Physician Best Practices Vital to Realizing EHR Benefits

Physician Best Practices Vital to Realizing EHR Benefits

As physicians become more comfortable with EHRs and see their benefits for patients (including an up-to-date record with full history a mouse-click away to any provider in a health system), they are increasingly interested in best practices related to upcoding and cut and paste. In-depth advice on the former was released earlier this year by The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a collaborative convened by the ECRI Institute, a nonprofit seeking ways to improve patient care. In March, the...

EHR : Easing Patient Security Fears About Electronic Medical Records

EHR : Easing Patient Security Fears About Electronic Medical Records

The times are always changing and that includes the way your doctor delivers care in their office on a daily basis. When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was made into a law, it required that all patient records be stored in a digital format where they can be protected and easily retrieved. But with many doctors using cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) storage systems, patients are getting nervous about the security of their information. Patients need to...

EMR Review: 2018 Top EHR for Practice Management – PracticeSuite

EMR Review: 2018 Top EHR for Practice Management – PracticeSuite

EHR Definition If you’re not familiar with electronic health records, think of them as a number of interconnected software programs working together to meet the entire need of a physician’s medical office. Doctors’ offices, clinics, emergency rooms, and hospitals use them to track patient data, communicate with payers, bill appropriate parties, and send electronic orders and prescriptions. Electronic Health Record systems include electronic medical records, or EMR, which contains a patient’s medical history and records clinical notes. They can also...

Is It Time to Leave Your Old EHR Behind? Take the EMR Replacement Test

Is It Time to Leave Your Old EHR Behind? Take the EMR Replacement Test

In a recent letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association, physicians described the unrealized potential of EHR technology and their colleagues’ general unhappiness with these systems.

“There is building resentment against the shackles of the present EHR; every additional click inflicts a nick on physicians’ morale. Current records miss opportunities to harness available data and predictive analytics to individualize treatment. Meanwhile, sophisticated advances in technology are going untapped,” they wrote.

Is it time to separate your practice from your current software? Many practices are re-evaluating their systems, some of which have been in place long before Meaningful Use. This series will explore the process of making the switch.

If Meaningful Use Is the Question, Cloud EHR Systems Are the Answer

To say that Meaningful Use has been controversial and difficult for medical practices to navigate would be vastly understating the situation. In early November, the American Medical Association (AMA) and 111 medical societies sent a letter to Congress expressing dismay over CMS’s decision to move ahead with Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, given the “widespread failure” of Stage 2. The associations cite the fact that only 12% of physicians have been able to successfully participate in Stage 2, despite more...

What Are the Advantages of Cloud Based EHR?

Your patients’ health is important. Your patients’ privacy is equally important. Medical clients need to know that their medical information is being stored securely. Cloud based storage of electronic health records can help you maintain your data in a place where it is secure yet easy for you and your patients to access. What is Cloud Based EHR? Have you ever shuffled through a patient’s paper documents in an effort to find specific medical information? While paper is tangible, it...

Large EHR Vendors Being Dumped In Favor of Smaller, more Nimble Vendors

Recently, KLAS health care information technology research company, released a report on how physician practices feel about their electronic health records (EHR). The title of the report is Ambulatory EMR Perception 2014: New Leaders Emerging as Market Shifts. For the study, KLAS interviewed more than 400 ambulatory practices of varied sizes. The results may cause sellers of electronic health records some discomfort. According to the survey, 27 percent of respondents were looking into changing their electronic health record system. An additional...

Starting Over With a New EHR? Follow These Five Tips

EHR systems continue to be controversial. Rather than EHR installations, these days industry expert and consultant Mark Anderson finds himself specializing in DE-INSTALLS –thousands of them to be precise. “It seem that almost 80% of practices that bought EHR systems over the last 2-3 years are shopping for new systems for 2015” says Anderson. “Lack of Physician ease-of-use and workflow flexibility are the main culprits”. With the emergence of Meaningful Use and the ‘great rush’ toward electronic health records, most of the market went...

New to EHR Systems? Read This Blog ASAP

When it comes to medical technology, many physicians are adopting a new EHR system or have adopted more than one EHR system over the last decade. By understanding the basics of how an EHR system works, it is easier to determine if it is appropriate for your medical practice and how it can be applied to support your practice growth. Using it for Support EHR systems are often used to support other technological tools and systems in your practice. An...

Medical Billing Software News: Despite Obstacles, EHR Use Grows

The implementation of electronic health records, or EHR systems has faced many obstacles, and EHRs are far from universal in healthcare settings. This is despite provisions in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. Physicians and other providers may be slow to embrace new technologies, there may be challenges with being able to use the new systems, and the initial investments of time and money can seem prohibitive....