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4 Health IT and EHR Blogs

Posted on August 12, 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 I’ve been putting together these blog posts about other Health IT and EHR bloggers, I’ve been astounded how many former bloggers have stopped blogging. I guess I was write to post one of my first blogger features as “EHR Blogger Attrition.” I imagine many previous bloggers are still sharing content, but have likely moved to other social media which is much easier to sustain. A tweet can be generated much more quickly than a blog post.

With that in mind, I feel grateful that I’m still able to blog and that enough people come and read my blog posts that I can provide for my family with my blogging. While some might define my blogging as micro blogging, I think there’s more value in a blog post than a tweet. You don’t have to dig into subjects in a tweet. People don’t go looking through your old tweets like they do blog posts.

Those musings aside, here are some other Health IT and EHR bloggers you might find interesting:
Health Blawg – David Harlow has a fascinating blog covering many of the various healthcare regulations that encumber our lives. Many lawyers are afraid to blog, but David has overcome that fear and created regular healthcare content that’s well worth following.

The Health Care Blog – While this blog isn’t exclusively health IT, a large portion o the topics are Health IT related. This blog never ceases to amaze me at the number of people they have contributing quality content to their site. It doesn’t have one voice, and that’s what makes the site so great. You might read a post about healthcare analytics and then one on value based contracts. Plus, it has one of the most active communities for comments. In fact, I often find myself more interested in the comments than the post itself.

Phil Baumann – While Phil is an RN by training, he’s more of a healthcare communicator and marketer than anything. Phil’s been doing this long enough that he doesn’t pull any punches. He just says it the way it is and isn’t afraid of saying things others aren’t comfortable saying. That makes for a good blog.

Galen Healthcare Solutions – I always like to feature at least one health IT company that’s creating great blog content. Galen Healthcare Solutions is definitely one of the best out there and they’ve been doing it consistently for a long time. Looks like their first blog post was in July 2008. I’m not sure who’s behind their consistency, but they deserve a lot of credit for the work they’ve done. It’s a great blog.

Online Won’t Ever Replace Face-to-Face, It Will Enhance It!

Posted on June 18, 2013 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 drawn in by the title of this blog post on The Healthcare Blog: Online Won’t Ever Replace Face-to-Face. Or Will It? It’s a powerful question and we all know the answer to the question is no, we won’t ever replace face to face interaction. Although, the title seems to indicate that it should be an either or proposition. From my experience, not only does online not replace Face-to-Face interaction, but it enhances it in really dramatic and beautiful ways.

A simple example of this happened yesterday. I was downtown filing some paperwork for my business at the county clerk’s office. As I was waiting for the paperwork to be processed, I got a tweet from someone saying they were in Las Vegas and would love to meet. I checked out his profile and didn’t recognize the name, but it said the magic words “healthcare startup” and so I was intrigued.

I quickly sent him a direct message on Twitter that I was in downtown Las Vegas and gave him my number if he wanted to connect while I was downtown. By the time I walked to my car I had a text from him saying he was 2 minutes away. So, I called him and we planned to meet at the local coffee shop where we had a nice 1-2 hour chat about healthcare startups.

Without technology I would have never known that Pete Kane was 2 minutes away from me, and I would have never learned about the amazing work he’s doing bringing together the Healthcare IT startup scene in Minnesota. He made me want to visit Minneapolis despite my current attempts to avoid traveling.

Turns out in the article linked above Katherine Leon realizes the same thing. Technology doesn’t get in the way of Face-to-Face meetings. It enables and enhances the face to face meetings. In fact, technology makes many more face to face meetings possible.

One thing I’ve found recently is that so many people are starving for social interaction in a community of peers. Many people blame technology for this and no doubt a generation of couch potatoes doesn’t help. However, even TV, video games, online interactions are all becoming very social experiences. These social interactions lead to offline interactions.

One of the greatest powers of the internet is its ability to bring together peer groups. We see this for every healthcare disease. We see this in the #HITsm and #HCsm communities. My best memories from those communities isn’t the online chats or watching that hashtag. It was the offline meetups that were facilitated by the technology.

Healthcare as much as any other industry can benefit from these connections. Plus, we’re just getting started with connecting people. Indeed, the online interactions won’t replace Face-to-Face interactions, but instead will dramatically enhance our offline connections to people.

EMR Stimulus Money Secure from Political Changes

Posted on November 23, 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’ve discussed on multiple occasions the possible impacts of the congressional changes on the EMR stimulus money. Justin Barnes on The Health Care Blog recently posted the best reason I’ve seen yet for the EMR stimulus money and meaningful use being safe from being cut, stopped, or otherwise maimed due to some political change. Here’s his description:

Fundamentally it’s important to note that the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, from which the Meaningful Use program and its funding originates within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, is an entirely different statute than PPACA.

Bipartisan support for the tenets and the spirit of HITECH dates back at least seven years, and it is also noteworthy that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), which administers Meaningful Use, was created by the Bush administration and a Republican Congress.

Politics aside though, the reason that Meaningful Use funds are secure is because they are drawn from the Medicare Trust Funds held by the U.S. Treasury, and are therefore not subject to annual Congressional budget appropriations or oversight.

From what I’ve read, the funding is really the only tool that the republicans have to damage the various democratic legislation that they don’t like. Since the meaningful use funds are part of the Medicare Trust Funds and not subject to the congressional budget, I think that clearly defines why the EMR stimulus money is safe.

So, you can all go out and safely buy your certified EHR and start showing meaningful use of your favorite EHR software.