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...

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....

Docs As Tech Geeks [EHR Use On The Rise]

According to a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of doctors who are using EHR in their private offices is increasing every year. In 2007, only slightly more than one-third of private practice physicians reported using EHR. In 2012, the number of private practice physicians using EHR increased to 78 percent. But what if you’re in the percent that can’t explain what makes a smartphone smart? Or the difference between EMR and EHR? The...

Everything You Need to Know about EHR Cloud Vendor Contracts

Even though many providers are switching over to cloud-based EHR systems, there are still a number of risks and problems with cloud vendors and their contracts. All of these vendors are not created equally, and that can put medical professionals at risk from information and financial standpoints, which can also affect patient care. Before any medical provider chooses a cloud-based vendor for EHR, he or she should carefully consider not only the value but the safety and security of the...

Docs: EHRs Make Us Frown

Universal implementation of electronic health records does not mean they are viewed favorably by those who use them, particularly physicians. According to RAND health reports, doctors’ perspectives of EHRs remain mixed even though they have been widely adopted. Although the overall concept of is viewed as good, EHRs have “significantly worsened” many physicians’ satisfaction with the professional operation of their practice, according to the study. The RAND report focuses on finding emerging factors that fulfill the needs of physicians working...

Doctors Continue to Air Concerns on EHR Functionality and Cost

Complicating an already chaotic health care system further uprooted by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is an act of what some doctors feel is bribery by the government to digitize patient documentation. After spending over $25 billion to “assist” physicians in updating their electronic health records, nearly three-quarters of doctors surveyed by Medical Economics and the MPI Group have said these new systems are simply not worth it. In addition to exorbitant costs, poor functionality and inferior design qualities, digitized...

EHR Documentation – Don’t Forget The Patient

Alongside the drive for efficient file sharing and comprehensive health records to support patient care, there is growing concern that the most critical element in the care equation – the patient – may be at greater risk as most providers shift toward EHRs. Evidence is mounting that physicians distracted by digital tasks like entering data during a consultation, divert critical focus away from observations of body language, subtle tonal changes and environmental signals necessary to accurately assess health status and...