EMR and Healthcare IT Blogging Community – Let the Sparring Begin

I remember when I first started blogging about EMR and health care IT about 5.5 years ago, I searched out whatever EMR and healthcare IT blogs I could find. The first three blogs that I can remember finding (and loving) were Neil Versel’s blog, Shahid’s Healthcare IT blog and Will Weider’s Candid CIO blog.

I loved reading Neil Versel’s blog because he was actually a professional journalist in the healthcare IT arena. I learned a lot by watching what he did. In fact, I think some of my writing style came from reading his blog. Along with his blog, Shahid provided HITsphere where I could see the posts from other bloggers. Plus, in the early days the traffic from HITsphere to my blog was really great. It’s hard to have a blog that no one reads. I loved the Candid CIO. Partially because the writing was so good and Will is a really smart guy. Partially because I was completely intrigued that the CIO of an organization was blogging. At that time I think I also aspired to be a CIO like Will. Funny how life changes and I prefer to be a blogger now. I’ll leave the stress of CIO to Will. I’m happy to say that all three of these bloggers are still wielding their blogging sword and I still enjoy reading their work.

Needless to say, the EMR and Healthcare IT blogging community has gotten much larger than it was 5.5 years ago when I started. Like many things, with that growth a lot of things have changed. Some for the good and some for the bad. One thing that I miss is all the interaction we use to have as bloggers. Certainly some of that interaction has moved to Twitter and other social media sites. However, I wish we had more interactions with bloggers like we use to do when there were only 5 of us out there.

I personally like to call it blog sparring. Basically, you take someone else’s post and provide the opposing perspective or at least you add to the conversation that they started. I love these types of interactions with other bloggers. Plus, I love the deep dive into a specific topic that happens when you do this type of blogging. As a reader, I think it’s fun to read the various blogger’s perspective on the topic.

So, on that note, I’m going to make the next week, Blog Sparring Week. I’m going to find interesting posts from some of the best EMR and healthcare IT bloggers out there and I’m going to write a post in response or in addition to the comments they made. This way, you’ll get to know some of the other interesting bloggers out there, but you’ll also get the chance to read some interesting in depth commentary.

Hopefully, the bloggers I write about will join in on the fun by either replying to my blog posts or blog sparring with other EMR and healthcare IT bloggers.

If you have posts you think I should consider, let me know in the comments.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of 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.


  • John,

    Great idea, John. Sometimes time constraints prevents 1 from commenting on individual blog posts. But I think that type of interchange is helpful for all.

    Es google voice speech recognition engine

  • Sounds interesting. See if you can find anyone who still thinks e-prescribing is swell for reducing prescription errors over paper.

    Seems that recent research has shown that doctor’s handwriting isn’t so bad after all.

  • I think the news about the failure of e-prescriptions stunned the health IT world.

    Like a dysfunctional family, nobody is talking about the bad news.

  • John… Should be interesting though I think your focus on EMR/EHR space … especially “Meaningful Use Mondays” has provided a focus found nowhere anywhere … not in blog land … not in official-dome. You own the topic in all ways … and anyone who is anyone with a stake in EMR/EHR is either reading your stuff and those who comment … or they are handicapped in whatever capacity they are pretending to be performing.

    You quite simply are “the man”.

  • Don B,
    Let’s not exaggerate, but I appreciate your kind words. We’ll keep covering EMR. No worries there.

  • John,

    Great idea indeed! Along with your blog, I follow along and get my daily tidbits of wisdom via John Chilmark (http://chilmarkresearch.com/), Dr. John Halamka (http://geekdoctor.blogspot.com) and of course, Shahid’s blog. The area I have admittedly been lacking is in the interaction and comments. I will take you up on the call to action!

    Note also, that your blog does pretty darn good as rated by a top inbound marketing firm (score of 93! – a score over 90 is really good): http://www.bloggrader.com/report/grade/www.emrandhipaa.com/

    EmrandEhr doesn’t do too bad as well coming in with a grade of 96!: http://www.bloggrader.com/report/grade/www.emrandehr.com


  • Justin,
    I enjoy the other John’s in healthcare IT as well. Lots of smart John’s in healthcare IT it seems.

    Thanks for pointing out my blogs high grades. It’s pleasant to see. They’ve been a long time labor of love. Now it’s time to get all the rest of the HealthcareScene.com blogs to that point as well.

    Keep up the good work at the Galen blogs too. I really enjoy many posts I’ve seen there.

  • If critical, frank discussions of EMRs are hard to find, there has never been discussion concerning the insurmountable faults of current electronic health records for dentists anywhere – other than on EMRandHIPAA.com.

    I’ll always be grateful for that, John.

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS

  • Good old dental EHR. I actually tried to convince my friend from high school who coincidentally works in the dental EHR arena to blog about dental EHR. The dental EHR company’s social media policy was his biggest concern. It’s too bad, because I think it could be interesting.

  • It wouldn’t be a sparring match. It would be a massacre, and dental IT stakeholders know it.

    That is why nobody will be able to find anyone anywhere who will volunteer to defend EHRs in dentistry, even if they have paperless practices… especially if they have paperless practices. They know the truth.

    The costs and liabilities of EHRs are hardly worth it for Primary Care Physicians – even with generous federal subsidies. Dentists, on the other hand, request very few lab results, write very few prescriptions and typically only have only 3 to 4 thousand active patients.

    As the expense and liability of maintaining PHI continue to increase – and they will – it will be the dentists who never converted to digital who will profit the most.

    Any rebuttals?

  • Nope. Although, I’ll be interested the next time I visit my friend/dentist who is completely digital to get his take.

  • Please share it with me. I’d like to hear it. Otherwise nobody will say a thing about EDRs this summer.

  • John,
    You know of a dental office which is “completely” digital? I seriously doubt it.
    Dental’s challenge like others in the healthcare industry is an inability to truly acknowledge threats and manage risk! Much, much more capital please…

  • Is there any office that’s “completely” digital? No, but there’s some dental offices that do a lot of cool things digitally.

  • I’m not an expert on dental tech. Just an observant patient. Although, one that I saw in action was a digital camera that they stuck in my mouth to take pictures. Then, they used the digital picture to recreate the tooth. Pretty amazing technology.

  • Digital x-rays are wonderful as well. And like the photos, they are perfectly safe until one attaches digital PHI to them.

    Healthcare providers shouldn’t have to be HIPAA compliant to take advantage of technology.

    Surely someone, somewhere can figure out a way to not enter PHI into a dental record. Don’t you think?

  • It won’t be technology that makes risk of data breaches acceptable. It will be common sense processes.

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