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VitalHealth iPad Like EHR Interface

Posted on April 14, 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.


During my time at HIMSS, one EHR vendor, VitalHealth EHR, made the pitch to me that they’ve really created an EHR from the ground up that was more innovative and usable than all the other EHR software out there. They described the doctors that stopped by their booth and saw a demo loved their interface and wondered why all the EHR software companies hadn’t done something similar. While an interesting pitch, I asked them whether such a pitch would be able to be heard above all the EMR noise.

After such a pitch I was certainly interested to see the product demo myself. I should say that going into the demo they’d told me that it was still in beta (maybe even alpha). Their website says it will become generally available in Q3 of 2011.

They did a demo of their product on a touch screen computer (I think they should have done it on the iPad. Especially with all the iPad Mania in Healthcare). However, the thing that struck me most was that even on this touch screen computer it looked and felt like an iPad. I’m not sure if they got their inspiration from the iPad and iPhone or if the iPad and iPhone stole it from them (I think I know which), but I was pretty amazed at how similar the interface and navigation felt to that of the iPad.

Unfortunately, outside of the interface, the feature set of the product was pretty disappointing. I asked them to do what I thought would be some pretty simple things (I think it was something with diagnosing) and that feature wasn’t quite built. Not all that surprising since they’re still in beta. Plus, I imagine they were trying to get something together before HIMSS. What will be more interesting is to see them after a year of development under their belt. Will they be able to get the required feature set for it to be a viable alternative? I’ll be certainly keeping an eye on it.

A post like this wouldn’t be worth anything without some screenshots of this “iPad” like interface. I’m not sure these screenshots quite do it justice since the navigation matters too, but you’ll notice some specific design things they’ve done to enable the touch screen capabilities of an iPad and similar devices. Either way, I love seeing EHR screenshots, so here’s a bunch of the VitalHealth EHR screenshots (click on them once to see a bigger shot. Click a second time to see it full size):

Heard in the HIMSS Hallway – Accessing Epic Data

Posted on February 20, 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.

In case you’re not following my HIMSS coverage, go over to EMR and HIPAA and check out my HIMSS day 1 coverage.

Although, I heard an amazing thing in the proverbial “hallyway” of HIMSS. As most people know, one of the biggest arguments against Epic was/is that it’s a pain to get the data out of it. I remember hearing someone say (maybe Glen Tullman from Allscripts) that the only EMR vendor not participating in EMR interoperability was Epic.

Yet, I heard someone say today at HIMSS that Epic has 750 people working on interoperability now. My mouth dropped at that number. They hadn’t heard it from Epic, so maybe it’s not the right number. However, the idea that Epic’s putting significant resources into freeing the data in their systems is a great thing. I hope it turns out to be true.

iPad Mania in Healthcare

Posted on February 15, 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.

The iPad has been a regular topic on EMR and EHR since last year when we first wrote about the Apple iPad EMR. While it’s normal for there to be a lot of hype around the announcement of a device like an iPad, I must admit that the hype around the device hasn’t really slowed down any.

If you’re a blogger and want your article read, all you need to do is mention your iPad and people will click through to read about it. I’m not immune to it either. Just take a look at the list of giveaways at HIMSS. If you’re not giving away an iPad, then you probably don’t belong there.

One healthcare IT vendor on a HIMSS LinkedIn thread recently said they were giving away an iPod at HIMSS. Turns out that was mistake. Of course, he meant to say they were giving away…wait for it…an iPad. Think how lucky Apple is that hundreds of iPads will be given out at the largest Healthcare IT conference on the planet (30,000 people attending). Plus, Apple didn’t even have to pay for the promotion.

With all these free iPads hitting the healthcare IT world, I wonder how many more iPads will be purchased. Now some might wait to see what the second generation iPad will look like (I wonder if some creative vendor will giveaway the second generation iPad instead of the first generation), but no doubt there’s some mythical quality to the iPad. You see someone else using it and want one. At least I do. I’m not even sure why I want one, but I do. It’s not because everyone else has one cause I like to buck trends. However, there’s just something really nice about the form factor of the iPad tied with all its apps.

The real question is how well will the iPad do in an enterprise situation. I’ve started to see stories come out talking about the challenges of IT staff in supporting and deploying large numbers of iPads in their organizations. One such story had the CEO promise everyone iPads for Christmas. Then, the CIO had the amazing challenge to distribute and support thousands of iPads in their organization. You can’t take back a Christmas gift.

Since this is an EMR and EHR site, let’s just say that from my point of view, the EMR and EHR apps for the iPad still have a ways to go. I’ll be sure to do an informal poll of all the EMR companies I talk with at HIMSS about their “iPad EMR strategy.” I’m certain that they all have one. I’ll be interested to know EMR companies various approaches.

Of course, if you don’t like to run with the popular kids, maybe you should check out the Blackberry Playbook in Healthcare. I’ve heard it’s a great device and maybe they’ll actually care about the enterprise. I’m pretty sure the iPad is positioned that they won’t care all that much about the enterprise.

If you are going to HIMSS and want to learn about my giveaway. Tomorrow, I’ll post the details on EMR and HIPAA about how to win a 42″ HDTV. That’s over 4 times as big as the iPad’s little screen.

HIMSS Orlando New Media Meetup – Sponsored by MEDecision and Ozmosis

Posted on February 2, 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.

A few weeks ago I announced the New Media Meetup (tweetup) at HIMSS in Orlando. The RSVP’s have been coming in really well and it looks like we’re probably going to have to cap the attendance at the event. I guess there’s too many people using social media in healthcare. That’s a great thing.

We do have a few more slots left for people to sign up to attend. I’m personally in awe at the people who have signed up to attend already. The people that have signed up are going to make it a really great event.

If you’re interested in attending, please register for the event. Here are the details:

Who: Bloggers, Tweeters, Social Media people and Others Interested in Social Media
When: Tuesday 2/22 4:30-6:00 PM
Where: Booth 2563 (MEDecision booth) on the HIMSS exhibitor floor
What:
-Socialize with Amazing People
-An array of hot and cold hors d’ouvres (Vegetable Quesadillas, coconut crusted shrimp, assorted pinwheel sandwiches just to name a few along with delicious gourmet cupcakes) (Sponsored by MEDecision)
-Free Beer/wine/sodas/water (Sponsored by MEDecision)
-Amazing Giveaways (iPad sponsored by Ozmosis, Flip video cameras sponsored by MEDecision)

REGISTER NOW!!

About Sponsors
MEDecision offers collaborative healthcare management solutions that provide a simple and smart way for payers and providers to harness the power of knowledge to enable the best clinical decisions and improve health outcomes. Designed around a patient-aware health management philosophy, MEDecision’s solutions include Alineo, Nexalign, and InFrame. You can find them at HIMSS in Booth 2563.

Ozmosis provides a social powered knowledge management solution to healthcare enterprises. It’s flagship platform, OzmosisESP, enables clinicians, administrators, staff and researchers at hospitals and health systems to collaboratively develop, manage, and share knowledge within a fully integrated and indexed repository of clinical content and user expertise.

I look forward to seeing you at the event. Also, check out the HIMSS New Media Meetup Twitter feed. It’s a great list of all the Twitter accounts of those attending the event.

EMR and Health Care IT Advertising

Posted on December 24, 2010 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’d been meaning to do a post thanking all of the wonderful advertisers on EMR and EHR for a while now. I knew it had been a while. I checked today and I hadn’t really thanked my advertisers on this site since February just before HIMSS. How ironic that just yesterday I purchased my plane ticket and hotel for HIMSS in Orlando (BTW, I hope to meet many of you at HIMSS).

It seems fitting then on this Christmas Eve to thank all of my EMR and EHR advertisers for making 2010 a wonderful year for the site. In that regard, I’ll go through each advertiser and add a few comments about each. Feel free to click through to the following EMR and HIPAA sponsors and take a look at what they have to offer. They do after all keep the lights on here at EMR and EHR.

MD-IT – MD-IT has been an advertiser for a good while on both this site and EMR and EHR. I also had a great chance to meet Robin from MD-IT at HIMSS last year and it was a real pleasure. She’s a dynamic individual with a fantastic energy about her. I think that’s also reflected in MD-IT the company. Take a look at their EMR offering (especially if you’re a doctor who wants to still use transcription with their EMR).

Practice Fusion – The first Free EMR that I found. I’ve often called them the most Web 2.0 EMR company that I found. I say that from a technology perspective, but also from a company culture and marketing approach as well. It’s pretty much a no brainer decision to try out Practice Fusion if you’re looking at EMR software (or see my Practice Fusion EMR review). It’s free to sign up and you can test drive the product all you want. The best way to truly demo an EMR software is to use it.

Ambir – Ambir has a bunch of scanner solutions for healthcare. For some reason, they’re one of the only health care IT device companies that’s advertised on EMR and EHR. Not sure exactly why, because Ambir’s been advertising on here and EMR and HIPAA for a long time. Check out their duplex professional grade ID card scanner. Perfect for front desk scanning. If you’ve ever used a cheap scanner, you know why you need one that’s professional grade. Otherwise, you’ll be buying a new one a few months later.

Sfax – I’ve been happy to have Sfax advertising on both of my EMR sites for a long time. I recently did a review of Sfax’s secure fax service. Let’s just say that I was really pleasantly surprised by Sfax’s secure fax implementation. As I said in that post, “If I was an EMR vendor and didn’t have an integrated faxing service yet, I’d be on the phone to Sfax to talk about leveraging their API so I could worry about other EMR features.”

MxSecure – Another long term advertiser on both EMR sites. MxSecure has a nice transcription business, but has also launched an EMR software for small practices. Obviously, with a transcription background, they work to integrate EMR, Transcription and Speech Recognition into the EMR experience.

MDCare – An ONC-ATCB 2011-2012 EMR vendor that is handwriting enabled. They’re a web based EMR which many of my readers really like. They’re surescripts certified as well. They offer practice specific customizations for an affordable price. Plus, the feature that I like most is that you can try it for free. Nothing like a hands on test drive.

SOAPware – One of the oldest EMR software that I know of. They’ve been doing EMR software for a long time. This year they finally added a true integrated PM software to their EMR offering. A smart move since almost every practice wants the PMS and EMR from one company (one neck to ring). Dr. Randall Oates that started SOAPware is one of the most sincere and thoughtful individuals I’ve met in the EMR world. It’s no wonder that SOAPware has done so well.

Enterprise Software Deployment (ESD) – ESD is an EHR consulting company. Over 90% of their consultants come from a clinical background. The other 10% have IT experience in healthcare settings with Allscripts, Cerner, Eclipsys, Epic, McKesson, Meditech and Seimens EHR systems. So, if you’re looking for some consulting help, take a look at what they have to offer. Not to mention if you have experience with these systems and are looking for a job, check out their website for the EMR job opportunities they have available.

Thanks to all of these advertisers. It’s amazing to go through the list and see how many of the advertisers have been advertising for so long. Makes me feel good to know that they’ve seen value from advertising and continue to renew their ads.

If you’re interested in advertising, you can find more details on our EMR and EHR advertising page. You can also check out similar advertising opportunities on our EMR and HIPAA advertising page.

Thanks to all!! I hope everyone is enjoying this Holiday season!

HIMSS 11 Offers RFID Tracking at Annual Conference

Posted on October 21, 2010 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 got an interesting press release from HIMSS today announcing that they’ll be using RFID technology to track foot traffic to exhibitors at the HIMSS annual conference:

HIMSS and Alliance Tech have partnered to offer booth traffic reporting and analysis for HIMSS exhibitors at the 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition scheduled for Feb. 20-24, 2011 in Orlando, Fla.

“Understanding the needs and preferences of attendees at our annual conference has always been a priority for HIMSS,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO. “With the incorporation of RFID technology at HIMSS11, we are expanding conference benefits for both our exhibitors and attendees as they work together to find the best technology solution needed by the healthcare organization.”

It seems like an exaggeration to say that this is a benefit to attendees. I can see the value for the exhibitors. It’s going to be interesting to see how this is used. I’m not sure what I think about that tracking, but we’ll see how it’s used. I think many attendees will be less than happy about the idea.

What do you think of this?

HIMSS 11 Keynote Speakers in Orlando

Posted on September 9, 2010 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 not one to go to a lot of conferences. Although, I’ve been going to one all day today and tomorrow and it’s been quite interesting. Although, the best part has definitely been the in depth discussions about EHR that I’ve had with numerous attendees at the conference. More on that subject coming soon.

I’m also hoping to go to HIMSS 11 in Orlando. I had a great time at HIMSS 10 and I’d be remiss to not go to HIMSS 11. Let’s hope that I can find some sponsors for my coverage of HIMSS 11 to help offset the cost of the trip (any takers?). Here’s some links to find my coverage of HIMSS 11 on EMR and HIPAA and HIMSS 11 on EMR and EHR.

HIMSS just announced a couple of the keynote speakers for HIMSS 11. These are the 2 keynote speakers don’t necessarily specifically tie to healthcare in the traditional way:

Michael J. Fox – Popular actor and author Michael J. Fox shares his experiences as a patient and patient advocate.

Richard Boyd – Richard Boyd, expert in simulations for computer gaming, defense and film industries, will share his experiences with technologies used in the film “Avatar’ and their importance for the healthcare industry.

I must admit that I think Michael J. Fox will be a fascinating speaker. I’ll definitely be staying for that one. I don’t know Richard Boyd at all so we’ll see what happens with that one.

I’m definitely planning on approaching HIMSS in a very different way than I did last year. I had FAR too much scheduled time last year and tried to do too much. I’ll be freeing up my schedule this year to just discover new things and to have more quality time with great people than less time with more people. At least that’s the plan.

I know it’s early, but who’s planning on HIMSS 11?