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Veteran’s Day

Posted on November 12, 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.

As most regular readers know, Veteran’s Day can be a tough day for me. This year is particularly challenging as I think about my brother who is currently deployed. I also got a great message from a family history site I used which notified me of my ancestor who fought in World War I. I imagine we all have connections to the military in some form or fashion.

It’s a sobering thought to think of all the sacrifices our military make for us. In this crazy, divided world, there’s still a common love and appreciation for the sacrifices the military makes for us.

At a number of the healthcare IT conferences I’ve gone to, they’ve had military veteran’s stand up to be appreciated by those in the audience. It’s always amazing to see how many veterans are now working in healthcare. Their expertise and influence is spread throughout all of our lives well after they’ve left the military. That’s particularly true in healthcare which has plenty of veterans.

As I pause for a moment this day, I have amazing gratitude for our Veterans.

Medical Humor – Fun Friday

Posted on October 5, 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 as we head into the weekend. Tomorrow I’m heading off to Seattle for the SHSMD 2018 conference. This is my first time attending the event, so we’ll see how it goes and report back later. If you live in the Seattle area, we have an open meetup for the Healthcare Scene community on Tuesday, Oct 9. Find all the details for the Seattle meetup here.

This is conference season, so the week after that I’m heading to Boston for the MEDITECH MD and CIO Forum and then the Connected Health Conference. There are a bunch of meetups planned, but I’m going to definitely be going to this SPM, #pinksocks, #hcldr meetup in Boston. Everyone is welcome, so if you’re in Boston, join us for some fun and good people (word on the street is that there will be a dance party after the meetup).

As always, you can see our full schedule of Healthcare Scene conferences and events. We can’t wait to see everyone in Seattle and Boston.

Ok, enough about travel. Time for some Fun Friday humor to get you ready for the weekend. This humor comes from @DocAroundthClok on Twitter. I think you’ll enjoy it.

This 2nd one seems particularly interesting after I just wrote about all the meetups in this post. If you’re like this doctor, then you should definitely join us at the meetups. No eye contact required. I’ll be surprised if the dance party doesn’t include the song Despacito.

Have a great weekend!

Always Remembering 9/11

Posted on September 11, 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.

I’m not sure what it’s like for other people, but 9/11 is a day full of really mixed emotions for me. I’ve been reminded of it over the past couple weeks when people want to schedule meetings with me. As we’ve talked over schedules, I’ve wondered if I should schedule a work meeting on 9/11. The feelings are so raw for me that a part of me feels like that’s not appropriately honoring all of the people that lost their lives. The other part of me feels like carrying on is the best way to honor those that lost their lives. I palpably remember the feeling that the evil people win when we stop doing what we do. So, I try to have a normal day on a very not normal day.

We all have to deal with tragedies in our own way. I was grateful last night when my daughter came and asked me if I wanted to talk to her before she went to sleep. I laid down next to her and just talked. That’s a great moment and one that I’d remember and be grateful for if tragedy struck. I need to create more of those moments and never take them for granted.

There are so many stories out there from 9/11. I’m grateful that my children are learning about it from all of the movies and documentaries done about it. However, I don’t think they can fully understand. When I’m blogging on 9/11, I’ll always think of the story of Dirk Stanley on 9/11.

Many of you probably know Dirk since he’s active in healthcare IT social media. If you have met Dirk you would know almost instantly that he’s an amazing individual. However, this story takes the cake when it comes to illustrating the type of people we have working in healthcare IT. Plus, Dirk doesn’t really think much of it and certainly doesn’t want any honor. I’ve heard him say that he was just doing what he could to help even as a 3rd year medical student. That’s what makes him so special. Enjoy Dirk’s inspiring story below as told by ABC News Channel 7 in New York.

What a tragic day, but stories like Dirk’s still give me hope for the future.

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!