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New HIM Social Community Tag – #HIMSocial

Posted on April 11, 2016 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.

HIM Social Media - #HIMSocial


I think this is a great idea by Brad Justus to bring together the HIM community on social media. We’ve seen such amazing benefits from the communities that have been created around the #HITsm #hcsm and #hcldr hashtags (to name just a few).

In response to Brad’s tweet, some people suggested that the HIM and HIT communities are very similar and that maybe there shouldn’t be two communities. While I agree that many of the topics discussed by the HIM and HIT communities are the same, the people involved in both communities doesn’t overlap all that much. Most HIT professionals don’t see themselves as HIM professionals and vice versa. Maybe they should, but that’s a topic for another discussion.

Like Brad, I’ve had a chance to spend quite a bit of time at AHIMA and other HIM related events and it’s definitely a distinct community that looks at the challenges of health information management from a unique perspective. That’s why I think the #HIMSocial tag could do very well.

There are a few challenges to creating a community around the #HIMSocial tag. First, there is kind of already a community of HIM professionals that use the AHIMA hashtag. Although, I think the #HIMSocial tag would feel a little more inclusive and even create an opportunity for collaboration with the health IT community. Second, there are still a lot in the HIM community that don’t want to take part in social media like Twitter. There are some incredible exceptions, but speaking generally there are still a lot of HIM professionals that aren’t likely to take part in social media. No doubt that will continue to change.

If you’re part of the HIM (Health Information Management) profession, take a second to check out the #HIMSocial hashtag and send some tweets to contribute to the community.

HIM and Where It’s Heading with Charlie Saponaro

Posted on January 23, 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.

Lately I’ve started to really see the importance of HIM In the future of healthcare. I like to break HIM work into: managing the record (ie. Avoid Lawsuits), improving the coding/documentation (ie. More $$), and HIPAA compliance (ie. Avoid penalties). While their future has been questioned during the shift to EHR, I think they have a very important future in these areas.

With this as background, I did an interview with Charlie Saponaro, President and CEO of Medical Record Associates, to talk about the State of HIM. We talk about some major HIM trends like remote HIM and outsourced HIM for example. If you’re over HIM, in HIM or interested in the future of HIM, you’ll enjoy this chat with Charlie.

The Intersection of EMRs and Health Information Management

Posted on July 26, 2012 I Written By

As Social Marketing Director at Billian, Jennifer Dennard is responsible for the continuing development and implementation of the company's social media strategies for Billian's HealthDATA and Porter Research. She is a regular contributor to a number of healthcare blogs and currently manages social marketing channels for the Health IT Leadership Summit and Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society. You can find her on Twitter @JennDennard.

It was with great regret that I canceled my trip to Healthport’s first HIM Educational Summit earlier this week. (A rampant stomach bug claimed me as the last victim in our family of four, and so I thought my healthcare conference colleagues would, in fact, appreciate my absence.) I had been scheduled to moderate a discussion on the exchange of personal health information within an accountable care organization (ACO) – a topic that I thought I knew a lot about, until I began researching the subject. Turns out that to truly grasp this topic from a health information management (HIM) perspective, you need to be well versed in the current state of ACOs, Office of Civil Rights audits, HIPAA rules and regulations, privacy and security breach prevention strategies, the bring-your-own-device movement …. Needless to say, HIM professionals seem to have their hands full at the moment, as they will likely interact with a few if not all of the aforementioned areas in the coming months.

I especially had been eager to see if this cartoon from Imprivata got a few chuckles from my audience. Pretty timely, no?

Courtesy of Imprivata

I was also looking forward to attending a number of sessions, including:
“The Effects of EHR on HIM”
“Where HIM & MU Intersect, and What’s in it for You”
“Meaningful Use: Countdown to Attestation”
“Is Your PHI Protected? Security Measures you Need to Know About”
“The Brave New World of HIEs”

In prepping for the event, I came across a great list of “The Top 10 Trends Impacting HIM in 2016.” Note that EHR and related technologies top the list. I guess it’s safe to say that concerns around them aren’t going away any time soon.

Courtesy of Precyse

I’d love to have readers weigh in on what relationship HIM professionals have with their EMR counterparts in the hospital setting. How do they impact your workflow? Is Meaningful Use making your lives easier or harder? And how in the world are you going to find the time to worry about 2016, when it seems you’ve got enough on your plate in 2012?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Epic Jobs and the Challenge of Finding an EHR Job

Posted on September 7, 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 response to a post I did about the Noble EHR Profession, I got the following response about the challenge people are facing in finding a job with Epic or even in the EHR community as a whole. Stories like this make my heart break, so I have to share them. If people have ideas or job leadsfor Joan Baird (who wrote the comment below), let me know and I’ll send them on to her.

To provide some perspective…..I am also a recent grad with 2 degrees. One is in Health Information Management, the other is a Master’s in Medical Informatics. The difference is I am not 22 or 25. I applied for the position the woman in the article did. The test that EPIC administers is pretty intense and the subject matter is really only that which a recent (young) college grad would grasp and pass.

My Master’s graduation was in the past year from a reputable school. People at HIMSS said that employers would be “fighting over me”. I do get lots of calls from recruiters and had a fair number of interviews. Unfortunately, everyone wants people that have been through the entire implementation process at least once. How does one get that first position on an EMR team? This is what my degrees have prepared me for, especially the Masters degree. In addition, I serve on a HIMSS task force, attend HIMSS/AHIMA meetings, teach part time at a local college, take ONC workforce development classes etc.

I feel as though I am doing everything I “should” be doing. If you or anyone out there has advice for an educated, analytical, problem solving, high energy person looking to work on an implementation team, please weigh in.

This post also goes really well with the post Jennifer Dennard did on EMR and EHR about the EMR Job Qualification Gap.