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Nicole Laucks

Nicole is a Certified eClinicalWorks EHR Implementation Specialist with 13+ years of experience training medical practices on EHR best practices to optimize workflows for efficiency. Her passion for sharing knowledge, training, and workflow improvement led her to GroupOne where she is currently the EHR Resource Manager.

Email: nlaucks@g1hs.com

Author's Posts

Why Switching Your EHR Might be the Best Decision You Make This Year

by Nicole Laucks on August 9, 2016

The future of physician practices is electronic health records (EHRs). We can’t go back to paper and no one is rationally suggesting we do. But there is agreement that EHRs have not met the expectations set out for them: billions of dollars in savings, hours in administrative time saved, as well as enjoying tighter security and better accuracy.
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Topics: EHR

5 Surefire Ways For Your Practice to Avoid EHR Adoption

by Nicole Laucks on June 16, 2016

If you’re not using an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system yet, you will be soon. Adopting an EHR for your busy medical practice can be a daunting undertaking. You may have heard horror stories about other practices implementing a system. How can you be sure that your EHR adoption isn’t going to go wrong as well?

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Topics: EHR

It's Not You. It's Them. 7 Signs Your EHR is a Terrible Fit

by Nicole Laucks on June 8, 2016

By now, you’re probably using an EHR in your practice. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re happy about it, though. Finding the right EHR for your practice is tough but successfully implementing an EHR can be even more difficult to achieve. EHR dissatisfaction could stem from a number of areas so how do you know if your EHR frustrations are the result of individual users, a poor implementation, or EHR functionality?

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How Patient Engagement is Changing Healthcare

by Nicole Laucks on January 18, 2016

Doctors have long since said that they want patients to be more involved in their healthcare. It only makes sense that the patient who is genuinely engaged in, say, controlling their diabetes is more likely to comply with medical and dietary instructions. 

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Topics: EHR, Patient Engagement

Why an EMR Shouldn't Be "Out of the Box"

by Nicole Laucks on January 7, 2016

In a perfect world, every EMR would be easy to use and simple to implement right out of the box. You wouldn't need to close your practice for a few days or pay for that expensive trainer to visit you. Unfortunately this isn't the case and it's causing a lot of practices to hate their EMR.

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Topics: EHR

Will EHRs and Meaningful Use Take Medical Practices Into the Future?

by Nicole Laucks on December 5, 2015

In 2009, President Obama signed the HITECH Act into law, creating a roadmap  for a nationwide health information infrastructure. The goal was to have every healthcare provider in America using electronic health records (EHRs) in such a way as to improve care quality and efficiency of care delivery. 
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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

5 Surprising Ways Physicians Can Prevent Revenue Loss

by Nicole Laucks on December 3, 2015

Decreasing reimbursement and rising costs aren’t the only factors causing financial problems for medical practices. In most practices, inefficiency can cause significant amount of revenue loss. You might even be surprised at the subtle ways revenue could be leaking from your practice. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management

Is Your Practice Taking Advantage of These EHR Benefits?

by Nicole Laucks on October 28, 2015

EHR stands for electronic health record and is essentially the digital version of a patient's paper chart. An EHR is a real-time record that can be made available instantly and securely to those with authorization. EHRs contain patients' medical and treatment histories and more. They may also include diagnoses, treatment plans, immunization records, allergy information, radiology images, and test results.

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Topics: EHR

Engaging Patients with Access to Their Personal Health Record

by Nicole Laucks on October 20, 2015

Attitudes toward health records have changed among patients and care providers in recent years. Once shrouded in mystery, the personal medical record is becoming more open to patients through online portals that let them review, and in some cases add to the information contained in them. EHR systems have changed the way providers and patients communicate and manage healthcare outcomes.

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Topics: Patient Engagement

4 Ways an EHR Can Improve the Efficiency of Your Practice

by Nicole Laucks on August 19, 2015

Adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) is continuing apace as medical providers cope with a dizzying array of new regulations and demands from third party payers. Some healthcare providers have resisted implementing EHRs for fear of lower productivity, which they believe will lead to a reduced patient load and revenue.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR

5 Signs That You've Outgrown Your Legacy EHR

by Nicole Laucks on June 24, 2015

Electronic health records (EHRs) by themselves are not the solution to a medical practice's efficiency problems. Implemented without planning, or in a haphazard manner, EHRs can increase problems, especially at first. However, there are fewer holdouts who stick with paper records every year. The long term advantages of using an EHR system are becoming more evident as the healthcare industry moves towards changes such as ICD-10, PQRS, and Meaningful Use.

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Topics: EHR

How to Get Patients to Use the Patient Portal

by Nicole Laucks on January 16, 2015

While patient portals are not new, getting patients to use them is a common challenge. Whether your practice has had a patient portal in place for years or months, getting your patients to use it is what matters most. The importance is magnified as Meaningful Use stage 2 requires that 5% of patients must actively use the patient portal. Getting your patients to use the patient portal isn’t impossible. In fact, patients want to use your patient portal. They are demanding access to their health information and want to take charge of their health. It is up to you to teach them how to do it.

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Topics: EHR, Patient Engagement

Most Physician Practices Considering a Different EMR

by Nicole Laucks on September 3, 2014

Have you been wanting to pull the plug on your EHR software? You're not along. According to a new KLAS report, Ambulatory EMR Perception 2014: New Leaders Emerging as Market Shifts, more than 25% of large and small physician practices are considering replacing their electronic health record systems. KLAS interviewed more than 400 small and large physician practices about their EMR software solutions. Researchers found that many physician practices are considering replacing their electronic health records software. In fact 27% were considering replacing their EHR system while 12% wanted to replace their EHR but face financial or organizational barriers.

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Topics: EHR

Time for an EHR Switch: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

by Nicole Laucks on March 4, 2014

Considering switching to a more moder, easy to use,  EHR software? You're not alone. Many practices are switching from an outdated legacy EHR software to a new system that allows for things like device integration, mobile access, smart phone apps, and more. However, not everyone is having an easy time letting go of their out dated software. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself if you're considering switching to a new EHR software.

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5 Tips for Improving Patient Communication with an EHR

by Nicole Laucks on January 24, 2014

While electronic health records software (EHR) may assist physicians in real-time communication with patients during office visits, they can also prove to be a distraction. Using an EHR can cause providers, nurses, and staff to seem disengaged from the patient. Keeping a healthy relationship with your patients is extremely valuable. 

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Topics: EHR, Patient Engagement

New EMR Mobile App: healow

by Nicole Laucks on February 15, 2013

healow_icon.pngAs the business of healthcare IT continues to evolve, helping doctors provide access to their patients' continues to be at the forefront of the industry.  Patients are constantly looking for new ways to manage their health while doctors look for new ways to advance patient engagement.  With eClinicalWorks, providers and patients have the opportunity to fill the gap in improving health outcomes. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, Practice Management

5 Ways EMRs Can Boost Profitability

by Nicole Laucks on November 9, 2012

Since the electronic medical records (EMR) market continues to boom, we thought it'd be helpful to dig into ways that physician practices can use an EMR to boost their profitability. Here are five tips to help you understand how an EMR can contribute to bottom line growth. 

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Topics: EHR, Practice Management

5 EMR Shortcuts: eClinicalWorks EMR Saves You Time

by Nicole Laucks on October 12, 2012

If you could design the perfect EMR and PM software for you practice, what features would it include?

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Topics: eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks P2P - Connect the Docs

by Nicole Laucks on August 4, 2012

Let’s face it - communication and clinical data exchange between providers is an inefficient process. How much time is lost on the phone, calling to gather information or to make a referral appointment? How much time is wasted scanning and faxing patient documents back and forth between providers and specialists? Time is money, correct? There has to be a better way.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Incentive Programs