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Health IT Thought Leadership

Posted on October 3, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

One of the big trends I see happening in the Health IT world is that every company wants to be a thought leader in the industry. It’s a powerful thing to provide thought leadership to your potential customers. It can also be an extremely challenging thing for an organization to sell that type of investment to their executive leadership team.

With that in mind, we’ve been working on some really compelling thought leadership marketing packages for health IT companies. It’s literally a fully integrated marketing package which integrates with our existing readership, email marketing, social media mentions (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus, etc), and ongoing traffic from search engines and related posts. Plus, you can use that thought leadership content in your own marketing efforts.

You can see some of the companies who’ve been sponsoring content on our network of Healthcare IT blogs. Barry Haitoff from Medical Management Corporation of America has been doing a series of posts focused on ways ambulatory practices can improve revenue. The Breakaway Group has sponsored a series of posts called Breakaway Thinking which focuses on ways to really improve what we’re doing in healthcare and break away from the competition. Vishal Gandhi from ClinicSpectrum has done an amazing job with the Cost Effective Healthcare Workflow Series. I love the way Vishal merges both technology and people into the optimal workflow.

I love the win win that these sponsored series provide. They allow us to keep the lights on here at Healthcare Scene, while still meeting our primary goal of providing value to the readers. We’d love for you to Contact Us if you’re interested in sponsoring your own series of blog posts.

Along with the sponsored series, we’re also extremely grateful for the various advertisers that have supported the site as well. Here are a few of the advertisers that have renewed their ad recently. Take a look at them and see if one of them could help you in your job.

Ambir (Advertiser since 1/2010) – I appreciate Ambir since they’ve been a sponsor for so long. I have one of their scanners on my desk and it’s worked great for me. Plus, they’re working on some really interesting workflow iPad applications that are really exciting too. Check them out to see what they’re working on.

Digital Health Conference (Advertiser since 7/2011) – This is the 4th year the Digital Health Conference, organized by NYeC, has advertised with us to promote there event in November. I’ll be at the event (see my full Fall HIT Conference schedule), so let me know if you plan to attend. Plus, you can get 20% off your registration if you use the discount code: HCS. Hopefully I’ll get to see many of you readers at the event.

Cerner (Advertiser since 9/2011) – Another great long term supporter of the site. Cerner Ambulatory EHR really needs no introduction. If you’re looking for an EHR, check them out. Their iPad application still had the coolest EHR iPad application feature I’ve seen: one swipe prescription refill.

gMed (Advertiser since 8/2013) – I had a really great chance this summer to get to know gMed on a much deeper level when they invited me to give the Keynote on the future of EHR at their EHR user conference. They certainly do make a compelling case for their Gastro specific EHR software. There are things they do because they’re specialty specific that you’ll really never see from a general EHR vendor.

Modernizing Medicine (Advertiser since 1/2014) – This is another specialty specific EHR vendor that takes a really unique approach to how you document a visit. If they are in your specialty (Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Gastroenterology, Urology, Rheumatology, Cosmetics), be sure to get a demo and see what makes them unique. I’ve also been invited to speak at their EHR user conference in November.

Finally thanks to the 3.6 million times this website’s been loaded by a reader and the 2166 people who subscribed to EMR and EHR and read the almost daily emails. To those who haven’t yet subscribed, here’s a link to subscribe to all the Healthcare Scene blogs you find interesting. It’s really hard to believe that we’re well over 5 years and 1,344 blog posts into this journey and in some ways it feels like we’re just getting started.

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 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

The Changing EHR and Health IT Landscape

Posted on March 25, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 entering a really interesting period for healthcare IT. I’d say this is the start of a really big transition period for the EHR market. The government induced demand for EHR will end soon and we’ll see very different dynamics going forward. With that said, I think we’re about to enter one of the most exciting periods of healthcare IT ever. The wheat is going to be sifted from the chaff and the cream will rise to the top. We’re about to enter a phase where people are more worried about how to get the most out of their EHR versus getting an EHR.

This is what makes us most excited at EMR and EHR. We’re entering a really exciting time where I believe we’re going to see some amazing new EHR uses. We’ll do our best to continue keeping you up to date on the latest happenings in the EMR, EHR, and health IT worlds.

I’m excited to say that we just passed our 1200th blog post on EMRandEHR.com. What an amazing body of work that we’ve created on this site. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our readers and advertisers. I deeply appreciate both groups more than I can express in a blog post.

As we usually do every 6 months, I want to highlight the new and renewing advertisers. If you appreciate the content we create on EMRandEHR.com, then I hope you’ll take a second to browse through these companies which support the work we do.

New EMR and EHR Advertisers
VM Racks – If you’re looking for HIPAA compliant web hosting, you should check out VM Racks to see what they have to offer. They provide a managed services environment that many health IT companies will find interesting. The great part is that right now they’re offering a free 30 day trial of their HIPAA compliant web hosting. I can see a lot of health IT startup companies that could benefit from the 30 day free trial, but a 30 day free trial is great for anyone who wants to get a feel for how well their hosting works.

HealthFusion – If you’re looking for a 2014 Edition certified EHR, then take a look at HealthFusion’s MediTouch EHR. In fact, they were one of the first to be 2014 Edition certified since they completed it on June 13th, 2013. They offer a number of interesting whitepapers like this one on “12 questions to ask before buying EHR software.”

Colocation America – I’ve written many times about the shift away from built in data centers or server rooms to outside data centers. Colocation America offers a variety of data center hosting options across the country and a number of HIPAA compliant hosting options.

Modernizing Medicine – I’ve written previously about the Modernizing Medicine approach to ICD-10 and their unique EHR interface. If you are looking for an EMR for dermatology, opthamology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, orthopedics, or cosmetic surgery, then take a look at what Modernizing Medicine has created.

Renewing EMR and EHR Advertisers
I can’t thank the following advertisers enough for their support. As you can see, many of them have been supporting EMR and EHR for 2 or 3 years. I’m glad they still see value in supporting the work we do.
Ambir – Advertiser since 1/2010
Cerner – Advertiser since 9/2011
Canon – Advertiser since 10/2012
gMed – Advertiser since 8/2013

Check out our healthcare IT advertising page for more information on supporting EMRandEHR.com. Plus, this is the final week to register for the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference. If you’re on the fence about attending the conference, go and register now and you won’t be disappointed. We have two days with amazing content and great networking with attendees.

Almost 3 Million EMR and EHR Pageviews

Posted on September 25, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 just checked the stats for EMR and EHR and realized that we’re about to top 3 million pageviews since we first started the blog back in April 2009. That’s pretty exciting since the first year of the blog I really didn’t do much with it. Over the life of EMR and EHR we’ve posted 1057 posts and had 2927 comments (not counting the 95,665 spam comments we’ve filtered).

A big thanks to Anne Zieger (244 posts) and Jennifer Dennard (114 posts) for all their contributions over the years as well. They’ve both made amazing contributions to the site and likely don’t get the credit they deserve. I’m lucky because not only are they great writers who know the industry well, but they’re wonderful people. I’m proud to associate with them.

If you’ve made it this far through the blog post, then hopefully you’ll take a few minutes to take a look at the new and renewing EMR and EHR advertisers below. Without them, none of this would be possible. I’m really blessed to have their support.

New EMR and EHR Advertisers
Clinithink – I’ve often heard doctors proclaim NLP as the perfect balance between clinical narrative and structured data. Clinithink is focused squarely on this challenge. How do you take your healthcare data and extract the value out of it? Clinithink’s answer is preserving the context and meaning intended by the narrative while structuring and encoding it with rich, granular data.

DrChrono – An EHR created with the iPad tablet interface in mind. You can see the difference between a native iPad EHR application and some sort of remote desktop EHR application on the iPad. DrChrono offers a free basic version so you can try it out before you buy.

gMed – A specialty specific EHR focused on Gastroenterologists. I was excited to work with gMed on a mix of advertising across the Healthcare Scene blog network together with some whitepaper distribution that should work well for their specialty specific EHR. Any gastro doctor should consider gMed and compare it with the non-specialty specific EHR out there. There’s usually a vast difference in focus.

The Breakaway Group – A Xerox company, The Breakaway Group is doing some really interesting things in the area of EHR training. I worked together with them to provide some coverage of their Healthcare Forum event. Plus, I’m excited that we just closed a deal for them to create a series of blog posts on the Healthcare Scene network.

Renewing EMR and EHR Advertisers
I can’t thank the following advertisers enough for their support. As you can see, many of them have been supporting EMR and EHR for 2 or 3 years. I’m glad they still see value in supporting the work we do.
Ambir – Advertiser since 1/2010
Amazing Charts – Advertiser since 5/2011
Cerner – Advertiser since 9/2011
Quest Quality Solutions – Advertiser since 9/2011
SimplifyMD – Advertiser since 9/2012
Canon – Advertiser since 10/2012

Check out our EMR and EHR advertising page for more information on supporting EMR and EHR.

Supporting EMR and EHR

Posted on May 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 to recognize all the great companies that have been supporting the work we do here at EMR and EHR. We have a really amazing list of advertisers that support the writing we do here on EMR and EHR. As you’ll see from the list below, many of them have been advertising with us for many years. Their continued support is much appreciated.

New EMR and EHR Advertisers
Xerox Healthcare – Over the past month I’ve started to work with Xerox on a number of fronts. Many of you will likely remember my blog post about TEDMED. My trip to TEDMED was made possible thanks to Xerox. Plus, Xerox has been advertising on my site as well. It’s impressive how Xerox has shifted from being a copier company to a major player in healthcare. I should also mention, I’m doing a Google Plus Hangout with Xerox to wrap up the TEDMED experience. Come join in live.

simplifyMD – Besides doing some cool EHR cartoons, they also offer a different approach to EHR than many EHR vendors out there. They have a clear focus on the productivity of the physician. They have a solid team behind the product and we’re glad to have their support.

Canon – I imagine many people’s first thought with Canon is their excellent line of cameras. However, Canon also has an excellent line of scanners as well. For example, I previously reviewed the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125. It’s an excellent scanner that can handle the heavy scanning workload of healthcare.

Forerunsystems – One of the specialty specific areas of EHR has always been the ED. Forerun’s FlexChart specializes in clinical documentation solutions for the ED. FlexChart provides quality care enhancements that are usable, flexible, and work with any style of documentation and workflow, as well as supporting safe hand-offs with enhanced provider communication. FlexChart is designed to work with and enhance any existing hospital-wide system, while enabling ED physicians with the tools they need that are unique to emergency medicine.

Chetu – The best introduction I can make to Chetu is this interview with Craig Schmidt, Director of Global Sales for Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals at Chetu. As that interview illustrates, Chetu has developing software for the healthcare industry for a very long time. It’s really amazing to see the depth of healthcare expertise combined with broad tech knowledge.

ZH Healthcare – For those who wonder how mature open source is in the EMR world, all you have to do is take a look at ZH Healthcare. They offer an EHR product based on the community version of OpenEMR along with ZH Healthcare’s proprietary enhancements and support services. I’m a huge proponent of open source software in general and so I’m really happy that a company built on the back of OpenEMR’s open source software is supporting us. If you like open source, then take a look and see what ZH Healthcare is doing with OpenEMR.

Renewing EMR and EHR Advertisers
Ambir – Advertiser since 1/2010
Amazing Charts – Advertiser since 5/2011
Cerner – Advertiser since 9/2011
Quest Quality Solutions – Advertiser since 9/2011

Check out our EMR and EHR advertising page for more information on supporting EMR and EHR. I’m also almost ready to announce a few new advertising options beyond just traditional banner advertising.  Send me a message on our contact us page if you’re interested in learning more.

The Patient Medical Record, Usable Health IT, and Return of Blackberry — Around Healthcare Scene

Posted on February 3, 2013 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

EMR, EHR, and HIPAA

EHR Benefit — Space Savings

This is the next installment of EHR Benefits. Some clinics claim that the space saving that comes with having an EHR is definitely a benefit. It’s usually more of a benefit for smaller practices, but can also benefit larger ones. One way is that the elimination of a document room could make room for another office.

Redesigning The Patient Medical Record, the Healthcare Challenge’s Results

This is a guest post by Carl Bergman from EHR Selector. The post dicusses the results of the Healthcare Design Challenge put on by by the VA and the ONC. First place went to Nightingale and second place StudioTACK. There were also a few other rewards given out. Bergman also talks about several problems with this challenge.

Hospital EMR and EHR

Patients Question Clinical Decision Support Use

A new study published in Medical Decision Making found that patients aren’t as thrilled about computer-assisted decision making. The study revealed some interesting findings, like patients don’t trust physicians who use CDS. For those that use this, the study may be a bit unnerving, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

One Vendor’s Take On Building Usable Health IT

This post contains the views of Joe Condurso, president of CEO of health IT vendor PatientSafe, on building usable health IT. He offers several recommendations. They include responding to context, being mobile, and starting from a mobile design.

Smart Phone Healthcare

BlackBerry’s “Hail Mary” Pass for mHealth

Although BlackBerry used to be the device of choice among physicians, it has been crowded out with the introduction of newer devices. However, BlackBerry is trying to get back in the game with the release of some new devices which they believe offer something unique. Will doctors switch back, or is BlackBerry grasping at straws?

Track Infants Growth With BeCuddle iPhone App

A new iPhone app has been released to help parents keep track of their infants growth. BeCuddle has a variety of features, including the ability to track medication, record milestones, and just help a parent make sure their child’s health is right on track.

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 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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!

EMR and EHR Advertising

Posted on September 28, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 that time of the year when we recognize all the great companies that have been supporting the work we do here at EMR and EHR. We have a really amazing list of advertisers that make the writing we do here on EMR and EHR possible. As you’ll see from the list below, many of them have been advertising with us for many years. They’re support is greatly appreciated since its what makes it possible for us to provide pure unadulterated EMR and EHR content.

New EMR and EHR Advertisers
ABBY USA – ABBY is a fascinating company that provides some really interesting business process and data capture solutions. I first came across ABBY when I was in college working at a document management company, so they’ve been doing this stuff for a long time. While most of us would love to think that in the EHR world we would be able to get rid of paper, that’s just not the reality of EHR. If you want to be a truly paperless office, then you need to get a great document data capture process in place. If you have this problem, check out what ABBY FlexiCapture has to offer.

Quest Quality Solutions – I was first introduced to Quest’s Health IT Quality Solutions program at HIMSS this year. While most of you know, that I’m generally anti-certifications, I’m not against highly focused certifications like this one that have very specific goals and benefits. The idea that Quest would work with EHR vendors to ensure the quality of the lab data they receive and send is a good thing. As we’ve seen, not all EHR software are equal, but if they’re getting their lab data processed incorrectly that’s a big problem. If we don’t solve the health data quality issues now, then EHR will continue to perpetuate the bad data through the system. So, I hope that Quest Quality Solutions will help to improve the quality o the EHR lab data.

Renewing EMR and EHR Advertisers
Practice Fusion – Advertiser since 4/2010
Ambir – Advertiser since 1/2010
SOAPware – Advertiser since 7/2010
Amazing Charts – Advertiser since 5/2011
DrFirst – Advertiser since 1/2012
Cerner – Advertiser since 9/2011

Check out our EMR and EHR advertising page for more information on supporting EMR and EHR. I actually have a special two website ad package I’m doing through the end of the month. For more details, drop me a note on our contact us page.

EMR and EHR Passes 2 Million Pageviews

Posted on July 19, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

When I first started blogging about EMR, I use to mark every traffic milestone with a blog post. In many ways I miss those early days where it was exciting to think that anyone read my blog. It was amazing to think that my blog ticked over into digits when I hit 10,000 pageviews. Now we do close to 10,000 pageviews a day across Healthcare Scene.

One thing that hasn’t changed is that I’m still a stats addict. Although, I’m more refined on which stats I look at now. I’m more interested in trends and opportunities than I am in overall numbers. With that said, when I checked my stats for EMRandEHR.com today I paused for a moment when I saw that my stats program was reporting 2,002,454 views all-time.

What many don’t realize is that I only started this other blog because a Dr. Jeff asked me if I would create one. 21 posts into it Dr. Jeff got a job (at an insurance company I believe) and so he didn’t have time to blog any more. I hated the idea of the blog going to waste, so I would post to it occasionally. I also almost sold it about three years ago. Boy am I glad I didn’t. Little by little it continued to grow into a wonderful destination that I’m very proud of today.

One of the things I’m most proud of on EMR and EHR is all the great writers that participate on it. Over the years we’ve had Anne Zieger, Jennifer Dennard, Priya Ramachandran, Katie Clark, Katherine Rourke, David Lynn, Dr. West, and Dr. Jeff. Not to mention a whole series of guest posters. I’m lucky to associate with these great people. They’ve certainly become the voice of EMR and EHR in many ways. I just am along for the ride.

Here are a few other numbers that you might find interesting:
688 Posts
2,215 Comments
2,288 Tags (that’s how we categorize each post)
48,554 Spam Comments Blocked
1,734 email subscribers

Thanks everyone for reading EMR and EHR!

EMR & EHR Advertising

Posted on March 22, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 getting close to a year since I last wrote a post about the companies who support the work we do here at EMR and EHR. Since it has been so long, I thought I’d just list all of the companies that have ads on EMR and EHR and say a few thoughts about each company. I also dug back into my archives and figured out how long they’ve been advertising with me. It’s amazing to see some advertisers going all the way back to 2009.

Practice Fusion – Advertiser since 4/2010 – I had to really dig into my email to see when Practice Fusion first started advertising on EMR and EHR. A name change made it even harder, but I found the original email when Kellie first emailed about Practice Fusion advertising. I imagine most people know about Practice Fusion’s Free EHR. I should ask them how many people have signed up for their EHR from ads on my sites. Considering it’s free, I bet it’s a large number of sign ups. It’s really quite amazing how far Practice Fusion has come in the past few years and I think they’re really just getting started. I love having front row seats to the Free EHR model at work.

Ambir – Advertiser since 1/2010 – I’ve been a fan of Ambir ever since I my clinic had to drop a few thousand dollars on non-Ambir scanners for their office. Sure, for a few thousand dollars the clinic got some great scanners that worked well, but if I’d known about Ambir at the time we could have saved a lot of money. I’m planning to do a full write up of their Ambir ADF scanner. It’s a really sweet product at a much better price point than the other industrial strength scanners out there.

SOAPWare – Advertiser since 7/2010 – Not only has SOAPWare been a long time supporter of EMR and EHR, but they’re also regular readers of my sites and some of the nicest people you’ll meet in this world. I think it’s the southern roots of the company along with their founder, Randall Oates, MD, that guides who they are as a company. If you ever get the chance to sit down and talk with Randall Oates, I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed. He’s been doing EHR software since before it was called EHR software. I think that’s reflected in SOAPWare’s approach to EHR development.

Mitochon – Advertiser since 12/2010 – Founded by Dr. Andre Vovan, Mitochon has a vision around connecting doctors through a Free EHR, Free PM, and Free HIE. In many ways, when I first met Andre Vovan and Mitochon back in 2010 he was already talking about what we now call ACOs. Offering the whole suite of health IT services (EHR, PM, and HIE) for Free is a really interesting way to be able to achieve an ACO and for that matter connected healthcare.

Amazing Charts – Advertiser since 5/2011 – One thing that sets Amazing Charts apart from other EHR software is that it was founded and first created by a physician, Dr. Jonathan Bertman. At HIMSS I had a meeting with Dr. Bertman and at one point he described how Amazing Charts didn’t mind leaving money on the table. I found it a really interesting way to describe their corporate approach to not try and nickel and dime the doctor at every corner. I think this approach is something that doctors really appreciate when their selecting and purchasing an EHR.

Elsevier – Advertiser since 9/2011 – I’m sure many of you have seen the name Elsevier all over healthcare. They are a company with a large footprint in healthcare across a variety of parts. In the case of EMR and EHR, Elsevier is advertising their Gold Standard Drug Database. For those who don’t realize it, EHR vendors don’t create their own drug database (with very few exceptions). Instead, EHR vendors rely on databases like Elsevier’s Gold Standard Drug Database. Turns out this is a much better model. Most EHR vendors would do a terrible job trying to create a drug database themselves.

Medical Mastermind – Advertiser since 1/2012 – Originally started as a practice management system, Medical Mastermind has been working in healthcare since 1984. They take a very hands on approach to supporting their customers and while they’re known for their practice management software, they’ve also added EMR and ePrescribing as well.

Cerner – Advertiser since 9/2011 – Do I really need to go into who Cerner is? Their one of the industry heavy weights in the EHR world. One thing I’ve personally found interesting in my interactions with Cerner was the type of forward looking features they’re discussing. They seem to have taken a really broad look at what EHR will be like 20 or 30 years from now. They’re asking questions like, How are we going to deal with a 50 year patient record? This is probably deserving of its own post, but I was intrigued by their look at EHR software and being able to do things now that will make life better for doctors in the future.

HITR – Advertiser since 1/2012 – HITR is an interesting Healthcare IT community built around research. Brought to us by Porter Research and Billian’s HealthDATA, it’s a really smart idea to bring together those that can provide and want the research data into one place. Those that participate can get financial and quality performance comparison data on peer facilities and a benchmarking tool that can help providers. They can also rank vendor products and see how other providers have ranked those products.

Greenway – Advertiser since 3/2012 – Coming off their successful public offering, Greenway (GWAY) is well positioned to be a big player in the EHR market. Doesn’t hurt that thehave 40,000 healthcare providers in 30 specialties using their products and services. I’m also intrigued by Greenway’s new Marketplace. We’ll see how many leverage Greenway’s API technology on top of PrimeSuite.

Online Tech – Advertiser since 3/2012 – As I recently posted on EMR and HIPAA, Online Tech is a hosting company that takes security and privacy seriously. If you’re looking for a host that can meet the HIPAA guidelines you should take a look at Online Tech. Talk to them and then to other hosting companies and I bet you’ll see a big difference in how they approach the HIPAA requirements.

SequelMed – Advertiser since 11/2009 – I think the Sequelmed home page describes them well: trusted by over 15,000 physicians and over 1,000 practices. I think Sequelmed is one of the many EHR companies out there that’s generally gone along quietly about their business. They aren’t big and flashy, but they keep adding more and more doctors and servicing those doctors they already have on board.

NoMoreClipboard – Advertiser since 2/2012 – I recently called the NoMoreClipboard and iMPak product offering the “most creative technology” I found at HIMSS 2012. I plan to do a full post on the technology at some point as well. Although, I love the approach that NoMoreClipboard and iMPak have taken to be able to get the data to improve healthcare while realizing that many don’t want to have to deal with all the tech details. This is a hard concept for many of us that live and breathe tech to understand and appreciate, but many people want tech solutions that more easily fit into their life flow.

There you have it. I really appreciate each of these companies support. I hope to continue working with these companies many years into the future as we continue covering the crazy world of EHR and healthcare IT.