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Top EHR Vendors Adopt Metrics To Gauge Interoperability Progress

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 21, 2015

A dozen electronic health record vendors have agreed to adopt a set of metrics and engage in ongoing reporting to help gauge the U.S. health care system's progress toward achieving interoperability, Modern Healthcare reports (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 10/19). 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Interoperability

Banner Health Selects eClinicalWorks Cloud-Based Care Coordination Technology

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 7, 2015

The project outfits a percentage of BHN’s community providers with a Cloud-based EHR solution that will streamline processes between practices.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Care Coordination Medical Record, EHR Training

eClinicalWorks P2POpen Network Exchanges 1.5 Million Medical Referrals

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 30, 2015

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--eClinicalWorks®, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, today announces its free, electronic health record (EHR) vendor-neutral network, P2POpen, has exchanged one and a half million referrals between medical providers utilizing a variety of systems. Total communications to date is two million referrals, consults and messages for this network that ensures healthcare providers can connect with each other for patient care regardless of what EHR system is in use or if the practice is using paper records. The company has taken an additional step by receiving full accreditation as a health information service provider, or HISP, from EHNAC-DirectTrust for eClinicalWorks’ eClinicalDirect.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks Named a Leader in Health Information Exchange Report

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 17, 2015

In a recent report by IDC Health Insights, and after careful evaluation for its eClinicalWorks Health Information eXchange (eEHX) solution, eClinicalWorks® placed in the Leader Category. This report, titled IDC MarketScape: U.S. Health Information Exchange Packaged Solution 2015 Vendor Assessment (Document #HI256010, July 2015), focuses on the health information exchange (HIE) vendor landscape.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks

How to Tell If Your EHR System is User-Friendly

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 13, 2015

The days of paper medical records being an adequate solution for healthcare providers are over. Not only do national healthcare initiatives and payers like Medicare drive demand for electronic health records (EHRs), they simply make sense considering the level of recordkeeping required today.

Some doctors have resisted EHRs, and not without cause. There are EHR systems that are cumbersome, buggy, and that don't enhance practice efficiency. If you have implemented an EHR solution and are less than thrilled with it, don't assume that all EHRs are useless. In fact,
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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR

Massachusetts’ Grove Medical Associates Wins 2015 HIMSS Davies Award

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 12, 2015

eClinicalWorks®, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, is pleased to congratulate Massachusetts’ Grove Medical Associates (GMA) on being awarded a Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Ambulatory Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations that have used health IT, specifically electronic health record (EHR)-enabled improvement, to notably improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. This is the 13th eClinicalWorks’ customer to receive a HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence in the past eight years.

Located in Worcester County, Mass., GMA focuses on internal medicine and is affiliated with the Central Massachusetts Independent Physicians Association (CMIPA). GMA has four Board Certified Internal Medicine physicians, a Physician’s Assistant, a Nurse Practitioner, a Certified Nutritionist, registered nurses and medical assistants for more than 6,500 patients. In 2005, Grove Medical Associates implemented eClinicalWorks as a unified practice management and EHR solution to help improve the quality of patient care, streamline workflow and generate a return on investment (ROI), resulting in a 315% ROI.

“Grove Medical Associates focuses on a team approach to providing comprehensive health care in a high-quality and cost-effective manner,” said Dr. John E. Kelly, primary care physician at Grove Medical Associates, P.C. “We have seen a significant return on investment since implementing electronic health records, both financially and in regard to patient care. Now that we have our EHR system, we are seeing more patients a day, maximizing insurance incentives and adding health services. We have also seen significant care quality improvements and increased patient satisfaction.”

As stated in information on the HIMSS site, GMA’s use of technology along with a commitment by the practice has led to clear returns on this initiative. Since implementing the EHR system, charts are easily accessible with complete and accurate information, more patients are seen daily, additional health services are offered and preventative measures are easily tracked. Also, 81% of its patients have signed up for the eClinicalWorks Patient Portal, making it easy for the practice to communicate all normal lab results, imaging results and scheduled outside appointments. Appointment reminders are sent electronically and preventative measure campaigns, such as flu shot clinics, are established, reaching only the appropriate patients. This work culminated in GMA receiving a communications score of 97.4 in the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners 2013 Patient Experience Survey Report.

“Grove Medical Associates has been an early proponent of aligning technology and people to improve the care delivered to its patients,” said Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “The great success this practice has achieved after the eClinicalWorks EHR implementation, along with its commitment to providing a secure communication channel between the practice and patient, demonstrates the real clinical and practical value that can be derived from utilizing the right solutions for a practice. As demonstrated here, healthcare technology can work together with medical providers to deliver the best possible care. We are proud to be a partner of Grove Medical Associates and congratulate the practice on receiving this award.”

Grove Medical Associates will be recognized at the 2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 29-March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, according to HIMSS officials. For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS Davies Award website.

About eClinicalWorks
eClinicalWorks® (eclinicalworks.com) is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With physicians across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Thirteen eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past eight years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is second largest in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks and Epic Live with Interoperability between Systems Using Carequality Framework

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 14, 2015

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--eClinicalWorks® and Epic, two of the most widely used electronic health record systems (EHR) in the U.S., today jointly announce interoperability between the companies’ EHR systems using the Carequality framework. This real-time data transfer between the systems facilitates coordination of care between providers in various care settings and ensures they have more complete and accurate patient information at the time of care. Together, the two companies’ patient record exchange networks represent over 1,000 hospitals and 40,000 clinics that are ready to connect.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Interoperability, Epic EHR

100 Hours of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Attestation: A Success Story

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 15, 2014

Stasia Kahn, a physician in the Chicago suburbs, spent 100 hours attesting to meaningful use stage 2 requirements. Many were easy. Some were hard. She feels it was worth the work she invested in it.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Incentive Programs

EHR’s Role in Population Health Management: Q & A with eClinicalWorks CEO Girish Navani

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 29, 2014

Accordingly to a recent survey of 18,575 physicians across 25 specialties, 40% of physicians do not use an EHR because EHRs interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. Patient engagement has been a difficult concept for most EHR vendors and developers to grasp leaving providers frustrated with their EHRs meeting the Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, ACO, Care Coordination Medical Record

How is accountable care changing provider collaboration?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 30, 2014

Compared to other accountable care organizations (ACOs), Amarillo Legacy Medical ACO in the Texas Panhandle is relatively unique. The participant in the Medicare Shared Savings Program comprises a handful of independent medical groups and not one hospital partner. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, ACO, Care Coordination Medical Record

eClinicalWorks Maintains Top Spot Across the Board

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 22, 2014

As the EHR industry continues to expand rapidly, eClinicalWorks maintains a top spot across a number of studies.  View the slideshare below to learn more about how eClinicalWorks ranks among the competition today.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Incentive Programs

Most Popular EHR Systems | Infographic

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 11, 2013

The following Capterra infographic illustrates the top 20 most popular EMR software solutions in 2013 as measured by a combination of their total number of customers, users, and social presence.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Practice Management

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

Tip To Boost Medical Practice Revenue | Patient Education

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 13, 2012

Increase Your Medical Practice's Revenue - Educate Your Patients on Free Preventative Care

The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010 has made preventative care services free for 47 million women.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released this information back in July of 2012 detailing eight new prevention-related services that must be covered by health plans allowing women to take control of their health.  Insurance companies did not cover these services before under their health plans which made women responsible for the co-pays and deductibles for the care they need to stay healthy.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, Practice Management, Affordable Care Act

7 Reasons to Purchase EHR by end of 2012

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 18, 2012

  1. Expiring Favorable Tax Law – Tax Savings
  2. Patients Prefer Patient Portals and EHRs
  3. Free iPad 3 promotion thru 12/31/2012
  4. Deferred financing on license fees by 12/31/2012
  5. $39,000 - $63,750 stimulus payment
  6. No down payment required with GroupOne
  7. Become a Modern and Paper Free Practice in 2012 – New Year’s Resolution

1. Expiring Favorable Tax Laws – Tax Savings

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, EHR, Incentive Programs

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

EMR Roundtable: HIStalk Practice Panel Highlights

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 12, 2012

The HIStalk Practice Advisory Panel is a group of physicians, ambulatory care professionals, and a few vendor executives who have volunteered to provide their thoughts on topical issues relevant to physician practices. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Patient Portal, EHR, Practice Management

Save the Date: Certified EHR Technology Call on June 27

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 19, 2012

Register for CMS and ONC's Joint National Provider Call on Using Certified EHR Technology to Meet Meaningful Use

CMS and ONC are holding a joint National Provider Call on Wednesday, June 27, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET for eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals to hear an overview of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and learn about the use of certified EHR technology to meet meaningful use. 

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS

eClinicalWorks Ranked Best In Class EHR System

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 7, 2012

IDC Ranks eClinicalWorks EHR Highest in Industry Analysis

In two reports, one released in May 2012 and the other in November 2011 by IDC Health Insights, eClinicalWorks earned high scores for its EHR, placing the company as the only one in the Leader Quadrant for small, midsize, and large medical practices. The reports, titled IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Midsize and Large Practices 2011 Vendor Assessment (20+ providers) and IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Small Practices 2012 Vendor Assessment (20 or less providers), focus on electronic health and medical records for the ambulatory market. Combined, they target small, midsize and large practices, showing the success eClinicalWorks has had in these markets. Download the report for the small practices as well as the one for the midsize & large practices.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management