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2015 Healthcare IT Conference Planning

Posted on December 23, 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.

As the year comes to a close, I’m starting to think about my conference plans for 2015. I traveled quite a bit to some amazing conferences in 2014 and I’m sure I’ll be doing more of the same in 2015.

Ever since August 2014, I’ve been listing my Health IT and EHR conference plans on EMR and HIPAA for others to see. Hopefully it’s a great resource for those trying to navigate the Healthcare IT conferences.

I imagine I’ll probably do a similar schedule of events this year. So far I only have CES, HIMSS, and the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference on my spring conference calendar. Thankfully, the spring conference season is much calmer for me.

I’d love to see and hear what conferences are on your radar for 2015. Are there health IT conferences I should consider adding to my list? I always love to hear about new ones, so please share in the comments or on our contact us page. Along those same lines, let me know which are your must attend health IT conferences. Thanks in advance for sharing with myself and the broader EMR and EHR community.

Healthcare IT and EHR Conferences – Fall 2014

Posted on July 16, 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’m regularly asked which Health IT and EHR conferences I’ll be attending and also asked for suggestions on which conferences people should attend and sponsor. After thinking about the best way to let everyone know the answers to these questions, I decided to create a page of Health IT and EHR Conferences and events that I’ll update regularly.

As you’ll see, I’ve broken the page into three sections: conferences I’m attending, important annual conferences, and user conferences. This is not meant to be an all inclusive list. There are some other people who do that pretty well. Instead, I wanted to focus on those events that are annual events that I attend or would like to attend regularly (I’m trying to limit my travel, but that’s not working so well. Although, you’ll see the bias towards Vegas events since I live in Vegas.). Plus, we’ll include discount codes to the events when we can.

I’d love to hear if there are other events that you think we should add to the list. I especially would like to know about the various Health IT and EHR user conferences that are happening. I’ve really fallen in love with those events because you get so many of the in the trenches users at the events.

I love to connect with readers, so if you’re at one of these events let me know so we can meet and say hi. I’ll also likely be speaking at some of the events as well, but I’m finalizing the details of that now.

Hopefully you’ll find this list useful. Also, you’ll notice that Healthcare Scene readers can get a discount to the Digital Health Conference in New York City. Just use the discount code “HCS” when you register and you’ll get a 20% discount on your registration. It’s a great event and one I look forward to every year.

Looks like it’s going to be a fun fall full of too much travel, but worth it to meet with hundreds of amazing people. I hope to see you at one of the events. Let me know what events you have on your list for Fall 2014.

Depth in an EMR Conference

Posted on August 12, 2011 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 been having a good time today at the Health Tech Next Generation conference in San Francisco. They have some really interesting people from healthcare IT that are here. For me as an EMR and healthcare IT blogger, it’s a lot of fun to be able to “talk shop” with a bunch of HIT people. However, I can’t help but sit here wondering where the doctors are. Certainly there’s a place for an HIT industry insider conference, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen a true EMR conference focused on doctors, practice managers and actual users of the EMR. This wasn’t the intent of this conference, so it’s nothing against Health Tech Next Generation. I just think there’s an opportunity to create a conference focused on just EHR and provide unbiased information for doctors.

This really started hitting home for me when I was preparing to moderate a panel on EMR 101. The challenge was quite clear. I had an hour to try and cover EMR 101. Really? That’s bascially IMPOSSIBLE!

Here’s my broad list of what should be covered in an EMR 101:
To EMR or Not to EMR
EMR Selection
EMR Implementation
EHR Stimulus/Meaningful Use

I’m sure there are other areas that could be interesting. However, this would be a good start to get doctors ready to select and implement an EMR. Or at least make an educated decision to go with EMR or not.

The question is how do you get enough doctors together at an EMR conference. That part I haven’t figured out, but I’m interested in your ideas. I’d love to partner with a provider organization to create an event like this. I’m talking about an upfront unbiased approach to EHR. No kool-aid drinking talks allowed. Just a deep dive into the real details of selecting and implementing an EHR. I’m sure the EHR vendors would be happy to exhibit at the event.

What do you think? Would an EMR conference like this do well? I think it’s missing in the industry, but I’m not sure how you put it together properly.