Electronic Health Record Growth

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The growth of electronic health record adoption continues strong across the industry, particularly among small healthcare organizations, because of the wide range of benefits and financial incentives provided by the U.S. Government. However, without a plan for implementation in place, businesses can end up wasting money without seeing those benefits.

The infographic below, created for Ohio University’s Online MHA Program, illustrates the benefits of EHRs along with how to reach them according to the HRSA’s recommended steps for implementation.

Electronic Health Record Growth Research

Courtesy of Tim Wayne

Update on Meaningful Use

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CMS released a new proposed ruling regarding the Meaningful Use timeline.  The new time frame would allow all providers to attest for Meaningful Use this year under the original Stage 1 MU criteria.

This is great news for those clinicians who were waiting to attest. Read more on the proposed ruling:

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EHR Nightmare

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Throughout the past two years, I have rotated mainly through one system. To my dismay, it had been one of the worst as far as electronic health records (EHR) are concerned. Most days I observed the workflow, thinking “If they just did this, they would cut the duration of morning rounds in half.” Let us look past the point that I was usually bored out of my mind!
There was just so much wasted time in dealing with documentation and communication. We are in the digital age. It really shouldn’t be this complicated. I cannot imagine how frustrated the residents and attending physicians must have gotten during this nonsense. This part of the job, which is non-medical, has likely been the direct cause of many doctors’ burnout statuses.
Since I have limited exposure to other systems, I am curious to know if this was a well-below average situation or a fairly normal one (feel free to comment below).

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Is HIT Interoperability in the Nature of Healthcare?

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Application Programming Interfaces are up for discussion today, is this the future of interoperability with medical records?  Anyone in the HIT/EHR  business today can pretty much attest to the complexities that have evolved and is there anything or anyone to fault?  Not really it is just the way it happened. Continue reading: Is HIT Interoperability in the Nature of Healthcare?

HITECH Framework At a Glance On How The Structure Is Organized

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Have you ever wanted a simplistic look at the framework of HITECH?  This is it which is from the website of the Health IT Dashboard where you can find all kind of statistical and other information as it relates to the adoption of medical records through the anticipated goals. Continue reading: HITECH Framework At a Glance On How The Structure Is Organized

Electronic Medical Records Are the New Normal

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By now we all know this is true that is this the new normal,but a little reminder doesn’t hurt once in a while to re-address the benefits as well as the processes of implementing one. Continue reading: Electronic Medical Records Are the New Normal

The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

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Today we hear from Dr. Edmund Billings, Chief Medical Officer from Medshpere systems.  In short he is addressing some different points of view regarding the recently released Rand Report.  Medical records have changed many times since the beginning states and what have we evolved to?  It has been stated many times on the web that the progression of medical records has been leaning more toward the insurer or payer side of the coin and the doctor asks some questions in this area and has a couple ideas open for discussion. Continue reading: The RAND Report: Are Healthcare and Health IT in a Dysfunctional Relationship?

Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

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Medscape today carried a quite an depth look at what’s ahead for Meaningful Use part 2 and lays out some of the areas to where confusion and and stumbling blocks stand to occur.  The article begins with speaking with a doctor who is currently using eClinical Works EMR and how he is already using a patient portal. Continue reading: Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

Aprima Medical Software Rescue Plan Working Well With Former Allscripts MyWay EMR Clients

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As we had reported back in November this turned into a legal battle that was finally settled between the 2 companies.  Allscripts offered free upgrades for clients to the new system which is considered an “upgrade” where as Aprima came up with their conversion system to make the transition easier for current users.  As you can read one office only had the MyWay system installed for a couple months when they received the notice.  Continue reading: Aprima Medical Software Rescue Plan Working Well With Former Allscripts MyWay EMR Clients

Adoption of EHR Technologies With 66% Meeting Core Objectives, ONC Report

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Below is one of the charts included in the ONC report giving an update on where the incentives and attesting stands today.  It is broken down into several components but the one listed below gives the story in a short visual version. Continue reading: Adoption of EHR Technologies With 66% Meeting Core Objectives, ONC Report