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Health IT Workflow Stories at #HIMSS16 with @wareflo

Posted on February 28, 2016 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 head into HIMSS 2016 (#HIMSS16), we took time to sit down with the king of workflow, Charles Webster (@wareflo), to talk about the various health IT workflow and workflow technologies that we’ll find at the HIMSS Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Along with Charles Webster’s systematic review of 1000 health IT vendors already registered for HIMSS 2016, a number of health IT vendors hopped on camera to talk about their workflow technologies and related topics. Plus, we finish with where you can find a number of these vendors at HIMSS.

Periscope and Blab #HITMC Twitter Chat

Posted on November 2, 2015 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.

For those in the health care marketing and PR community, we wanted to remind you of the monthly #HITMC Twitter chats that we host on the first Tuesday of every month at 9 AM PT (Noon ET). They’re a great opportunity for health care marketing and PR professionals to connect, share, and learn about the unique aspects of marketing and PR in healthcare.

This month (November 3rd for those keeping track at home) we’re excited to have Charles Webster, @wareflo, hosting the health care marketing and PR Twitter chat where we’ll be talking about using Periscope and Blab for Health Care IT Marketing and Public Relations. Should be a lively conversation talking about two of the most exciting platforms out there and how health care can (and can’t) utilize them.

Right after the #HITMC Twitter chat we’ll be hosting a post chat #HITMC blab where we can talk about what was said on the chat, share more stories, and connect with those who participated. Plus, if you’ve never been on a blab before, this will be a chance for you to hop on and watch (or even jump on camera if you want). You can subscribe to the blab here.

For those not familiar with Twitter chats and blabs, all you need to do is visit this link at 9 AM PT (Noon ET), Tuesday, Nov 3. Then, visit this page at 10 AM PT (1 PM ET) for the post chat blab.

It’s all a bit meta, but if you’re interested in these topics we hope you’ll join!

Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference
The early bird registration for the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference is open and will save you $500 if you register between now and November 30th. Plus, since you’re a reader of a Healthcare Scene blog, you can get an additional $100 off by using the promo code: HITRocks when registering for the conference.

Also, the call for speakers is still open for a few more weeks for those who have a great health care marketing and PR experience to share. Don’t be shy. Be creative and share your knowledge with the community.

Top 10 Healthcare CIO Budget Priorities

Posted on September 22, 2015 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.

For those on the email list that can’t see the image that Charles Webster, MD shared, here are the list of top technology priorities:
1. BI/Analytics
2. CRM
3. Digitalization/Digital Marketing
4. Legacy Modernization
5. Industry-Specific Applications
6. Enterprise Applications
7. Infrastructure and Data Center
8. Application Development
9. Architecture
10. BPM
11. Cloud
12. Collaboration

Sure makes the life of a CIO look pretty easy, doesn’t it? (That was my sarcasm font in case you don’t have that font installed on your computer)

As I chew on this list, I’m processing Will Weider, CIO at Ministry Health Care’s response to me asking him what would he consider the 3 key focus areas for healthcare CIO’s:

Panel on Engaging Patients at the #IOBMC2015 Online Medical Conference

Posted on September 21, 2015 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 was lucky to moderate and take part in a panel on “Engaging Patients: How Technology Helps and Hinders” during the first ever online medical conference recently. I moderated the panel with Dr. Nick Van Terheyden, Colin Hung, and Dr. Charles Webster all joining me to discuss this important topic. If you haven’t seen it already and enjoy the topic of engaging patients (and we take this topic a number of interesting directions), then check out the video replay below.

Do You Periscope?

Posted on August 21, 2015 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 recently started to play around with Periscope. Have you been using it? Or have you been watching other people’s Periscopes? For those not familiar with the technology (or its competitor Meerkat), Periscope is a super simple way to live stream video from a mobile device. In literally a few clicks of your mobile screen, you can live stream pretty much anything.

Charles Webster is officially a Periscope addict and wrote a great post about why he’s become an addict and some of its healthcare IT uses. Here’s a section of that post:

I’ve fallen hard for Periscope, Twitter’s new live video streaming app. Despite a long list of “But…”s (privacy, flakey clients, low rez video, difficulty finding the best videos in real-time, trolls…), the idea itself — “Explore the world in real time through someone else’s eyes” — is great, perhaps even, dare I say, revolutionary. For example, yesterday I explored the world of EHR and health IT medical office workflow through the eyes of a patient and her physician. (By the way, the Periscope link is only good for 24 hours, so will cease to work today around 2PM EST. See further below for YouTube archive. The Periscope is to be preferred, because it includes comments and hearts.) I’ve surfed off the coast of Australia. I’ve admired kittens online (now, that IS revolutionary!).

Personally, I’m not as taken by Periscope as Chuck. The video quality isn’t as good. It’s not as fun for me to do by myself, but it is fun to do at a party where there are a lot of people. If you’re on a busy periscope, the chat messages get lost in the wave of messages. The hearting in periscope is nice unless you’re in a busy periscope where the hearts just never stop.

I’ll admit that the few periscopes I’ve done personally have felt really awkward. Dr. James Legan described it this way:

All of this said, I love to try new technologies and understand what’s going on by getting my hands a little dirty. Periscope is part of a trend around live streamed video that’s been happening for a lot of years now. Periscope has just taken it to another level of ease. Before it took a bit of technical skill to live stream video everywhere. Now anyone can do it with Periscope and it takes almost no effort. That’s something to watch.

Still don’t believe me? According to a post which is a few weeks old, there are over 10 million periscope accounts. Plus, they’re seeing over 40 years of video watched every day. I’m sure that’s number even larger today. Will this be a passing fad? I don’t think so since it’s really just the continued evolution of live streamed video.

I’m still not sure all the impact for good and bad of all this live streamed video. However, there’s something compelling about someone taking you live into their life. The list of Periscopes I’ve seen is quite different than Chuck’s list above. However, it’s just as broad of a spectrum of things and it’s great that we each have a customized experience of what’s interesting to us. There’s something really exciting about the discovery of something new or a look into something you’ve never seen before. It’s like going backstage into someone’s life. Everyone likes a behind the scenes look into something.

Consider this the start to my exploration of new technology. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Periscope. Have you used it? Have you found it valuable? Does it scare you? How will we see it used in healthcare?

Funny #NHITWeek Video

Posted on September 15, 2014 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 was talking with some people about creating a few National Health IT Week videos, and Dr. Webster (better known as @wareFLO) created this funny video.

Mr RIMP (@MrRIMP) is a Bluetooth-controlled, 3D-printed wearable robot who lives in Dr. Chuck Webster’s pocket (@wareFLO). Kids, pediatricians and child life specialists love him. And HE loves Health Information Technology! Happy #NHITweek!

I’m not sure where Dr. Webster gets the time to tinker, but I’ll never be as awesome as him. A Google Glass controlled robot! That’s awesome. Nice work Chuck.

Next Week’s Topic – EHR Workflow

Posted on June 6, 2014 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.

Next week, it’s going to be a little different around here. Next week, I’m going to be spending the week at Zions National Park as part of a family reunion. We did this a couple years back and unless things have changed, I’ll be stuck completely off the grid with no wifi or even cell coverage (Although, I may slip into town one day to check my email). Should be quite the experience.

I’ve actually done this a few times before and you probably didn’t know it. I just schedule the posts to appear and no one even realized I was gone. In fact, when I’ve done it in the past, I’ve had some of my highest traffic days on the blog. Don’t ask me how that works.

Next week, I decided to do something a little bit different. When I first started blogging, I remember a blogger “turning over the keys” to his blog to another blogger for the week. I always thought that was a kind of cool idea. Usually the person who “drives” the blog for the week enjoys it, the readers get another perspective, and the blog keeps humming while I’m wrestling 4 children and 12 cousins in the wilderness.

That’s indeed what I’ve done. Next week, I’m passing the keys to the EMR and HIPAA blog over to Chuck Webster, MD. Most people know him better as @wareFLO. He’s also well known for his famous HIMSS hat cam which has now been transitioned to Google Glass. However, Chuck is most well known for his interest in love passion adoration addiction to EHR and Health IT workflow. See his blog for example.

If you say EHR, he thinks workflow. If you say HIE, he thinks workflow. If you say population health, he thinks workflow. If you say meaningful use, he thinks workflow. If you say revenue cycle management, he thinks workflow. If you say donuts, he thinks workflow (This seems appropriate on National Donut day).

Needless to say, next week Chuck is going to be taking you through a series of blog posts covering EHR and Healthcare IT workflow. I’ve seen the preview and there are some real valuable nuggets that he’ll share. I particularly like the posts he’s planning for later in the week.

How’s that for a preview? Of course, if you hate EHR workflow, then I’ll be back with my regularly scheduled programming the week after. I look forward to hearing what you all think about Chuck’s posts. If you like the idea, maybe we’ll do it again in the future. Either way, I hope you’ll welcome Chuck next week and give him the same honest feedback, support, critiques, and suggestions in the comments that you give me.

Open EMR’s Death, Collaborative Health Record, and Improving EMR

Posted on December 29, 2013 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.


It seems a little ironic that an EMR vendor would write about wanting an open source EMR to die. Although, I couldn’t help but read the irony that this person chose not to be involved in the open EMR community because people weren’t getting involved in the community. A good old chicken and egg problem. Instead of contributing to the community so that it would be more vibrant, they chose to go out and develop EVERYTHING. The reality is that this person just wanted to build an EMR business. They didn’t want a real open source EMR community. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to build an EMR business, but it’s very different than contributing to a great open source EMR community and build a business.

As the author mentions, the Open EMR community isn’t going anywhere. In the hospital space, the Vista community isn’t going anywhere either. I will be interested to see how Open EMR handles MU. They did stage 1, but future stages are still a question mark from what I’ve seen. Of course, they could go radical and not worry about meaningful use. It will be interesting to see.


I’ve always loved the idea of the collaborative care record. Unfortunately, I don’t see much movement by the healthcare industry to make it a reality.


A lot of people are going to start asking this question. I believe it will be a couple years before this discussion really goes mainstream in hospitals (possibly post-MU), but it will be an important discussion. Of course, this isn’t a new discussion. It’s always a question of whether it’s best to improve the software you have or rip and replace. In the ambulatory side I predict we’re going to start seeing a lot of ripping and replacing of EHR software.

Everyone’s a Paramedic with Google Glass

Posted on June 21, 2013 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 you know, we’ve been pretty high on Google Glasses on this blog. Katie’s written a few articles about it including: “Google Glasses: The Future of Healthcare?” and “Goggles Suggested for Stroke Monitoring“. I’ve said before that whether Google Glass is the product that will win this category, the idea of always on computing that is available to you in real time with little to no interaction is indeed a game changing technology. Google or someone is going to get this right and it’s going to change so many things for the good.

I heard a really simple example that illustrates this idea. Imagine a Google Glass 911 service. The first thing they teach you in First Aid and CPR is to ask someone near by to call 911. Think about how that simple task changes with Google Glass. Hands free, the person could approach the injured victim and with their voice say, “Ok Glass. Dial 911.” Instant connection to a 911 operator who will have a voice and video connection to you along with the GPS coordinates of your location.

This takes being a 911 operator to a whole new level. Now they can see the victim and can give much better instructions. Plus, the person helping the victim can administer care while talking with the 911 operator hands free. What a compelling use case!

Turns out this could benefit the paramedics as well who could have their Google Glass video feed connected to the ER doctor who can see and instruct them where appropriate. The ER doctor could give instructions to the paramedic while the paramedic works hands free. The ER doctor could even send the paramedic images or video of what the paramedic should be doing.

I’m sure we could extrapolate this more into many other areas of healthcare, but you get the idea. It’s amazing to think what the mature technology could do in this regard.

Before you get too excited about the technology, Charles Webster, MD (who I hear has a device #glassenvy) posted a great link to the most comprehensive Google Glass article I’ve found. For those not interested in reading the lengthy article, the summary is that Google Glass still has a long ways to go to become a mature technology and achieve what I described above. However, I agree with the writer that this is a device of historical significance. It’s a category defining product.

No doubt Google Glass is an alpha release of a device. So, we should all be aware of that and treat it as such. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten my hands on a Google Glass device yet, but no doubt will spring at the chance to try it. While glass is full of limitations today, as the hardware and software mature, I can see some really valuable ways I could use something like this in healthcare and my life.

The Disappearing EMR, Patient Built EMR, EMR Competes with Paper, and Healthcare and Data

Posted on March 25, 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.

You should know the drill by now. Each weekend, I go through and list some of the interesting, insightful, entertaining, news-worthy or otherwise notable tweets that I find covering my favorite topics of EMR, EHR and healthcare IT.

I have a feeling a few of these tweets will drive some interesting discussion around EHR. I hope they do since I do enjoy a nice discussion.

First up is a tweet that’s pretty profound to consider when we think about EMR:


I think the EMR has disappeared for a number of clinicians, but not enough. Maybe this supports my comment in a previous post that we hear a lot of stories of failed EMR implementations, but we don’t hear the stories of as many successful EMR implementations. Is that because those EMR that are so successful basically disappear. Reminds me of life where you start to take for granted something that at first was such a game changer.


My first gut reaction to this tweet was the need to link my really old post, “Develop Your Own EMR, Are You Crazy?” Although, this seems like a little bit different situation. I do wonder how many people developing EHR software end up seeing doctors who use that same software. I wonder if they’d have different priorities and/or if they’d take different approaches if their healthcare was the only motivator behind the EHR software they developed.


This one’s a little self congratulatory I admit, but I always love to see people tweeting my posts. Plus, I love to see how they frame what I’ve written. I prefer to look at that post as a look at ways that EHR can still improve, not as an ode to paper or even worse an excuse for doctors to still use paper. If you liked that post, look forward to another post this week in the “Healthcare Spoiled” series.


This is very true. We’re not ready to handle all the healthcare data that’s being produced today, let alone the tsunami of healthcare data that will come. I’m not too concerned though. It means there’s a tremendous opportunity on the horizon for an entrepreneur to do something amazing.