Unbiased, Targeted and Useful Resources for Doctors Evaluating EMR Systems

I got the following email from a reader of EMR and HIPAA which really hit me when it comes to providing the right resources for medical practices that are researching and implementing an EMR system in their practice.

I remember achieving a feeling of solace after discovering your site.

When initially researching and realizing how much misleading information is out there, it’s very overwhelming and leaves the researcher of a very important IT addition to a medical practice feeling very alone.
Your transparent and no bones about it approach (whether positive or negative) is appreciated by many.

Don’t ever change.

While I definitely appreciate and am flattered by this reader’s nice comments, I was struck even more by their description of the challenge a medical practice has in finding quality, transparent, and unbiased information in what someone in my recent survey called a “sea of bias.” The “feeling very alone” is something that I’m sure most wouldn’t admit but many have likely felt. I know I’ve certainly felt it.

All of this has me pondering more ways that I can get better information into the right hands. My e-Book on EMR selection was a good start. More “cliff notes” like versions of my websites would probably be good for doctors since they likely don’t want to read all 1000+ posts on EMR and HIPAA and 500+ posts on EMR and EHR.

I also think that Meaningful Use Monday is a good series to help providers that are evaluating meaningful use and the EHR incentive money. I just feel like there’s probably more that I could and should be doing to connect doctors with good information.

In fact, writing this post reminds me of something someone I respect told me at HIMSS, “John, you have a platform now and you better use it for good. And I’m going to hold you to it.”

To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure how to take the comment. I guess now that I’ve had some time to digest it, I find it an awesome responsibility even though I still just consider myself a regular old blogger. I do find the concept that this is a platform that can be used for good very inspiring. Hopefully, I and now the other Healthcare Scene bloggers can live up to this high standard.

With that in mind, I’m always open to hear new ideas on how a regular old blogger like me can have an even greater impact for good in healthcare IT. Let me know in the comments or on the EMR and HIPAA contact us page any ideas, pain points or other thoughts on helping doctors.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.


  • I spoke with the CIO of 3-bed hospital in Missouri. I would have welcomed a guide based on hospital size and legacy (she didn’t have that to contend with) as I imagine there may be sets of hospitals and clinics that don’t have the budget to be interesting but certainly see the patients.

  • Brent,
    I read somewhere else about people wanting to compile a list of hospitals and their various systems. Not sure if it went anywhere.

    I also talked with a company that is considering targeting the smaller hospital niche. We’ll see what they decide, but as you say there are “sets of hospitals and clinics that don’t have the budget to be interesting but certainly see the patients.”

    I’d love to hear what you think a reasonable EMR budget would be for a 3 bed hospital like the one you mentioned.

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