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Physician Burnout Humor – Fun Friday

Posted on October 12, 2018 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’s been a busy week for us here at Healthcare Scene. We were on the road in Seattle at the SHSMD conference which Colin covered really well over on Hospital EMR and EHR and on HITMC.com. Next week we’re off to Boston for the MEDITECH Physician and CIO Forum and the Connected Health Conference, but you already new that if you track our list of healthcare IT conferences. Lots of exciting things ahead which we’ll be sure to share here and on social media.

That said, it’s time for us to prepare for the weekend with our latest edition of Fun Friday. This week’s entry comes from @DocAroundThClok.

[Hospital boardroom]

CEO: I hear the medical staff & residents are burnt out and in significant debt from grad school. Is there anything we can do to help?

CFO: How about a monthly email asking them to donate to the hospital?

CEO: Gee, I don-

CFO: Weekly email?

CEO: Perfect

Burn out is a real thing and while healthcare administrators aren’t the root of all the burnout, they can certainly contribute to more or less burnout. Hopefully a little laughter on a Friday will contribute to less burnout.

A Justin Bieber Opioid Ballad from ZDoggMD

Posted on September 28, 2018 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’s a casual work Friday here at Healthcare Scene, so we like to take off from our regularly scheduled programming for something a little more casual. The latest parody video from ZDoggMD is about the Opioid Crisis and might be his best work yet. The messages he shares in the video are really spot on. I can imagine many of the legitimate chronic pain suffers might not like some of the ways it characterizes those who use opioids, but I thought ZDoggMD covers that in his comments about the impact the opioid crisis has had on chronic pain patients.

Check out the video below:

Have a great weekend and let’s all do what we can to help those around us impacted by opioids.

The Cloud – Fun Friday

Posted on August 31, 2018 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.

Leave it to the one and only Dr. Deborah C. Peel, MD from Patient Privacy Rights to share with me this humorous look at the cloud and how many of us treat the cloud. I’m sure nothing like this would ever happen in healthcare. However, it sure does offer an interesting perspective of the cloud. This is particularly true with individual patients. I hope you enjoy learning about the cloud from Kitty Flanagan.

Healthcare Security Humor – Fun Friday

Posted on August 3, 2018 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.

After Mike Semel’s recent post on embarrassment, career suicide, or jail, it may seem a bit ironic to offer some healthcare security humor. That’s exactly why we think it’s good to share some healthcare security humor. We love irony and we often have to remember that what we do is extremely serious, but we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. Plus, humor can often get a point across in a way that is extremely memorable. That’s how I felt when I saw the healthcare security cartoon below:

This cartoon reminds me of the hospital CIO who told me “I’m most concerned with the 21,000 security vulnerabilities that existed in my organization. I’m talking about the 21,000 employees.” This is a real problem and one that many people don’t take serious enough in healthcare. It’s not something you can just put as a line item on a budget. It takes shaping the culture of your organization and that’s hard, but essential.

Wellness and Patient Centered Care – Fun Friday

Posted on June 22, 2018 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’s time for the weekend, so let’s get your weekend started off right with some healthcare humor. This first cartoon explains a lot about our healthcare problems today. Although, in 2018 the device is even smaller.

This one is sad and funny. It definitely illustrates how many times we have to work on our definitions of patient centered care. I’ve found that the first step in that is talking with more patients.


Coworker Humor – Fun Friday

Posted on May 18, 2018 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’s Friday! Time to get ready for the weekend with a little co-worker humor:

Good teammates definitely feel like a mythical creature. They’re really really hard to find. So, once you find them, be extremely grateful. It’s amazing how much your teammates impact you. I love that this tweet was about gamers, but it’s true in work and life as well.

HIT Software Upgrades and Telemedicine Humor – Fun Friday

Posted on April 27, 2018 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.

We’re heading into the weekend and so it’s time for another Fun Friday. This first cartoon is something that all EHR users and those involved in software updates will understand. What’s interesting is that many EHR users haven’t learned the lesson from Windows updates. So many healthcare organizations are working on outdated EHR software. Of course, there’s a good balance. I’ve been at the leading edge of EHR upgrades and gotten really burnt before too. Somewhere in the middle is best. Of course, if you’re on a true cloud based EHR, then you don’t really get a choice. Something that makes many people love cloud based EHR and some people hate them.

And now for some mental health telemedicine fun. There is some irony in the situation.

IoT Cartoon – So Much Healthcare – Fun Friday

Posted on February 2, 2018 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.

SAP shared a really great IoT cartoon that illustrated a wide variety of ways that our devices (and yes, everything is becoming a device) will be connecting and communicating with us. What was surprising to me when I saw it was how many of them had something to do with our health.

Obviously we still have some work to do with how our devices communicate with us. However, this was a funny look at the future of what’s being monitored and communicated to us.

“Twas the Night Before Go-Live – Fun Friday

Posted on December 22, 2017 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.

The Friday before Christmas. Everyone’s favorite day at work. I hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday season and that you’re ready for Monday. I know I still have work to do.

I thought this holiday poem from Moxe Health would be a nice way to finish off the week as we head into Christmas. I think you’ll all enjoy it too:

Here’s the text of the poem:
‘Twas the night before go-live at Whoville Saint General-
Hospital, Clinics (and Drug Store) for Medical-
Treatment of Sore Throats and Coughing and Sneezing
(And any old illness your aunt might think pleasing).

The doctors and nurses were not in their beds.
How could they when ransomware danced in their heads?
The nighttime clinicians were making their rounds,
And hoping to not hear “Code grey!” or worse sounds.

With thoughts of the past their brave CMO trembled,
Like dachshunds on ice, which he somewhat resembled,
His hospital soon would wear new healthcare software,
In hopes that efficiencies soon would be found there.

Back months ago all the directors (nice folk),
With one voice had told him, “Get better!” They spoke:
“Our PHI — all of it’s leaking outside.
Our payers are livid! Please help us,” they cried.

The hospital CMO was a good man.
He said, “I will fix it as soon as I can.
When treating our patients I brook no delay.
We need a solution? So be it! I’ll pay!”

Then what to his sleep-deprived eyes should be seen,
An elf health IT vendor on his touchscreen!
She promised to help him to her best ability,
Promising inter-o–operability.

‘Twas smart and so friendly — a right jolly elf,
Millennial – but she could laugh at herself.
She sang, “As we move toward performance incentives,”
“It’s time for you all to start using preventives.”

With warnings of breaches piled up at her side,
“It’s time to stop mailing or FAXing,” she cried.
“Now with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment,
You must better serve ev’ry insurance claimant.”

“The blocking of info will be in the past,
Devices will network, in full and at last.
With EMR apps and solutions galore,
Just think of me as your IT superstore.”

Excited, our CMO then called his CEO,
Who in turn brought in their wonderful CFO,
And teleconferenced their hospital CIO,
“Yes, yes,” here, “Yes, yes there,” Ee yi oh, Ee yi oh.

The elf dressed in white, just like fresh snow, she said,
“Because in a hospital no one likes red.”
Her tech so disruptive, her sales pitch so merry!
Our CMO called for his tech guy, named Larry.

“On, Epic! On, Cerner, Athena, McKesson,
On, NextGen and Praxis!” The fairy’s good lesson:
“On, HIMSS, MIPS and HIPAA! On, HEDIS and Star!
Your hospital will be the most bestest by far!”

They went through the install. The elf vendor fairy-
Helped all the clinicians and IT guy Larry.
The CMO’s big day would swiftly arrive.
The button was pushed and the system went live!

Clinicians and board members feared for the worst, or
At least a big pop-up to “X” with the cursor.
But then it was just so amazing to see,
How swiftly was reconciled all HCC.

Staff pushback all melted, just a like spring icicle,
As they began their new revenue cyclical.
All the clinicians were filled with such gratitude,
And even patients took on a new attitude.

Screens, how they twinkled, and noses — they crinkled,
The food tasted better and sheets were not wrinkled.
With CPOE and all gap management flying,
Our CMO could not stop sillily smiling.

The fairy then left, trailing laughter and mirth,
As our CMO learned what good IT was worth.
You don’t even need to be the biggest spender
(So long as you have a good elf for your vendor).

Second Opinions and Dr. Google – Fun Friday

Posted on November 3, 2017 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 have a feeling that this cartoon might rub some people the wrong way. Although, on Fun Friday’s I’m never one to not share something as funny as this.

The key discussion point in this cartoon is doctors’ frustration with patients who are already “self-diagnosed.” Rational people know that there’s a need for balance and respect, but not everyone is rational. Patients should respect the doctor and collaborate with them in their diagnosis process. If patients aren’t careful it’s easy to see how it can go too far and show a lack of respect to the doctor. That said….

It’s also easy to see how doctors can be disrespectful to patients. In today’s #HITsm chat, Erin Gilmer commented that patients wanted to be treated as equals. I suggested that “equals” wasn’t the right term since they weren’t equals. Doctors know some things that patients don’t know and patients know some things that doctors don’t know.

Erin then suggested the term “respected” which is what I used above and I think is a great term to describe how the doctor-patient interaction should be. They should equally respect each other. If that were the case, the above cartoon wouldn’t be so funny.