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Happy Thanksgiving – Family Health History Day Infographic

Posted on November 27, 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.

Did you know that today is Family Health History Day? I didn’t either, but this infographic spells it out. I hope everyone’s having a lovely Thanksgiving! I have to get back to football my family.

Family Health History Day Infographic

Happy Labor Day!

Posted on September 1, 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.

Here in the US, today is Labor Day. I’ve got plans to spend the day at a waterpark with the family. I can’t wait since I’ve grown addicted to the water park this summer. As I think about why, I realize that a waterpark is a great mix of thrills and relaxation. You can go catch a waterslide and have some fun and get your heart going or you can go hang out in the lazy river or wave pool shallow area. It describes me really well. I love thrill and excitement, but I also love to just chill and hang out in my own thoughts or with good friends.

That’s my fun plans for today. What’s yours?

Also, I can never celebrate a holiday these days without thinking about all the amazing people in medicine who are working today. My hospital friend recently texted me “The hospital is always open. It’s one of the great and terrible things about working in a hospital.” She’s right. My thanks goes out to all those people who make a sacrifice on these holidays. Your labors are certainly appreciated my millions.

1300 Blog Posts and 3.5+ Million Pageviews

Posted on August 4, 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 need to try and remember to celebrate each blogs accomplishments more often. I just noticed that EMR and EHR just passed 1300 blog posts and 3.5 million pageviews since we started this blog on April 30, 2009 (Note: The full Healthcare Scene network is well over 6000 blog posts). I just came across this tweet and it seemed fitting to describe what I’ve done with EMR and EHR.

I guess one could argue that the Ark was built with help from THE EXPERT, but let’s not get dig into Bible doctrine here. No doubt this is the ark. People ask me all the time if I have a background in journalism. Short Answer: No. Long Answer: I was the guy that avoided any kind of English class in college and so I only took one business writing class my whole college career. After that they also ask me if I have a background in healthcare. Short Answer: No. Long Answer: I interviewed for my first job in healthcare about 9 years ago and when asked about my experience in healthcare I replied, “I’ve been to the doctor.” For those wondering, I do have an IT background. That’s why I’m appropriately @techguy on Twitter.

Why then has EMR and EHR been such a success? I’ll admit that my timing was good. The $36 billion in EHR stimulus money really helped this site grow. Although, this site wouldn’t have the thousands of email subscribers and regular readers that it has if there wasn’t something more.

At the end of the day, I think there are two major things that have made EMR and EHR a success: passion and community.

I love healthcare IT. More specifically, I love the impact of technology on systems. I love how you can use technology to improve something (yes, I know we could argue whether EHR improves something or not, but that’s another post). I have a deeply held belief that technology can improve processes. Luckily that belief is deeply rooted and proved out in millions of ways. Sadly, only a few of those are in healthcare, but to me that just means there’s so much opportunity. This passion is what makes 1300 blog posts possible. Any blogger can tell you that about 50 blog posts in, the low hanging fruit is gone. Passion is what gets you past 50 blog posts and why there’s a never ending well of content that can be written.

While passion is important (especially at the beginning when no one is reading), the real reason EMR and EHR is a success is because of the community behind it. The regular readers who comment publicly and privately make it something special. The readers who forward a post to their colleagues and friends are all apart of the makeup of the blog. The people who tweet and share these posts on social media are what make this blog tick. Thanks to all of you who contribute in some small or large way to the community.

Thanks for letting me muse for a minute about EMR and EHR. I’m looking forward to the next 1300 blog posts and 3.5 million pageviews. I think we’re entering one of the most exciting times for healthcare IT. I see a bunch of grunt work ahead, but the results of that grind are going to provide solutions we would never expect.

Staying Safe (and Healthy) During #GeorgiaSnow

Posted on January 29, 2014 I Written By

As Social Marketing Director at Billian, Jennifer Dennard is responsible for the continuing development and implementation of the company's social media strategies for Billian's HealthDATA and Porter Research. She is a regular contributor to a number of healthcare blogs and currently manages social marketing channels for the Health IT Leadership Summit and Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society. You can find her on Twitter @JennDennard.

You may have heard about the #Snowmadgeddon taking place in the South this week. As a resident of Georgia who commutes into Atlanta, I can safely say our fair city is in no way prepared to handle driving in such weather. We’re just not cut out for it. I tend to think in Twitter terms, so I’ll call it an #AtlantaFail. But, I must point out that situations like this, thankfully, bring out the best in most people. I saw many good Samaritans attempting to help stranded motorists during the four and a half hours it took me to get from the office park I was visiting to the closest friend’s house I could find. The friend, a fellow #HITchick, graciously opened her home to me and a friend I made at the networking event I attended earlier in the day.

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How does this tie into healthcare? I want to say a big thank you on behalf of patients everywhere to the ambulance drivers and EMTs that attempted to drive through the icy conditions last night to help those in need. I saw several ambulances on our drive last night, and heard many more sirens. Like the new friend I made, there were many folks in Atlanta that assumed they’d be traveling to their home states at the end of the workday. For those out-of-state residents that had health incidents during the #Snowpocalypse (another popular euphemism that has popped up on Twitter), I sincerely hope that digital tools helped their caregivers treat them more quickly and more effectively.

I also want to say a huge thank you to the school staff, teachers and bus drivers who did their best to help ensure Georgia’s school children remained safe and warm, even though it meant spending the night at school for some.  As a room mom, my next move will be showering our teachers with gratitude. As has become so evident over the last few years, healthcare starts at home and in our communities, and it definitely does my heart good to think that our kids were being taken care of while many of us were stuck in cold cars on treacherous roads.

I’ll be back on track with healthcare IT-specific topics next week. Stay safe and warm out there, folks!

Off Subject: Black Friday

Posted on November 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.

What’s your thoughts of Black Friday? Yes, this post has nothing to do with EMR and EHR, but you should be on vacation and spending time with family. Plus, if you’re at work you could probably use a diversion as well. So, let’s talk about Black Friday.

I ironically posted a Healthcare IT Black Friday post over on EMR and HIPAA today. I’ll be interested to see how many people like the idea of giving the gift of e-learning this holiday season. Nothing like giving the gift of learning. Although, I’m sure many would love chocolate as well. Of course, no reason you can’t do both.

How do you approach Black Friday? Do you brave the stores and find great deals? Are you like me and think that most of the black friday deals aren’t all that big of a deal?

As someone who doesn’t mind crowds, I don’t mind the crowded shopping. In fact, I kind of relish in a packed mall, full of people hustling and bustling around during the holiday season. My wife on the other hand hates it. However, I don’t see any need to get out and do all my shopping on Black Friday.

I don’t see shopping for gifts as a chore, but as a fun time to find something that will brightens someone’s day. I definitely don’t go overboard on gift giving. I try to be thoughtful and provide something of meaning and value to the people who receive my gifts. If I can’t find something that reaches those goals, I usually don’t give a gift.

Since I can’t resist comparison, I think this is a little like healthcare IT. Too often we try to force something that doesn’t make sense. That almost always leads to a failed or defunct project. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be creative. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t push the envelope. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t create change in our organizations. In fact, I’d argue that it will take extra creativity, pushing the envelope, and change to do what we know we should be doing in healthcare IT.

Either way, I guess you could call this my day off from blogging. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Regardless, I hope you’re having a great holiday weekend.

Fourth of July

Posted on July 4, 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 usual, I’ve created a Fourth of July post on EMR and HIPAA. Otherwise we’ll be taking the day off. I think you’ll enjoy that post.

Happy Fourth of July to everyone!

Memorial Day

Posted on May 27, 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.

We took the day off from posting today for Memorial Day. Although, I did write this personal story about Memorial Day for those that might be interested.

It’s always great to honor those who’ve fought for us. I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day and not a great BBQ Day.

What flows through you into the world?

Posted on May 17, 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.

On this lovely Friday I thought I’d throw out something that I heard at TEDMED that was quite profound. One of the organizers asked the following question that had impacted his life:

What flows through you into the world?

It’s a powerful concept to consider what we’re doing of good in the world. In fact, he asked some follow up questions for those of us in healthcare.

Are you in healthcare to do good? Or just to make money? Or just to provide for your family? Or just because you have no other choice?

I remember when I first got my job in healthcare I was really empowered by the idea that maybe something I did could help save someone’s life. It’s amazing how the mundane gets in the way of that broader vision. Although, I feel pretty good about what flows through me into healthcare IT and EHR. It just can always be more. I hope you’ll join me in thinking about this idea this weekend.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Posted on January 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.

I’ve mostly taken the day off today since my kids are out of school for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. I have been keeping an eye on the Presidential Inauguration and its messages for healthcare.

Outside of that, my plan is to take a bit of a break from work and spend time with my kids. I know that between now and HIMSS is a complete sprint for me and so it’s nice to have a little break before I start sprinting.

I always take a second to think about and thank all those healthcare workers who don’t have today off because healthcare never stops. I’m deeply appreciative to those who make that sacrifice. Some try to diminish that sacrifice by saying it’s their job, but that doesn’t change the sacrifice in my mind. Particularly because it’s true on every single holiday.

For those of you not working, what’s your plans for today? Anything fun and exciting? We’re thinking about taking our kids hiking. Yes, that’s the beauty of living in Las Vegas.

I woke up this morning to my son making a 3 course breakfast for my daughter (cereal, pancakes, and toaster strudel). Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make it wonderful. Considering the battles my son and daughter have had, it’s nice to see him do something nice for her.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Happy New Year! EMR and EHR Stats Report

Posted on January 2, 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.

Happy New Year to everyone!

I hope that everyone has had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Mine has been better than expected. I had a wonderful 2012 and I’m looking forward to an even better 2013.

I got a report that had some interesting stats related to EMR and EHR for 2012 that I thought I’d share.

In 2012, there were 300 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 748 posts.

The busiest day of the year was February 14th with 4,885 views. The most popular post that day was EMR and EHR Vendor List.

I really find my list of most popular posts ironic since so many of them were from past years. Luckily most of them are still valid today:
1. Evaluations of AllScripts EMR
2. Great Chart Comparing Meaningful Use Stage 1 with Stage 2 and 3
3. Funny Physician Exam Room EHR Etiquette Video
4. Allscripts May Sell Out to Private Equity Buyer
5. The Advantages of EMR Systems

I’m really proud of the way we covered all that happened with Allscripts this year. That top post has 143 comments on just that post. I think that many in that comment thread have gotten some help from others commenting. It’s been a hard year for Allscripts users. The EHR Etiquette Video is a good laugh if you need something to make you smile.

EMR and EHR has had visitors from 160 countries in all, but the US is far and away the top readership.

I hope you enjoyed the stats and thanks for reading! Here’s to a wonderful 2013!