A Lot to Be Thankful For at EMR and HIPAA

Posted on November 25, 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.

Today has been a pretty wonderful day for me. I played some Turkey bowl this morning, had a wonderful meal with my wife and kids and then watched The Grinch in the afternoon. A nice relaxing day with the people that I love the most.

As I think about my life, I have so many things to be thankful for. In fact, I think I take them for granted far too often. Right after I married my wife I took her on a trip back to Guatemala where she had lived for a year and a half. During our visit we visited one of her favorite friends. Turns out this lady lived in one of the poorest parts of Guatemala in what amounted to a river bed with some metal sheet roofs held up by old washing machines and stove tops stacked up.

Even amidst these amazing conditions, the wife gave some money to a child to run and buy some soda (since I’m sure they never usually had this) so that she could offer her guests (us) something wonderful. It was an amazing gesture and a great lesson. Although, what was also amazing was how this wonderful family was incredibly happy even in such difficult conditions.

As I think about wonderful people like this that I’ve met throughout my life, it makes me even more grateful for what I’ve been given.

This year I’ve also been reflecting on my decision to quit my day job and become a full time blogger and entrepreneur. While I can’t say that it’s not been without its challenges, I’m incredibly satisfied with my decision. In fact, it’s hard for me to imagine ever going back to work for someone again. I guess there’s probably some situation where it would be fun, but right now I’m incredibly happy with a wonderful job that most the time barely feels like work.

Of course, none of what I’m doing would be possible if it weren’t for great readers and great advertisers. I think this site has some of the best and smartest healthcare IT people that exist. There’s so many things that I don’t know, but I believe there’s few things that readers of this blog don’t know. My only hope is that I offer as much to my readers as they offer to me. The advertisers that support EMR and HIPAA are fantastic. Thanks to each one of you who support my efforts. Many of you have been advertising on here for years. I very much appreciate it!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We indeed have so much to be grateful for.