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President’s Day – The Responsibility of Tomorrow

Posted on February 15, 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.

Last year I started the tradition of posting some presidential quotes that I found interesting as a way to honor President’s Day in the US. I’ll keep that tradition alive with the quote below:
Lincoln Quote

Happy Holiday! – How Much Love Did You Put Into Your Giving?

Posted on December 25, 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 hope everyone is enjoying this Holiday season. Here’s a quote which hit me as I thought about what I’d give to those I love this Christmas. Now I’m working to remember it as I receive so much from so many I love.
Mother Teresa Giving Quote

Veteran’s Day

Posted on November 11, 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.

Today is Veteran’s Day and so I thought I’d take a minute to say thank you to all the people that have risked and are still risking their lives in order for us to have the freedom’s we enjoy. My brother is currently in Japan in the Air Force so I’m thinking about him in particular today. Who are you thinking about?

Of course, since this is a health care blog, I hope that the VA and DoD can get their EHR right and make sure that the Veteran’s get the very best health care in the world.

Veteran's Day

Happy Memorial Day Video

Posted on May 25, 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.

Happy Memorial Day to those readers who are in the US. I thought this video captured the spirit of the Holiday so well. My thanks to all the military veterans out there.

Parkinson’s Disease and Health Data: A Personal Story

Posted on March 5, 2015 I Written By

Anne Zieger is veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Zieger formerly served as editor-in-chief of FierceHealthcare.com and her commentaries have appeared in dozens of international business publications, including Forbes, Business Week and Information Week. She has also contributed content to hundreds of healthcare and health IT organizations, including several Fortune 500 companies. Contact her at @ziegerhealth on Twitter or visit her site at Zieger Healthcare.

For 20 years, I’ve been writing about clinical data management, analytics and what has now come to be known as Big Data. Like everyone else who follows this sector, I’ve been exposed to many examples of brilliant thinking about leveraging health data, and of late, a growing number of examples where data analytics has improved care and saved lives.

I’ve also reported on dozens of notable case studies in which combing EMRs for telltale signs of disease has resulted in finding dangerous or even life-threatening conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and to a more limited degree cancer. What’s even more remarkable is that we’re likely to see the list of conditions detectable by data analytics expand greatly, particularly if we make smart use of the growing flood of mobile health data.

The problem is, we’re still extremely far from achieving universal health data interoperability, and no amount of inspiring speeches by HIT thought leaders or Congressional bellyachers will achieve this goal on their own. We need a shift comparable to cultural transformation that fueled the astonishing progress of our space efforts. (Maybe someone should claim that the Russians are ahead of us in the interoperability race — we can’t let them Russkys achieve national health data interoperability before we do, durn it!)

And none of this will help me get the last few years of my life back.

You see, while the diagnosis hasn’t been all-out finalized, it appears that I have a case of early-onset Parkinson’s Disease. I won’t bore any clinicians with a detailed description of the illness, but suffice it to say that it’s neurological in origin, potentially disabling and at present, uncurable and unstoppable.  I can probably still live a good life, particularly if I respond well to standard drugs, but all told, this thing is a major buzz kill.

I’ve had signs and symptoms that fit the diagnosis for at least a couple of years, and I dutifully reported them to the caregivers I saw. That included several encounters with doctors associated with the large, high-quality health system which serves the region where I live.  The health system providers entered the symptoms into their jet-fueled Epic EMR, but it seems that despite that, they never put two and two together.  (And as is still the norm, the data gathered at PCP visits has been in no way connected to the data living in the hospital Epic system.)

Fortunately, picking up on the earlier signs of Parkinson’s — if that is indeed my condition — wouldn’t have done anything to slow the progression of the illness. (If I had a malignant cancer, of course, this would be a different story.)  But heaven knows I would have had the clarity I needed to make good self-care choices.

For example, I could have seen physical therapists to help with growing muscle weakness, occupational therapists to help me adjust my work style, joined patient groups to gather support and volunteered for clinical trials. (I live in the DC metro, not too far from NIH, so that may well have been an option.) And most importantly, as I see it, I wouldn’t have had to live with the vague but growing dread that something was Just Not Right for years.

Because I’m not a clinician, I’ll never know how likely it is that I could have been diagnosed earlier if all my caregivers had all of my health data.  But I’m confident that interoperability and the accumulation of population data will help with earlier diagnosis and treatment of many unpleasant, disabling or even fatal conditions.

So when you go about the business  of improving data analytics tools and interoperability, mining population health databases for trends and leveraging mHealth to improve chronic disease management, I invite you to think of me — not a tragic figure by any means, but someone who’s counting on you to keep connecting the dots.  Never doubt that the human value of what you do is extraordinary, but never forget that real people are waiting in the wings for you to supply insights that can give them their life back.

Teddy Roosevelt and Gerald Ford Quotes

Posted on February 16, 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 thought it would be fun to look at some quotes from Presidents on President’s day that might inspire you. I hope you enjoy the following quotes.
Teddy Roosevelt - EMR and EHR

Gerald Ford - EMR and EHR

2014 EMR and EHR Stats Report

Posted on January 20, 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’m a little late in posting the stats for this blog, but I thought I’d do it now for posterity’s sake. I previously posted a stats report on EMR and HIPAA and will be doing it on other Healthcare Scene blogs including this one. I think it will tell an interesting story about the progression of the Healthcare Scene blog network over time.

So, without further ado, here are some interesting stats I got from a report on EMR and EHR for 2014.

In 2014, we published 273 new posts on EMR and EHR, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,411 posts.

EMR and EHR was viewed about 720,000 times in 2014. The busiest day of the year was February 28th with 1,484 views.

I’m proud that all but one of the top posts are from 2014. I know Carl spent a lot of time creating #2, so I’m glad that it’s been seen by so many people.
1. 4 Things Your Patient Portal Should Include
2. EHR Product Market Shares Rankings: The Envelope Please!
3. Why ICD-10?
4. Rise of the Digital Patient Infographic
5. Improving the EHR Interface and Topol Saves Patient’s Life on Flight Home

The question that Kyle posed in #3 – Why ICD-10? – is a battle that’s still raging. We’ll see if ICD-10 goes forward and that question goes away or whether it’s delayed again and the battle will rage on. #4 and #5 show the power of a great infographic and Topol saving someone’s life.

EMR and EHR has had visitors from 168 countries in all, but the US is far and away the top readership. Thanks to the 785 views that came from Italy (sorry, I have an Italy bias addiction in case you didn’t know).

I hope you enjoyed the stats and thanks for reading! Here’s to a wonderful 2015!

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 25, 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 hope everyone’s enjoying their Christmas. Here’s a look into mine (with 2 of my beautiful children). Merry Christmas!

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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.