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EMR Development, Where are the Doctors?

Posted on August 15, 2011 I Written By

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC in 2009. He can be contacted at doctorwestindc@gmail.com.

John Lynn, over at EMRandEHR.com recently wondered about Depth in an EMR Conference.  He recently attended the Health Tech Next Generation conference in San Francisco, where few doctors seemed to be present.  This is such a classic blunder in health IT: not checking with the end users to make sure what you are designing is on the right track.  To be honest, it’s what killed our first EMR experience and led us to fire the EMR vendor.  There was no clearly tangible evidence that a medical doctor was involved at all in programming the thing.  We felt like we were beta testing their system for them as they worked out “bugs” based on our suggestions.  Frankly, we should have requested three months worth of consulting fees in the end, but that’s a story for another time.

John also made the comment that he had never seen a true EMR conference focused on doctors, practice managers, and actual users of the EMR.  Hmm… I think Practice Fusion Connect 2010 did this to a large extent.  Lots of pics and videos from the event can be found here.  Better yet, I’ve already scheduled time to go the next one, Practice Fusion Connect 2011, which is being held in SF on 11.11.11.  It’s slated to be about  five times bigger this year according to my inside sources at the company, and they are expecting about 1,000 attendees.  When I was there in 2010, it seemed heavily focused on the end users, who seemed to make up a large portion of the audience.

John mentioned the important and puzzling question of “how do you get enough doctors together at an EMR conference?”  I’ll admit that one’s a tough nut to crack, since you are asking private practice docs to give up income to get to a conference during a weekday, on which most conferences like this are held.  If it’s held on a Saturday or over a weekend, that might help.  If the target audience is employed and salaried, then it’s not as much of a problem getting them there since they aren’t really losing any pay/income.  The problem with that is: employed docs generally don’t make buying and implementing decisions.  Those of us who do, typically are in small practices of our own.  An interesting conundrum to solve, but bring it on.  More conferences like this are definitely needed since American healthcare runs on private practice doctors, their managers, and their staff.

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC.  He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009.  He can be reached at doctorwestindc@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depth in an EMR Conference

Posted on August 12, 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’ve been having a good time today at the Health Tech Next Generation conference in San Francisco. They have some really interesting people from healthcare IT that are here. For me as an EMR and healthcare IT blogger, it’s a lot of fun to be able to “talk shop” with a bunch of HIT people. However, I can’t help but sit here wondering where the doctors are. Certainly there’s a place for an HIT industry insider conference, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen a true EMR conference focused on doctors, practice managers and actual users of the EMR. This wasn’t the intent of this conference, so it’s nothing against Health Tech Next Generation. I just think there’s an opportunity to create a conference focused on just EHR and provide unbiased information for doctors.

This really started hitting home for me when I was preparing to moderate a panel on EMR 101. The challenge was quite clear. I had an hour to try and cover EMR 101. Really? That’s bascially IMPOSSIBLE!

Here’s my broad list of what should be covered in an EMR 101:
To EMR or Not to EMR
EMR Selection
EMR Implementation
EHR Stimulus/Meaningful Use

I’m sure there are other areas that could be interesting. However, this would be a good start to get doctors ready to select and implement an EMR. Or at least make an educated decision to go with EMR or not.

The question is how do you get enough doctors together at an EMR conference. That part I haven’t figured out, but I’m interested in your ideas. I’d love to partner with a provider organization to create an event like this. I’m talking about an upfront unbiased approach to EHR. No kool-aid drinking talks allowed. Just a deep dive into the real details of selecting and implementing an EHR. I’m sure the EHR vendors would be happy to exhibit at the event.

What do you think? Would an EMR conference like this do well? I think it’s missing in the industry, but I’m not sure how you put it together properly.

Healthcare IT and EMR Events

Posted on August 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.

I’ve been looking over the next couple months and I realize I have more travel than I usually do. However, there are a number of events I want to attend and so I guess you got to do what you got to do. The good thing is that I love going to healthcare IT and EMR related events. I learn so much and meet a lot of really interesting people.

Here’s what I have on the agenda so far. I’d love to meet readers of the site at these events as well. So, let me know if you’ll be at the event or if you want to catch me before or after the event. (P.S. I posted something similar to this on EMR and HIPAA a while back, but the readership doesn’t crossover that much so I’m posting it here now).

Health Tech Next Generation – San Francisco August 12th – I’m actually doing an EMR panel at this event. Plus, I’m really excited with the meetings I have setup around this event. In fact, my trip to San Francisco is already packed. I’m also excited to see Guy Kawasaki speak in person.

Hospital and Healthcare IT Conference – Phoenix, AZ September 28-30, 2011 – I saw this conference and loved the Reverse Expo concept. Plus, I had an added interest in a conference like this since I am looking to dive deeper into the Hospital EHR world with my new site Hospital EMR and EHR. Katherine’s been writing over there for a bit now and she’s creating some interesting hospital EMR related content.

AHIMA Convention and Exhibit – Salt Lake City October 1-6 – I kept hearing people saying I should go to AHIMA. Well, it’s just up the road from me by where my folks live, and so I figured now was as good a time as ever to check out AHIMA. I don’t know what to expect really, but I’m sure I’ll learn a lot and get some new perspectives.

MGMA Annual Conference – Las Vegas October 23-26 – I can’t wait for MGMA to hit Las Vegas (my hometown). It will be my first time attending, but I’m excited to see all the EMR talk that’s sure to occur. Plus, I bet their exhibitor list will be right up my alley. I’ll be surprised if I make it to many sessions at all. I’ve been thinking of throwing a New Media Meetup at MGMA like I’ve done at HIMSS. What do you think?

There you have it. Any other conferences that I should try and squeeze into my plans? That’s pretty fully, but I could always be convinced for the right opportunity. I’m even talking to some people who organize a healthcare IT conference in Asia. I think a little international EMR and healthcare IT flare would be interesting.

I hope I get to meet a lot of readers at these various events. For those that can’t attend, I’ll do my best to bring you the best insights I can from each event.