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650 Posts, 500,000 Pageviews and Interesting Search Terms

It’s an exciting time for Hospital EMR and EHR. We just passed 650 blog posts since we started this hospital IT focused blog back on May 19, 2011. Hard to believe that this blog is already 3 years old. 215 posts a year is a pretty amazing body of work. Plus, we’re approaching nearly half a million pageviews in that time and have 1,198 email subscribers for just this blog (not including the general Healthcare Scene email subscribers). A big thank you to everyone who reads us regularly.

I thought it would also be fun to take a look at the funny, interesting and insightful things that people are searching on Google (and other search engines) that lead them to the site:

epic certification – With 1,625 searches (and thousands of more searches for variations of this term), there is a lot of interesting in becoming Epic certified. Unfortunately, I think that means there are a lot of really unsatisfied people when they find out that there’s no easy way to get Epic certified. I hope this changes.

epic emr – Obviously we’ve written a lot of content about Epic. Although, overall interest in Epic is always high. So, it’s not surprising that many of our readers are interested in reading about Epic.

soarian & soarian emr – At least for this site, Soarian takes the second spot on searches. I think that’s attributed to some great articles that we’ve written on Soarian over the years.

meditech emr – I’m a little surprised that we still don’t have Cener on the list, but Epic, Soarian, and MEDITECH are attracting more searches to this site than Cerner. I guess that means we need to write more content about Cerner.

meditech vs epic – Looks like many people have been searching to see if they should move from MEDITECH to Epic. At least I assume this is the direction they’re considering. Has anyone heard of someone going from Epic to MEDITECH?

epic certification salary – You can understand the interest in these numbers. Although, I’m surprised that Google didn’t send them to this post on Healthcare IT Today about Epic Salaries and Bonuses. Although, that’s for people working at Epic. Maybe I should do a post on Epic certified consultants salaries.

hospital ehr vendors – This search is not surprising since our Hospital EHR vendor page is one of our most popular pages.

ipad security issues – A great topic of discussion that every hospital is dealing with. Apple has come a long way on this issue, but they could still do better. Although, I’m not convinced they’ll ever fully embrace enterprise IT.

closed loop medication administration – We haven’t dug into this topic as much, but we should. I’ll add it to my list of future topics.

An interesting look at what people are searching on Google (albeit biased by the content of this site). Thanks everyone for reading. I look forward to our next 650 blog posts.

August 15, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: and, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

EMR Vendors Need To Get Their Act Together

For quite some time now, EMR vendors have gotten away with selling products that aren’t very usable and may even pose safety risks. But that’s the price enterprise EMR buyers have been willing to pay to jump in and automate. Very soon, though, vendors may be held to a higher standard, a new report from KLAS.

KLAS recently held a bake-off comparing Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, McKesson’s Paragon, Meditech 6 and Siemens’ Soarian EMRs head to head where it comes to usability and efficiency, SearchHealthIT reports. The study looked at how the products worked for individual users, and then looked at how they meet organizational quality of care demands.

Some of the EMRs  – and I wish SearchHealthIT had told us which ones — took a full month for physicians to learn. In some cases, physicians who were willing to take that month ended up with a richer experience than those which were easy and quick to learn, while in other cases, the darned thing still wasn’t usable.  Of course, those with long learning curves and unimpressive features suffered from low physician adoption, the  publication notes.

This is all interesting enough, but what grabbed me about the story was a provider quote from an end user, supplied by KLAS:

“As suggested by the new 2014 certification standards, vendors should take more responsibility for both the usability and safety of their products. These responsibilities shouldn’t be the sole purview of healthcare organizations and providers like they have been until now.”

Could it be that providers have finally gotten to the point where they’re no longer going to put up with unusable products and bring the hammer down even on giants like the big-shouldered group listed above?  After all, so far providers have swallowed hard and accepted a lot of ugly technology.

Maybe Meaningful Use demands are finally giving health organizations the backbone they need to stand up to Jabba the Hutt vendors?

March 22, 2013 I Written By

Anne Zieger is veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Zieger formerly served as editor-in-chief of and her commentaries have appeared in dozens of international business publications, including Forbes, Business Week and Information Week. She has also contributed content to hundreds of healthcare and health IT organizations, including several Fortune 500 companies.

Top HIS Vendors By 2011 Revenue: Siemens (SI)

As some of you may recall, a few months ago we took a look at Soarian’s prospects for taking some of Epic’s ever-growing EMR marketing share.  At the time, we noted that Soarian’s  customer satisfaction ratings were climbing and its list of big deals was growing.  In the wake of our story a few readers chimed in to slam Sorian, hard — one dubbed it “the most asinine and ridiculously slow system. Ever.” — but with Siemens’ $85 billion behind it, it’s not going anywhere soon.

So,  here’s some stats on Siemens’ position on the HIS market, courtesy of HealthDataManagement magazine.  As previously noted, HDM defines HIS as the complete package of hardware, software and implementation needed to manage and support a hospital.

HDM has ranked Siemens as third in volume, behind McKesson (#1) and Cerner (#2). HDM estimates that Siemens has 14 percent of the HIS market.

All that being said, bear in mind that we’re  not suggesting the order in which their revenue streams are ranked implies that, say, McKesson offers better products then Cerner. But numbers like these are interesting anyway, aren’t they?  At least in that rubbernecking-can’t-turn-away-from-that-car-crash way…

-Anne Zieger 


Siemens AG (SI)
Wittelsbacherplatz 2
(Phone) +49-89-63600

CEO: Peter Loescher

CEO of Healthcare Sector: Hermann Requardt

2011 HIS Revenue:
$1.7 billion

2010 HIS Revenue: $1.6 billion

Clearly, Siemens wouldn’t go out of business any time soon if it dropped the entire HIS business into a black hole.  $1.7 billion isn’t chump change but it’s a tiny part of the 85 billion Euro company’s overall revenues.

Ah, but for readers of this publication, there’s a catch. Soarian seems to be set up for growth, if the consultants behind HDM’s research are right. According to them, Soarian continues to sell well, and what’s more, with many clients still using Siemens’ older Invision and MedSeries4 systems, Siemens has many prospects that could be sold on a Soarian upgrade.  If so, we could see some real rumbling in the power structure of the EMR business overall.

Interesting fact:  While most of its competitors are firmly rooted in the healthcare business, Siemens is as much (if not more) an electronics and electrical engineering company with very large stakes in power generation, renewable energy, oil and gas, power transmission and distribution.

April 30, 2012 I Written By

Anne Zieger is veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Zieger formerly served as editor-in-chief of and her commentaries have appeared in dozens of international business publications, including Forbes, Business Week and Information Week. She has also contributed content to hundreds of healthcare and health IT organizations, including several Fortune 500 companies.