but went something like “Get a shovel and start digging.”

My favorite in the EMR world is when people go crazy if you use the term EMR and not EHR. Let’s just get over it. The doctors I talk to really are. They use them interchangeably to mean everything that you might technically consider an EHR. Choosing to call it an EHR doesn’t make it more usable or have more features. I’m totally fine with implementing an EMR that has all the features of every EHR out there and more. It’s really about what’s being implemented and not the definition or terms used.

Either way, one beautiful thing about this country is that we’re free to have different opinions. It’s sad to think that some bloggers in other countries get shut down because of what they say. I can’t imagine what that’s like. I’d hate to have anyone tell me what to say and I’d hate for my readers not to tell me when I’m wrong (which they usually do). Free speech and freedom doesn’t mean we have to be mean and that we can’t be respectful. However, it does mean that we’re free to have differing opinions and still respect each other. That’s the beauty of America to me.

Happy Independence Day!