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Dell is in the EMR Software business…

Dell has Electronic Medical Records?

It's not surprising to see large corporations getting involved with Electronic Medical Records. Since the announcement of federal stimulus funding, large corporations who want to add to their riches seek ways they can put that guaranteed money in their pockets.

I can't help but to ask myself, is this really the best way for stimulus money to flow? What was the purpose of the stimulus funding again?

Will large corporations like Dell improve the economy by consuming as much stimulus money as possible? Will their marketing engines actually destroy small companies who have been in the business for years and years?

Does Dell still have award winning support right out of India?

There is no question, the EMR Software community seems to have a rocky road ahead: figuring out exact standards, who defines those standards, and what the stimulus requirements are exactly.

Dell offers EMR Software solutions which is supposed to provide a simpler way forward, and this might be true with a company such as Dell. If they are committed to actually providing decent software and the support to go along with it, then perhaps Dell is a good choice in this confusing marketplace.

However, if large corporations just get a sense of "stimulus funds" and want a piece of the pie, then it's possible in a few years they will lose interest in it and cut back on the support that's truly needed. What, this isn't a possibility?

I feel that as your company searches for an EMR Software solution, you should consider what the future might be when the stimulus cash windfall is over.

Which EMR Software Vendors are Stimulus Ready?

EMR Software Solutions

There seems to be a lot of movement in the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) marketplace since the wind of government stimulus was released. It seems new vendors are popping up out of the woodwork and competition has increased ten fold.

However, confusion still remains. Which EMR software solution is best for your business and which software vendor will meet the stimulus requirements?

First of all, not all EMR Software packages are equal. Although one EMR Software package might be good for a Long Term Health Care Facility, it might not be the best solution if you are a dentist.

This means, careful consideration is required when selecting a vendor.

EMR Software is a Big Decision

Set aside the government stimulus for a moment and realize the decision to switch to electronic medical software is an expensive and important transition. Selecting the wrong software or company can become an extremely costly mistake.

Since the government has issued a stimulus package for electronic medical records, the increase in EMR software vendors has risen. They are trying to follow the money and get their products to fit the stimulus requirements. How does this effect the marketplace? How does this effect you and your business?

The stimulus incentives have opened doors for for companies who might not have had anything to do with electronic medical records. Dell and WalMart for example are two companies who caught wind of the stimulus money and are making an effort to get their fair share of that funding.

This of course will cause some serious hurt to the small businesses who produce EMR software (RH Positive) or for those small companies that provide Value Added Reseller (VAR) support. When the already billion dollar companies decide to get involved, it might not always be for the best, but it will shake the industry a little and perhaps some solid standards will result.

It's still a little too early to tell exactly who will produce the correct software in standards and meet the federal stimulus funding requirements. However, there are a number of companies that are promising and even guaranteeing it.

Guaranteed Stimulus Funding for EMR Software?

Click here to follow the current list of companies who are guaranteeing their software will met federal stimulus requirements.

WordPress editor adds unwanted HTML (p br)

In an effort to better perfect the WordPress engine, the developers may have gone a step too far in the wrong direction. WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS), even if it is a blog, and yet, in an effort to protect you from yourself, WordPress modifies your content for you.

It’s annoying, especially for those who know what’s going on. For those who really know what’s going on, they have to take time to combat such behavior  by writing a plugin.

One problem?

When you add an image to your content, you would do so by adding the following line:

<img src="image.jpg" alt="" />

However, WordPress doesn’t think that’s exactly what you want to do. They feel a correction is necessary, and so they modify your code as such:

<img src="blah.jpg" alt="" /><br />


It’s ridiculous, because this alone will prevent you from placing two images horizontal to each other, due to the BR insertion. Perhaps it’s a stroke of genius and I’m not swift enough to understand it. Of course, I realize some people actually need protection from themselves. You know, they might install a malicious plugin. Yet, is modifying content code the correct solution?

W3C you say? That’s fine, but leave the content to content creators and the engine to developers.

As of today, there is no simple solution to overcome this. Instead, a new plugin has been born created to override the WordPress “bugs.”  It’s called RAW HTML and gives you an inline option to avoid the WordPress fault.

If WordPress wants to keep and master this behavior, how about giving us an option, especially if we use the HTML editor and not the Visual editor?

Writing SEO Titles & Descriptions

Writing good SEO Titles, Descriptions, and content for your pages isn’t as simple as you might think. Yet, it’s not as difficult as you might expect either, as most of the techniques are common sense and are really geared at keeping you focused on delivering good content.

Create titles that fit Google search results. In other words, Google easily fits 65 characters into their search result title. So, you have 65 characters to focus your title on the keyword in mind, writing a clear message to the person searching those keywords. Draw their attention. Make your title more for them.

The description can be controlled by using the meta name=”description” tag in your HTML header. Google’s search result description easily holds 150 characters of text. This means you have 150 characters to deliver a person centered message to the user searching your keywords. That’s marketing potential that shouldn’t be wasted after obtaining your rank.

What To Know About SEO & Google

Improving the quality of your searches is Google’s business!

Google strives to stay on top of things. They are always making improvements to their services and they have highly intelligent teams of geeks, just dreaming up the next revolutionary improvement.

This means SEO never remains static.

The rules are forever changing: Google is growing and the way they mine their data, process queries, and display the results is all part of the Google evolution. Therefore, SEO is not something you learn once and apply. On the contrary, SEO is something you live and breathe.

The SEO tactics you were using six months ago may not be as useful today.

So, what can you do?

Your only answer is to stay on top of things. Stay fluent in the language, learn as much as you can from Google and those currently fighting for the organic SERPs for SEO related keywords.

Try to consume SEO on a daily basis and apply what you learn as you go along.

Four basic SEO tactics you can do to run a clean and search engine-friendly website:

  • Use Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. This is vital to understanding your website and provides critical information to help you keep an error free site. Get your site “site verified.” Install a sitemap.xml file for your tools and begin monitoring your pages’ keywords and performance.
  • Have XHTML/CSS Valid Designs and create keyword centered content. Having compliant HTML behind your pages is important, if not critical, to the success of your site. Additionally, there are certain HTML tags that help make your content search engine-friendly, so write content which takes advantage of these basic elements and focus your content around the desired keywords.
  • Consume YouTube Video and Matt Cutts SEO Blog. Matt Cutts is a Google employee who runs a blog about SEO and has produced a number of Google videos for webmasters.
  • Utilize Professional SEO Training and Professional SEO Tools. SEO is always evolving which forces those who know it, to remain current in it. Applying SEO techniques does give webmasters an advantage over those who do not. The sharper your SEO skills, the better the advantage.

The thing to know about SEO & Google?

They’re always changing.

Maria Austin