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Posted on December 8, 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.

Today I was looking at my list of posts on EMR Thoughts and saw that this post will make the 100th post to EMR Thoughts!! So, I decided it’s time to celebrate that milestone.

The funny thing about celebrating milestones like this is that I use to do it all the time when I started EMR and HIPAA about 6 years ago. Now that I have so many site, I don’t remember to look back at the newer sites and realize how far they’ve come nearly as much.

The first post to EMR Thoughts was done on April 14 of this year. So, that’s 100 posts in 8 months. Not too shabby. I also love that EMR Thoughts has gotten 128 comments on the site in that time as well. That’s pretty amazing interaction with readers for a new blog. Considering how few people comment compared to just reading and leaving, I’m grateful for all of you that took the time to join in on the conversation.

I also just checked the pageview stats for the site and it looks like in the next day will top the 20,000 page views mark for this site as well. It will be fun to look back on that number a couple years from now. I have a feeling we’ll blow it out of the water over the next year.

I must admit that I really wasn’t sure the type of content that I’d post on EMR Thoughts. I just knew that I had way too much content and not enough places to post it, so I started the site. 100 posts in, EMR Thoughts has turned into my place to discuss the EMR and Healthcare IT market. Any post that has to do with the size of the market, changes in the market, investments in EMR or healthcare IT will likely end up on EMR Thoughts. A quick look at the list of posts on the EMR Thoughts archives page tells an interesting story about the EMR, EHR and Healthcare IT market.

Well, 100 posts down. Now on to the next 100. Although, I bet I’ll probably lose track and not celebrate until EMR Thoughts reaches 500 posts.

Thanks everyone for reading and a Big Thanks to the advertisers on the site.

Adopt an EHR or Lose Your Medical License

Posted on May 5, 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 glancing through my draft posts today and found this article by Neil Versel, now blogging at Meaningful Healthcare IT News, about State Medical Boards considering making EHR user a condition of medical licensor. That’s right. To renew your medical license using an EHR could be part of the clinical competence test.

On face value, it’s a kind of crazy idea to consider. Although, couple that with a post on EMR Thoughts that talks about a Doctor Quiting His Practice Over EHR Use. Makes you think for a second the value of EHR knowledge for a doctor practicing medicine.

Turns out that Massachusetts has already put this requirement in place starting in 2015. Here’s a quote about that doctor that closed his practice thanks to his inability to use the EHR.

Like all Massachusetts doctors, the physician also was required to comply with the state’s Section 305 law. It mandates that physicians demonstrate competency in EHR use by 2015 to maintain licensure.

I must admit that this is a hard pill to swallow for me. Do we really need to make this a requirement? Does making it a requirement add any value? In Massachusetts it says they’re using CME’s to show a person’s EHR proficiency. A really powerful measure of proficiency < end sarcasm font>. Therein lies the problem. How do you measure EHR proficiency?

Although, the doctor leaving the practice, which is an issue in itself, also illustrates why EHR proficiency shouldn’t be a requirement for a medical license. In the not so distant future, it will be hard to practice medicine without EHR proficiency whether the medical boards require EHR knowledge or not.

Welcome to the New EMR Thoughts!!

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.

Thanks for stopping by the new EMR thoughts website. Our goal is to provide the best (or at least most random) thoughts about EMR and EHR on the net. There’s no guarantee what you might find on here. They might be long exposes on EMR and EHR or they might be a short one line sentence or quote. Probably more of the later though.

This will be an open place where myself and others will have the platform to express strong opinions and ideas. Sure we’ll be respectable and professional, but hopefully this blog will stretch the envelope a little bit and causes people to think a little bit harder about the future of EMR and EHR.

It may take us a little bit to get all set up, but watch for great Healthcare IT and EMR related content coming your way really soon. Until then, be sure to go and check out the other Healthcare Scene blogs.