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.

How Interoperable Does Your Medical Practice Need to Be?

The most recent statistics about physician interoperability are fairly encouraging. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in 2013, 48% of physicians had at least a basic EHR, 26% more than when HITECH went into effect in 2009. Just under 70% of physicians can view lab results electronically, and 42% can offer patients a way to view online, download, or transmit information from their medical record. E-prescribing is, not surprisingly, on the rise, with 57%...

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...

One Medical Group to Expand with Fresh $40 Million Funding

A newly acquired round of funding totaling approximately $40 million will aid One Medical Group in the expansion of their chain of high-end doctor’s offices. Patients of a One Medical Group doctor office pay an annual service fee of $200 that rewards them with quick access to doctors as well as many other perks and features. In addition to scheduling their own same-day doctor appointments online, patients can also get laboratory results back more quickly with on-site testing and keep...

Meaningful Tips on Meaningful Use – EHR Audits Become Routine

By the end of 2013, CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) had provided nearly $20 billion in meaningful use incentive payments to physician offices. However, as the CMS approaches its budget limit of $27 billion, evidence that it is implementing a greater number of audits is mounting. Doctors and health administrators should assume that the chance of being audited is going to be higher than normal in 2014. Consequently, they should begin preparing for a potential audit as...

Don’t Let Bad EMR Advice Cost You A Key Medical Billing Client

As technology improves and healthcare reform rolls along, many physicians and practice managers are asking their medical billing companies for advice on electronic record systems. Some practices are moving from paper to digital; others are unhappy with their current system and want to upgrade. Most know that they want their patient records to work well with other systems, such as billing. And some medical billing companies are starting to offer clients a free electronic record system in exchange for their...