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Critical Access Hospital EMR & EHR Market Series on Hospital EMR and EHR

Posted on October 11, 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.

For those of you that work in the Hospital EMR and EHR market or have an interest in hospital healthcare IT, you should go over right now and make sure you’re subscribed to our sister site: Hospital EMR and EHR. The content that’s being created on that site is phenomenal.

For example, Chris O’Neal from KATALUS Advisors just finished a series of posts covering the Critical Access Hospital EMR & EHR market. Here are the posts from the series:
How Big is the Health IT Market for Critical Access Hospitals?
Pressures on Critical Access Hospitals – IT Budgets, Competition and IT Talent Retention
What Are the Health IT Trends Working in Favor of Small Hospitals?
Which Health IT and EHR Vendors Should Critical Access Hospitals Consider?

I’ve got another post titled The Argument for Meditech on the way as well. I’ve really enjoyed working with Chris and KATALUS Advisors on these posts and I believe we’ll have even more great Hospital EMR and EHR content from them in the future.

Plus, many of you probably remember many of the great posts here on EMR and EHR by Katherine Rourke. She has such a love for hospitals, that Katherine’s now posting on Hospital EMR & EHR. You can find all of her posts here.

CMS doesn’t get it? Can they ever?

Posted on May 26, 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.

Katherine Rourke gets another gold star from me for her May 16 post, “Health IT Expenses Burden ACO Startups, But CMS Doesn’t Get It”.  I have this funny suspicion that there are a lot of things that CMS doesn’t get, and most of them involve marrying efficiency with smartly constructed programs.  As a provider who has decided to opt out of Medicare, part of what led me to make this decision were the inefficiencies involved in trying to work with a government-run program whose priorities do not include customer service.

A case in point is the new drug Prolia, used for treating osteoporosis and preventing potentially life-threatening fractures.  Yesterday, I found out that Medicare — unlike commercial insurance companies — does not authorize the use of specialty pharmacies, which can ship the drug to doctors and directly bill Medicare themselves.  Thus, I am forced to shell out around $850 for a single dose to be sent to me to give to the patient.  I then bill Medicare and hope all goes well and there are no delays with reimbursement.  Needless to say, I would be hard pressed to offer this therapy in the future to Medicare patients if I were continuing with it.

And what’s with calling an HMO established by CMS an ACO?  Is this just a clever ruse to diguise exactly what an HMO does?: keeps costs down by paying less and causing the patient to, thus, get less?  My old 8th grade high school teacher Ms. Rainey, bless her soul, used to have the most apt quips when we would come to her class every day.  And she was so right, again and again.  One morning, she told us the story of her son who bought a pair of sneakers at Payless Shoe Source.  In about two weeks, they were falling apart.  Her comment?   “Pay less, get less.”

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.

EMR and Healthcare IT Article Run Down

Posted on May 19, 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 imagine most of my readers know that I’ve launched the Healthcare Scene blog network. EMR and EHR is one member of the blog network along with 7 other blogs that have been announced with 6 more blogs that will be announced shortly (Have you found them already?). We’re growing rapidly and expanding the number of people that are sharing great content with the world of healthcare IT and in particular EMR and EHR. The goal of providing a platform for the independent Healthcare IT voice is becoming a reality.

It’s a really exciting thing to be a part of. The most exciting part of it all is the amazing people that I get to work with and the content they create. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of their content with my thoughts on their posts.

EMR and HIPAA
Neil Versel recently started posting a regular weekly column on EMR and HIPAA. Check out his latest post on clinical decision support and an update on Dr. Larry Weed. Reading articles like that from Neil help me to appreciate more fully the history of healthcare IT. I’ve admittedly showed up late to the party, but Neil provides some interesting perspectives based on his knowledge and experience in healthcare IT. Here’s my favorite quote from his article:

“Patients may surmise that a physician who uses a [decision support system] is not as capable as a physician who makes the diagnosis with no assistance from a DSS.” I then noted that Weed has been saying for more than 50 years that physicians shouldn’t have to rely on their memory to make clinical decisions when computers can help them process an increasingly voluminous knowledge base.

Meaningful HIT News
Neil’s blog Meaningful Healthcare IT News is also a member of the Healthcare Scene blog network. How can you not enjoy a post entitled Skype for “Redneck Telehealth”? Sometimes, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

Happy EMR Doctor
What doctor isn’t interested in reading another doctor’s perspective on “Getting a Life with Electronic Medical Records,” “Gag Orders and Bad EMR Systems,” and a Doctor’s issues with PQRI Incentive Money? Those are the latest topics from Dr. West over on Happy EMR Doctor. Of course, now that Dr. West has gotten the blogging bug, his EMR gave him a life and his new blog has taken it back. I always appreciate a practicing doctor’s perspective.

Smart Phone Health Care
I’d been covering a number of mobile health care and mHealth related topics on this and my EMR and HIPAA blog, but the topic has become so popular that I knew it was time to start a mobile health care related site of its very own. I’m now doing it in partnership with David. He’s been churning out some interesting posts about Cell Phones Saving Lives in Africa and a Mobile App that Could Detect an Acute Stroke. I’ve always seen one of the major developments of mobile health happening in the developing world where the IT networks aren’t yet in place. Mobile phones can have such a tremendous impact for good. It’s beautiful to learn about. Although, mobile health is still in its infancy in the developed world as well. Personally, I’ve been trying to kick around some mobile gaming app that would encourage activity (ie. movement). Far too many of us sit in front of our computers all day. Healthcare would be so much better if more people just moved (written as I sit in front of my computer).

EMR, EHR and Healthcare IT News
This site is still very young, but just hit it’s 100,000 pageview mark. That’s a result that I would have never been able to predict. Although, news like the one posted today about the First Medicare EHR Stimulus Checks is something that many find interesting. If you know of other news we should be posting, let us know.

EMR and EHR Screenshots
The most recently announced member of the Healthcare Scene blog network is a website called EMR and EHR Screenshots. There’s still a lot I want to do to improve the interface for viewing the various EMR and EHR screenshots, but I think the concept is really interesting. My goal is to aggregate as many of the EMR and EHR screenshots as I can get. Hopefully that will mean even screenshots from the same EMR and EHR software as it releases new versions of the software. I’d love to have screenshots of CPOE, ePrescribing, scheduling, charting, diagnosing, etc. Basically if you’re interested in knowing what an EMR looks like or what it looked like previously, we’re hoping to provide you that view into an EMR’s development. A lofty vision. We’ll see how many EMR and EHR vendors, doctors, and other users will support it.

See what I mean when I talk about the amazing content that’s being generated. This doesn’t even include the great posts that Katherine Rourke is doing on this blog and my own posts (which could be classified as good or bad).

As I mentioned, I have 6 more blogs to be announced shortly. So, keep an eye on Healthcare Scene to see what will be announced next.

EMR and EHR Advertising

Posted on May 10, 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.

Excuse our regular programming for these important messages from our sponsors. Ok, not really messages from our sponsors. Just a big Thank You to all the EMR and EHR advertisers.

It’s fun for me to look back at the origins of EMRandEHR.com. I use to call it my “throw away” blog. Now, it’s turned into a really great place for discussing EMR and EHR. Not to mention the hot topics of meaningful use and iPad EMR (2 of the top search engine referrals for this site). Now I have a new throw away EMR site. I’m really proud of the EMR and EHR readership and the discussion that happens in the comments. Not to mention the great addition of Katherine Rourke as a regular writer. She provides some unique perspectives.

Now, on to the important stuff. Check out these new EMR and EHR advertisers since I last posted in December:
DrChrono – An EMR built from the ground up for the iPad and includes medical speech to text built in. They offer features like eRx, Paperless Medical Billing, Speech-to-Text, Customizable Note interfaces, and drug-drug interaction. Drchrono offers a freemium pricing model. So, you can go and download their free version to your iPad and try it out. I’m still trying to convince them to send me an iPad so I can try it out. Sadly, my hopes of winning an iPad at HIMSS were shattered. One day I’ll get my hands on an iPad and try these and other EMR software out. Until then, check DrChrono out and let me know what you think in the comments.

Nuesoft – I always have strong emotions when I see the name Nuesoft. About 6 years ago I took a trip to Nuesoft’s Atlanta office and was trained in EMR. I was a tech person with no healthcare knowledge, but the people at Nuesoft helped me get up to speed. Enough about my experience. Nuesoft offers a SaaS EHR software along with a medical billing service called Nuetopia. They also create great videos. Here’s one video they just created about Reworking Claims Submission Workflow to Maximize Revenue.

Records Management, LTD – One major issue with any new EMR implementation is what to do with all of the old paper files. Records Management Ltd offer complete records management solutions for medical practices dealing with this issue. They image and index your files with a state-of-the art technology and then secure them both physically and digitally. I also love that they had a service to handle retiring physicians records as well. I hadn’t ever thought about that need.

Medical Web Experts – I’m really happy to have John Deutsch and his team at Medical Web Experts advertising on EMR and EHR. He was my first ever advertiser. Among a number of marketing services that he offers, Medical Web Experts is putting in a lot of work in the patient portal space. They have a real focus on the customer (doctors and patients) that I like and I’m interested to see their product develop.

Also, a big thanks to advertisers that have renewed their ad: Practice Fusion, Ambir, Sfax, MxSecure, MDCare EMR, Enterprise Software Deployment, and Mitochon Systems. Ok, that’s pretty much everyone renewing. Thanks to those advertisers that support what we do.

For those interested in details of advertising, check out the EMR and EHR advertising page or drop me a note on the Contact Us page and I can send you the full HealthcareScene.com media kit.