EMR Only Doctors, Average EMR Price, Most Wired Hospitals, and Healthcare Social Media

Posted on July 15, 2012 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.

Before I get to my Twitter round up of EMR and Health IT tweets, I thought at least a few of you would be interested in a short update on my previous post.

Mom and baby are home and doing really well. We’re still adapting to life with 4 children, but we feel really blessed. Thanks to everyone for the kind words on social media. Of course, how could I mention my new baby boy and not provide a picture of Gianluca:

Now on to some interesting EMR and Health IT tweets:

This wasn’t the tweet I meant to embed, but it seems that Dr. Zaphiris must have deleted the one I was going to embed. It talked about how Dr. Zaphiris had used EMR for so long she didn’t remember paper (or something like that). It made me wonder how many doctors today have only known EMR charting. Certainly it’s not a majority or even close, but I bet the number is higher than most would realize. If you add in doctors that don’t really remember paper charting, the number is even higher. This is the shift that’s occurring. We’ll call them EMR natives.

Where on earth did they get these numbers? These numbers remind me of when I started posting about EHR software on this blog 6+ years ago. That can’t be the average, can it?

The Twittersphere has been abuzz with the “Most Wired Hospitals” list that was put out last week. This tweet is one hospital that’s making the most of the list. I made my thoughts clear on lists. I think I heard someone say that those that make the most wired hospital list are better at PR than they are at tech. Those that love the tech don’t worry about some list. Although, I’m sure many at the hospitals on the list are enjoying the pat on the back.

I’d only change the would can to could. I think social media can benefit anything an organization wants to do. The real question is should you use social media to accomplish that purpose. In many cases the answer is no. Often it’s no because it’s not the right tool. Often it’s no because the company culture isn’t amenable to it.