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EMR and EHR Goes Mobile

Posted on June 26, 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 know. I’m a little late to the party. Ironically I created the first mobile version of EMR and EHR about 3+ years ago, but the options that were available weren’t very good and so I abandoned it and went back to the general theme. Plus, phone sizes got so big that I’ve always felt like most websites could be viewed on a modern smartphone without issue.

The people at Google (who are much smarter than me) have chosen otherwise and have started penalizing websites (in their search ranking) that aren’t mobile optimized. I still don’t think it’s a huge deal for my readers since only 10-15% of them read it on mobile devices and a big portion of that is on an iPad or tablet which is large enough to enjoy the normal website. Plus, an even larger portion of the EMR and EHR readership reads it in their email and that’s optimized for mobile already.

Of course, now that you’ve heard my excuses for why it took so long to create a beautiful mobile version of EMR and EHR, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally bit the bullet and rolled out a nice mobile theme for EMR and EHR. In fact, if you’re reading this post on your mobile device, then you’re experiencing the mobile optimized goodness already.

I’m still working on a few more changes to the mobile version of EMR and EHR, but I think you’ll enjoy reading our great content on your mobile device much better now. Let us know what you think in the comments. We’re happy to hear any problems, suggestions, and any praise (who doesn’t like a little ego stroke?) you have about the new mobile version of the site.

Above all else, thanks so much for reading and all your support!

Healthcare Scene 2014 Annual Survey

Posted on February 5, 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.

Note: If you already saw this on another Healthcare Scene website and filled out the survey. Thank you and don’t worry about this post.

At Healthcare Scene we’re always trying to do what we do better. As part of this effort, we love to get feedback from our users in this annual survey. This helps us know who is reading the HealthcareScene blogs so we can provide the best content possible. Plus, your candid feedback really helps us understand our readers and inspires us to do great work.

If you can take a few minutes and answer these 13 questions, it will be much appreciated. Most of these questions are easy, so it shouldn’t take you more than a minute or two.

Healthcare Regulations, EMR Overbilling, and Bandu: Around Healthcare Scene

Posted on November 11, 2012 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.

This weeks roundup is actually a compilation of posts from the past two weeks, because I wasn’t able to get last weeks done. Enjoy!

EMR and HIPAA

Dating EHR vs Marriage

It may seem like an interesting analogy, but what is the difference between “dating” and EHR, and settling down a “marrying” one. This post has some interesting thoughts on the matter, including the idea, “You may treat me great when we’re “EHR Dating”, but how are you going to treat me once we’re married?”

Keeping Up with Healthcare Regulations

Many physicians have the same complaint — it’s hard to keep up with healthcare regulations. A new program called HCPro Comply, has basically answers and suggestions to every question, all bundled into one place. It also has an “Ask an Expert” section, for those who may need a little more help or clarification.

 Hospital EMR and EHR

Gap Between Small/Rural and Large/Urban Hospitals Closing

Most of the time, it is said that small and rural hospitals are lagging behind in the adoption of EMR. However, Modern Healthcare suggests otherwise. CPSI, a vendor that typically is for smaller hospitals, is shown to be the vendor for 19 percent of the hospitals that have totally integrated EMRs, which is much larger than some of the larger EMR companies. While there is still a long road ahead for smaller hospitals and EMRs, it’s encouraging to see numbers like this.

EMR Overbilling Investigations Sling Mud At Meaningful Use Program 

There recently were allegations in the New York Times, accusing overbilling and upcoding of increasing since the rise of EMR. Whether these allegations were warranted or not, the ONC has taken action, and a study is being conducted to see if providers use EMRs to upcode billing. This is just another issue for providers to worry about as they implement EMRs.

Smart Phone Healthcare

Five Medical Apps Every Parent Should Have

For the first time parent, or the seasoned one, there’s several apps that have been created to help manage a child’s health. These apps range from sleep trackers, to symptom checkers, to an electronic medical ID card. While not every parent will find each one helpful, there’s sure to be at least one for everyone.

Bandu: Can Monitoring Your Stress Levels Help Lower Them? 

In a world where it seems everyone is constantly on the go, stress levels are likely to be higher than ever. However, a company is working toward helping people control their stress. Neumitra created a wearable device that monitors stress levels and identifies locations or situations where stress may be a little to high. It helps people recognize when they need to try and de-stress a little, and have a healthier, happier life.

Meaningful Health IT News

My First Portal Experience

Although he has been writing about Health IT for years, Neil Versel has never actually used one for his own personal benefit. However, he recently had the opportunity to when he received an email about some changes that were made. In this post, he talks about what it was like, what was available, and his feelings about it.

Happy EMR Doctor

EMRs’ Slippery Slope of Cloning Notes

A problem with EMRs is the temptation to clone notes from one record to another. While not all doctor’s take advantage of the “cut-and-paste” function, some do and rob the system in the process. There are some solutions and they must be considered in order to cut down on those who are taking advantage of it.

Wireless Health, HIPAA, and Patient Engagement – Around Healthcare Scene

Posted on September 30, 2012 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 and HIPAA

Wireless Health Data Collection Innovations Getting Hot

Some of the newest health data innovations are wireless. From a chip that can test blood sugar levels to an ECG that connects to a cell phone through blue tooth. The possibilities are endless when it comes to wireless devices.

HIPAA Infographic

HIPAA violations happen frequently. Some are criminal, others civil. This infographic explains some of the most common reason for HIPAA violations, and the penalties associated with them. Last year, over 12,000 companies have either been investigated or had issues resolved concerning HIPAA violations. Definitely an interesting infographic to look over.

Hospital EMR and EHR

FCC Says Wireless Health Should Be “Routine” Within Five Years

An announcement from the FCC pushes for mHealth to be a standard practice in the medical world by 2017. Some doctors are hesitant to implement mobile devices, so this may be difficult for some to grasp. The FCC is working to make this easier, by doing things like working with the FDA to help with creating and introducing devices into the market.

Happy EMR Doctor

Patient Engagement: Who are the Real Targets?

While creators of health technology claim they are trying to reach patients most, what does that mean? Many people who would benefit from these types of technology are lower class, however, upper class people are probably more likely to embrace it. Should companies invest more time in discovering who target markets are?

Smart Phone Health Care

Traqs: One Tool to Rule Them All

Having trouble keeping track of all the health apps and devices that are being created? Traqs, a new device, does it for you. This innovation can track multiple devices and create graphs about activity on them. It makes it much easier to take control of your health and exercise devices.

HIPAA Laws, Success of Healtchare IT, the Gap Between Large and Small Hospitals, and More — This Week in HealthCare Scene

Posted on May 20, 2012 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.

Here is the weekly roundup of hot stories around the Healthcare Scene Blog Network:
EMR and HIPAA
HIPAA Applies To Those Who Don’t Know About It
Anyone who knows the rules of HIPAA should be held accountable for breaking them, right? According to a new appellate decision in California, even those who don’t know the rules could be punished. A recent ruling on a case did just that. Read about United States v Zhou and find out if you might be doing something illegal and not realizing it.

Meaningful Health IT News
Mark Versel, 19244-2012
With the recent death of his father, Meaningful Health IT News writer, Neil Versel, has dedicated himself to educating people about patient safety and multiple system atrophy (MSA), which ultimately claimed his father’s life. MSA is similar to Parkinson’s Disease, only more aggressive and fast-acting. During the last weeks of his life, Versel’s father, Mark, was treated at a local community hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. The differences in care between the two are startling, and the lack of appropriate care the community hospital hurt his father in his frail state. Read more about why Versel wants to educate the world about MSA and patient safety to make sure others don’t receive similar care to what his father did.

Smart Phone Health Care
Losing Weight on the Go: Keep Food Diary Easier than Ever
Recording meals and exercise have shown to increase weight loss. However, who wants to carry around a pen and paper everywhere? Luckily, there has been many apps created recently to make tracking food easier than ever. Check out the benefits of doing so and which apps top the chart.

EHR and EMR Videos
PrimeSUITE by Greenway Medical: Usability through Innovation
“When we consider usability we really take it down to a very simple philosophy, and that is, having the information always available to the users at their fingertips. . . The fewest number of clicks to get to information.” PrimeSUITE takes pride in the usability of their systems and discuss how innovation leads to more usability.

Hospital EMR and EHR
EMR Gap Grows Between Large, Small Hospitals
While Meaningful Use incentives have boosted the adoption of EMR, the gap between large and small hospitals continues to grow. Smaller hospitals may get further behind in the Meaningful Use stages because of the lack of resources for a high-volume of patient information. Discover the reasons behind the gap, and the suggestions being made to help smaller hospitals reach the requirements of Meaningful Use.

Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 23, 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 was preparing to write another post on EMR and EHR before running out to finish some last minute shopping. I think I’m going to splurge and buy my wife an iPad. Shh…don’t tell her. Good thing she’s long since stopped reading my blogs (I have far too many). Anyway, I was getting ready to write a post and realized this is the Friday before the Christmas weekend.

So…
Merry Christmas for those who celebrate it like I do. Happy Holidays for those who don’t celebrate it.

If you still want something more as you try to make the time pass quicker, go and read this post I did on EMR and HIPAA about all the Healthcare Scene writers.

Otherwise, enjoy your weekend and we’ll catch you on the other side. Also, let’s not forget the true meaning of the season and life: taking care of others. I think that’s something we can all embrace.

EMR and Healthcare IT Article Run Down

Posted on May 19, 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 imagine most of my readers know that I’ve launched the Healthcare Scene blog network. EMR and EHR is one member of the blog network along with 7 other blogs that have been announced with 6 more blogs that will be announced shortly (Have you found them already?). We’re growing rapidly and expanding the number of people that are sharing great content with the world of healthcare IT and in particular EMR and EHR. The goal of providing a platform for the independent Healthcare IT voice is becoming a reality.

It’s a really exciting thing to be a part of. The most exciting part of it all is the amazing people that I get to work with and the content they create. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of their content with my thoughts on their posts.

EMR and HIPAA
Neil Versel recently started posting a regular weekly column on EMR and HIPAA. Check out his latest post on clinical decision support and an update on Dr. Larry Weed. Reading articles like that from Neil help me to appreciate more fully the history of healthcare IT. I’ve admittedly showed up late to the party, but Neil provides some interesting perspectives based on his knowledge and experience in healthcare IT. Here’s my favorite quote from his article:

“Patients may surmise that a physician who uses a [decision support system] is not as capable as a physician who makes the diagnosis with no assistance from a DSS.” I then noted that Weed has been saying for more than 50 years that physicians shouldn’t have to rely on their memory to make clinical decisions when computers can help them process an increasingly voluminous knowledge base.

Meaningful HIT News
Neil’s blog Meaningful Healthcare IT News is also a member of the Healthcare Scene blog network. How can you not enjoy a post entitled Skype for “Redneck Telehealth”? Sometimes, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

Happy EMR Doctor
What doctor isn’t interested in reading another doctor’s perspective on “Getting a Life with Electronic Medical Records,” “Gag Orders and Bad EMR Systems,” and a Doctor’s issues with PQRI Incentive Money? Those are the latest topics from Dr. West over on Happy EMR Doctor. Of course, now that Dr. West has gotten the blogging bug, his EMR gave him a life and his new blog has taken it back. I always appreciate a practicing doctor’s perspective.

Smart Phone Health Care
I’d been covering a number of mobile health care and mHealth related topics on this and my EMR and HIPAA blog, but the topic has become so popular that I knew it was time to start a mobile health care related site of its very own. I’m now doing it in partnership with David. He’s been churning out some interesting posts about Cell Phones Saving Lives in Africa and a Mobile App that Could Detect an Acute Stroke. I’ve always seen one of the major developments of mobile health happening in the developing world where the IT networks aren’t yet in place. Mobile phones can have such a tremendous impact for good. It’s beautiful to learn about. Although, mobile health is still in its infancy in the developed world as well. Personally, I’ve been trying to kick around some mobile gaming app that would encourage activity (ie. movement). Far too many of us sit in front of our computers all day. Healthcare would be so much better if more people just moved (written as I sit in front of my computer).

EMR, EHR and Healthcare IT News
This site is still very young, but just hit it’s 100,000 pageview mark. That’s a result that I would have never been able to predict. Although, news like the one posted today about the First Medicare EHR Stimulus Checks is something that many find interesting. If you know of other news we should be posting, let us know.

EMR and EHR Screenshots
The most recently announced member of the Healthcare Scene blog network is a website called EMR and EHR Screenshots. There’s still a lot I want to do to improve the interface for viewing the various EMR and EHR screenshots, but I think the concept is really interesting. My goal is to aggregate as many of the EMR and EHR screenshots as I can get. Hopefully that will mean even screenshots from the same EMR and EHR software as it releases new versions of the software. I’d love to have screenshots of CPOE, ePrescribing, scheduling, charting, diagnosing, etc. Basically if you’re interested in knowing what an EMR looks like or what it looked like previously, we’re hoping to provide you that view into an EMR’s development. A lofty vision. We’ll see how many EMR and EHR vendors, doctors, and other users will support it.

See what I mean when I talk about the amazing content that’s being generated. This doesn’t even include the great posts that Katherine Rourke is doing on this blog and my own posts (which could be classified as good or bad).

As I mentioned, I have 6 more blogs to be announced shortly. So, keep an eye on Healthcare Scene to see what will be announced next.