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Accomplishing Great Things in Healthcare

Posted on November 6, 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’m just finishing off my busy healthcare IT conference season. It’s amazing how many healthcare IT conferences want to pack themselves into October and the start of November. My last one is this week and then it’s pretty slow until the new year. That makes me happy even though I love meeting so many people at conferences and hearing so many first hand perspectives.

However, with this scheduling in mind, I thought I’d keep this post short and sweet and share this really interesting quote from Anatole France that was shared by Shereese:

I was talking to a healthcare entrepreneur today and I said that running a business is hard. He said that if it was easy, everyone would do it. I guess that’s true. It takes a whole lot of work and effort to build a great business that can do amazing things. The same is true for anyone wanting to improve healthcare. it takes work, dreams, plans, and belief.

Usability, Interoperability are Political Questions: We Need an EHR Users Group

Posted on October 6, 2017 I Written By

When Carl Bergman isn’t rooting for the Washington Nationals or searching for a Steeler bar, he’s Managing Partner of EHRSelector.com, a free service for matching users and EHRs. For the last dozen years, he’s concentrated on EHR consulting and writing. He spent the 80s and 90s as an itinerant project manger doing his small part for the dot com bubble. Prior to that, Bergman served a ten year stretch in the District of Columbia government as a policy and fiscal analyst.

Over the years, writers on blogs such as this and EMRandHIPAA have vented their frustration with lousy EHR usability and interoperability problems. Usability has shown no real progress unless you count all the studies showing that its shortcomings cost both time and money, drives users nuts, and endangers patient lives.

The last administration’s usability approach confused motion with progress with a slew of roadmaps, meetings and committees. It’s policies kowtowed to vendors. The current regime has gone them one better with a sort of faith based approach. They believe they can improve usability as long it doesn’t involve screens or workflow. Interoperability has seen progress, mostly bottom up, but there is still no national solution. Patient matching requires equal parts data, technique and clairvoyance.

I think the solution to these chronic problems isn’t technical, but political. That is, vendors and ONC need to have their feet put to the fire. Otherwise, in another year or five or ten we’ll be going over the same ground again and again with the same results. That is, interop will move ever so slowly and usability will fade even more from sight – if that’s possible.

So, who could bring about this change? The one group that has no organized voice: users. Administrators, hospitals, practioners, nurses and vendors have their lobbyists and associations. Not to mention telemed, app and device makers. EHR users, however, cut across each of these groups without being particularly influential in any. Some groups raise these issues; however, it’s in their context, not for users in general. This means no one speaks for common, day in day out, EHR users. They’re never at the table. They have no voice. That’s not to say there aren’t any EHR user groups. There are scads, but vendors run almost all of them.

What’s needed is a national association that represents EHR users’ interests. Until they organize and earn a place along vendors, etc., these issues won’t move. Creating a group won’t be easy. Users are widely dispersed and play many different roles. Then there is money. Users can’t afford to pony up the way vendors can. An EHR user group or association could take many forms and I don’t pretend to know which will work best. All I can do is say this:

EHR Users Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose, But Your Frustrations!

Happy Fourth of July

Posted on July 4, 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 love the Fourth of July Holiday. We do a hike in the mountains to start the day and a big family party at night to end it. Should be a fun day. I hope everyone else enjoys the holiday as much as me. And to all those in healthcare that are still working on the holiday, we salute you!

I also love this picture to celebrate July 4th. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about finding joy in life and the pure joy of children. I’m not sure I have any great conclusions yet, but I definitely want to find more freedom to have joy in all parts of my life.

Memorial Day

Posted on May 29, 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’ve probably shared something like this before, but it’s good to always remember. I think the same sentiment is true for many fighting the good fight in healthcare.

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Posted on November 24, 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.

In the US, today is Thanksgiving and so I thought it would be fun to show a bit of gratitude to each of my children on each of my blogs. Feel free to skip this post if you’re looking for Healthcare IT content on Thanksgiving. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled content on Monday.

This probably says a lot about me, but I decided to put my oldest child on my oldest blog and so forth down the line based on age of the child and blog. With that alignment, EMRandEHR.com is host to my second child. Most of you don’t know, that my brother and I have casually been writing a daddy blog called Crash Dad where I refer to my kids as Crash Kids. So, on this blog I want to show some gratitude for Crash Kid #2.
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Crash Kid #2 is my favorite daughter in the whole world. There’s definitely some real truth in a dad and his daughter. I adore this little girl. She has an energy and a passion for life that’s infectious. She’s a joy to be around as long as you don’t mind keeping up. She literally has no fear and has taught me so much about living life to the fullest, taking risks and not taking life too seriously.

I adore my little princess and I’m so grateful for the joy she brings into my life each day.

Happy Thanksgiving! Who are you grateful for this day?

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted on July 4, 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.

EMR and EHR - 4th of July

I’m taking a break today and spending some time with family. I hope you’re doing the same. Despite the craziness that we see on the news every day, I still feel lucky to live in an extraordinary country. Having lived in a number of other countries, it gives me a great appreciation for the things we do have. It’s too bad the media seems to focus so much effort and energy on the things that divide us.

A big thank you to all those in the healthcare profession that are working on this day. I can only imagine the horrors that come from fireworks on this holiday. Thanks for taking care of us even on holidays.

EMR and EHR Update

Posted on June 30, 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.

The evolution of blogging has been interesting to me. I use to celebrate all sorts of milestones on my blogs. Now that we’re 10 years and over 10,000 blog posts into my healthcare IT blogging career, I sometimes take for granted what each blog accomplishes. I’ll try and fix that by covering a few of the latest stats for EMR and EHR:

  • 4.6 million pageviews
  • 1,789 blog posts
  • 3,887 comments
  • Average of 4.9 blog posts/week

Looks like my first post on EMR and EHR was way back on April 30, 2009. I’m pretty proud of what we’ve built at EMR and EHR over the past 7 years. Ironically, I actually started this blog for a guy named Jamie. I was busy blogging over on EMR and HIPAA. 5 blog posts in he got a new job which didn’t leave him the time to blog, so I took it over and have been blogging on it with a group of other amazing writers ever since.

A year or so after I started EMR and EHR, I almost sold the blog for $50k. Considering the revenue this blog has generated since then and what it’s worth, I’m glad I chose not to sell it at the time.

Speaking of which, I’ve been lucky to have hundreds of great healthcare IT and EHR companies support this blog over the years. We started off largely selling EHR display ads and they still do quite well for us since our readers are often looking for the right EHR and healthcare solutions. Since then we’ve really expanded our healthcare IT marketing options to things like email marketing and sponsored content.

Thanks to the hundreds of advertisers that have and continue to support the work we do covering the healthcare IT and EHR industry. Plus, I can’t express my gratitude enough for the millions of readers who have visited EMR and EHR. Especially the many people who have shared our content, corrected our mistakes, extended the conversation, shared us on social media, and helped us continue to be the go to place for what’s happening in healthcare IT.

Here’s looking forward to another 7 years of excitement. I can only imagine where EHR and health IT will be 7 years from now. That’s what makes this field so exciting.

Memorial Day

Posted on May 30, 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.

We have a lot to be thankful for this Memorial Day. We all make sacrifices, but some people made the ultimate sacrifice. Here are a few images which captured my feelings this Memorial Day. I hope as we each enjoy time with family and friends that we’ll remember the sacrifice of so many. Plus, thank you to all those in healthcare that are working today instead of being with family and friends.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day - Boot

Memorial Day - Graves

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