ONC Healthcare IT Blog

Posted on April 26, 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’m extremely biased in this opinion, but I love that ONC has a healthcare IT blog. I’m sure it still has to go through the government filter, but I love that the members of ONC have a place where they can put out comments and thoughts and receive feedback from the greater community.

One thing that’s beautiful about a blog is that the community of readers often provide as much value in the comments as the writer provides in the commentary. I think that’s a hard shift for many journalists to make since they’ve been so well trained that they are suppose to provide the font of information, cover all angles, research out the facts, etc.

Since I’m not a journalist, this hasn’t been hard for me at all. In fact, one of the main reasons I started this blog was for me to share the information that I had learned and I learned very quickly that when I was wrong that the good people reading my site would be happy to correct me. I’m not sure I’d call all of those corrections a fun experience, but once I put my pride behind me I’m always grateful to be smarter after than I was before.

I imagine that ONC has seen the same thing. They’ve probably heard some comments that were hard for them to hear. However, once they get over those hard things, I’m sure they were grateful to have access to some candid feedback. Argue what you may about the value of meaningful use, certified EHR, and , all of the people from ONC that I’ve met have been very good people trying to do the best they can. I imagine the blog helps them do that even better.