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5 Reasons You'll Replace Your EHR in 2016

by Keith Lage on January 20, 2016

The 2015 Jackson Healthcare report on Physician Trends found that 85% of physicians have adopted electronic health records (EHR) systems. Furthermore, 61% of physicians said their overhead costs for their EHR have increased because of requirements under the ACA. At the same time, physician satisfaction with EHR systems has been declining - significantly in some cases. With the average physician seeing 22 patients per day, an EHR can make or break a practice's efficiency.

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Topics: EHR

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

Preparing Your Staff for a Successful EHR Implementation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 17, 2015

Medical staff are sometimes resistant to begin using EHRs, especially when changing from a paper system for the first time, due to a belief that the switch will waste time and interrupt their workflow. And when medical staff aren’t properly trained in the use of EHR software, this can actually be the case.

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Topics: EHR, EHR Training

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

Protect Your Practice: Advice on Preventing a Data Breach

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 2, 2015

Data breaches are on the rise and healthcare is not immune, says Michelle Caswell, JD, Senior Director of Legal and Compliance for Clearwater Compliance LLCHealthcare organizations hear about the vulnerability of protected health information, but don't do much more than hope that they won't be the next target.

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Topics: EHR, Practice Management, HIPAA

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

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

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

Finding the Right EMR for Pediatrics

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 21, 2015

An increasing proportion of physician practices, hospitals, and other healthcare businesses have adopted electronic health records (EHRs) to store the health information of their patients and improve efficiency. While some practices still make use of paper, pen, and clipboard, that method of keeping track of patients' health is going away due to the benefits that come with an electronic health records software.

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Topics: EHR

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

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

5 Critical Questions to Ask Every Patient

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 13, 2015

When your medical practice has a new patient, starting off on the right foot can make a positive difference over the short and long term. Information you collect at the beginning of the patient relationship helps both parties avoid surprises and ensure that medical billing is accurate.

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Topics: EHR, Patient Engagement

How Office Managers Can Support Their Physicians

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 27, 2015

For a medical practice to succeed in providing the care patients need and staying financially solvent, physicians and office staff must work together in a sometimes carefully choreographed team effort. The reality of operating a medical facility today includes electronic medical records (EMRs) for most.

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Topics: EHR

[Infographic] How Providers are Using EHRs & Health IT to Improve Care

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 30, 2015

While some practices have denied use of an EHR, others are embracing electronic  health records software to improve patient care, revenue, communication, and participate in various government incentive programs. HealthIT.gov recently released an infographic on how providers are using EHRs and Health IT to improve patient care. In fact, 8 in 10 physicians reported that EHR use has enhanced overall patient care.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

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