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Hospital EMR and EHR Post #1450

Posted on August 1, 2018 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.

When I first started blogging, I’d celebrate every milestone imaginable. When I’d published 10, 20, 50, 100 blog posts. They were all causes for celebration. Not to mention 10,000 pageviews and then 20,000 pageviews, etc. 13 years into my blogging journey and over 12,000 blog posts later and it’s easy to forget to celebrate the various blog accomplishments.

With that said, I was really proud today to see that this will be the 1450th blog post on Hospital EMR and EHR. That’s approximately 200 blog posts a year since the start of this blog 7 years ago. I’m really proud of this accomplishment because the hospital IT space was quite foreign to me when I started. I still remember some of my first meetings with Dana Sellers formerly from Encore Health Resources and how she started my education on the hospital IT space. In fact, I still thank her for that education every time I see her. However, that thanks goes out to thousands of people who have shared their knowledge, insights, and experience. That includes Anne Zieger who’s contributed almost half of the blog posts.

I dove into the stats for this site from this year and took a look at the top 5 blog posts. What’s fascinating is that none of the top 5 blog posts were from this year. Seems like content last a very long time and older content can drive some of the most traffic. There are a lot of lessons available from looking at this top content.

1. Why Is It So Hard to Become a Certified Epic consultant?
Shout out to Nate DiNiro for this post back in 2011. It might be one of the only posts he did for us. He’s right that getting Epic Certified is a golden ticket of sorts. A simple example of supply and demand. Epic has kept certifications in short supply. So, the cost of someone who is Epic certified has gone up. His question at the end of the post is a good one that’s still not answered. Or at least the answer so far is that proprietary systems are winning. I hope that’s not true forever.

2. Will Medical Coders Be Needed in the Future? – HIM Scene
The future of the medical coder is an interesting one. I still think my assessment of the situation is still clear. Coders are here to stay. Technology will help them though.

3. Why Do People Dislike Epic So Much? Let Me Count The Ways
This post is ironic giving the top post where people want to get Epic certified. There are a lot of people who really love Epic. The times I’ve interacted with Judy I can understand why they do. She’s a smart businesswoman and has had success for a reason. She understands that the key is relationships with the customer.

4. Epic’s 13 Principles
Anything Epic does well on this site. It’s like an Apple story in technology. Seeing these 13 principles was eye opening and is still something I think about regularly when I think about Epic the company. It explains a lot of things about them.

5. Opening the Door to Data Analytics in Medical Coding – HIM Scene
I’m proud that we have a second HIM Scene blog post in the top 5. We’ve worked hard to provide some great content for the HIM professional. I’m happy we’ve been so successful and that in some ways we can bring the HIM professional and the HIT professional together in one community. This post was a good one on data analytics and medical coding.

Of course, on this milestone posts, I always want to thank the sponsors that keep this blog alive. The publishing business is a hard one and so we always appreciate sponsors that trust us with their brands and their marketing dollars. We treat it with respect and always want to provide as much value in return to them. A big thank you to Stericycle Communication Solutions, Ciox, Atos, and Liaison Technologies for all the support.

Thanks to all of you who read, comment, and share our posts as well. We’re lucky to be part of such a special community.

Memorial Day

Posted on May 28, 2018 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 everyone for reading. I hope that each of you has a great Memorial Day. My thoughts today are with my brother who serves in the military, but also with all of the healthcare professionals that are still working on this day. While not the same sacrifice, it’s a sacrifice just the same to be working on a day when most are spending time with their families and friends. Thanks to everyone who sacrifices to make this world a little better.

#EMRHumor – Fun Friday

Posted on April 13, 2018 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.

It’s Friday and so we often like to kick back a little and let our hair down before we enjoy the weekend. This Friday I stumbled upon a hashtag #EMRHumor. I had to see who had used the hashtag and it turned up some really old tweets and a couple pretty funny ones. I hope you enjoy!


I have no idea how this is EMR humor, but it brings up some interesting points. This makes me wonder the humorous (and possibly dangerous) things that could happen as AI starts talking with doctors in the exam room.


This tweet was from 2013. I’d like to talk with Dr. Jim Morrow now and see how he feels.


I just don’t have words for this one.

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.

Collaboration in Healthcare – President’s Day

Posted on February 19, 2018 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.

It’s President’s Day in the US which means a lot of people have the day off from work and school. Unfortunately, in healthcare it’s largely just another day. My heart goes out to each of you who have to work today.

I started a tradition of posting quotes from past US Presidents on President’s Day and so I’m going to continue that tradition today. I love the following quote from Woodrow Wilson. The principle of collaboration is so important and often forgotten by many companies and many healthcare organizations. It’s why I love social media so much. It opens doors to collaborations that would have previously been difficult to discover.

Happy President’s Day!

The Importance of Good People Doing Good – Martin Luther King Day

Posted on January 15, 2018 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 in the US, we’re celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. To celebrate the holiday, I thought it would be great to share some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes. Many of the messages are relevant to the healthcare and illustrate what makes those working in healthcare so special.

Hospital Holiday Cartoons – Fun Friday

Posted on December 22, 2017 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.

Happy Holidays to all of you! It’s the Friday before Christmas, so we thought we’d go for some holiday humor. Hopefully you have a great weekend and a great holiday.


It’s amazing what technology can replace. I still think most technology will augment what we’re doing in healthcare, but if we’re not involved the tools will replace us.


I guess we all have issues to deal with and why mental health is so important and often forgotten.


Far too many hospitals have really felt this one with all the healthcare mergers that have happened.

Happy Holidays to each of you! Thanks for reading!

What are you #HITThankful for?

Posted on November 23, 2017 I Written By

Colin Hung is the co-founder of the #hcldr (healthcare leadership) tweetchat one of the most popular and active healthcare social media communities on Twitter. Colin speaks, tweets and blogs regularly about healthcare, technology, marketing and leadership. He is currently an independent marketing consultant working with leading healthIT companies. Colin is a member of #TheWalkingGallery. His Twitter handle is: @Colin_Hung.

It’s Thanksgiving in the US and for many this means spending time with family and friends over insane amounts of cooked poultry (or tofu for our vegetarian friends). It is also the time to stop and think about all the things we are thankful for.

This year, Brian Mack @BFMack, Marketing & Communications manager at Great Lakes Health Connect and member of the #HITsm #HITMC and #hcldr communities, started the #HITThankful hashtag as way for people to share what they are thankful for in HealthIT.

From the tweets that have been shared it’s clear that being thankful for family is at the top of the list, but there have also been many who have been thankful for supportive coworkers and online friends.

This year I am tremendously thankful for the support of all my friends and colleagues in healthcare and HealthIT. I seriously would not have made it through the year had it not been for the encouragement and thoughtfulness of friends like John Lynn, Rasu Shrestha, Joe Babaian, Robert Blount, Nick Adkins, Regina Holliday, Nick van Terheyden, Sarah Bennight, Amy Hamilton, Brittany Quemby, Erin Wold, Cristina Dafonte, Janae Sharp, Tim Kinner, Dennis Nasto, Steve Nickerson, Daniel Kube and Colleen Young.

I got a wake-up call in the spring this year and it forced me to give serious thought to where I was heading professionally. Over the summer I must have spoken with at least 100 friends and family who all told me the same thing – it’s time that I get back to doing something I love doing. For me that’s helping small HealthIT companies grow into big ones. I’m thankful to have the opportunity now to pursue my passion.

I do have to give a special shout-out to John Lynn who has allowed me to contribute blogs to HealthcareScene.com and for believing in me. You are a true friend John and I’m so happy that we are now getting the chance to work together more closely.

I also have to thank everyone in the #hcldr #HITMC #HITsm #pinksocks #HTReads #HealthITChicks #HealthXPh #irishmed and #hcsmsa communities. All of you inspire me to keep the flame burning.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Posted on November 24, 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.

In the US, today is Thanksgiving and so I thought it would be fun to show a bit of gratitude to each of my children on each of my blogs. Feel free to skip this post if you’re looking for Healthcare IT content on Thanksgiving. We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled content on Monday.

This probably says a lot about me, but I decided to put my oldest child on my oldest blog and so forth down the line based on age of the child and blog. With that alignment, HospitalEMRandEHR.com is host to my third child. Most of you don’t know, that my brother and I have casually been writing a daddy blog called Crash Dad where I refer to my kids as Crash Kids. So, on this blog I want to show some gratitude for Crash Kid #3.
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Crash Kid #3 is an incredible child. In some ways, he’s the black sheep of the family since all of the others got the blonde hair and light skin that you’d expect from my children. Instead, Crash Kid #3 got all the Italian blood from my wife. Yes, that means he’s short and has incredible olive skin, dark hair, and a really amazing personality. He’s also well known for having incredible eyelashes. We actually have a contest on airplanes to see how many people will comment on them. They really are that long and dark and the envy of every woman he meets. He of course wants to shave them off since so many people comment on them. He’s an incredible boy that’s thoughtful, smart, and extremely caring.

I’m so grateful for this sweet boy. He comes home from school almost every day and stops by my home office to give me a hug and tell me that he missed me. There really is nothing sweeter than this in my life. It’s often nice to have that perspective during a challenging day.

Happy Thanksgiving! Who are you grateful for this day?

Honoring the Amazing Work of Dirk Stanley on 9/11

Posted on September 12, 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.

I realize this is a day late, but I try not to work on weekends and so I figured a day late was better than never. Many in the health IT community know Dirk Stanley (check out his CMIO blog) very well, but I have a feeling that most people don’t know the amazing work that Dirk did on 9/11 as a 3rd year medical student. Check out this news report where Dirk recounts the experience:

If any of you know Dirk, this story will likely not come as a surprise. My most common memory of Dirk is him introducing me to some CMIO attending HIMSS for the first time and his sincere efforts to make them feel welcome at the conference. This memory is so vivid for me because it’s happened over and over again. It’s one of the reasons I’m always so excited to see Dirk at conferences. I know I’ll not only get to see him, but also his entourage.

It’s hard for me to believe that 15 years has passed since September 11th. It’s true that I’ll #NeverForget even all this time later. I’m reminded of it every time I see an airplane flying above me. I feel lucky to associate with people like Dirk who made a difference that day in so many people’s lives.

President’s Day – Making Mistakes

Posted on February 15, 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.

Last year I started the tradition of posting some presidential quotes that I found interesting as a way to honor President’s Day in the US. I’ll keep that tradition alive with the quote below:
Roosevelt Quote