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

National Football League (NFL) Selects eClinicalWorks EHR Medical Records For Digital Records for Players

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Head trauma in the NFL has been a topic of conversation of late with players and in addition to safety with playing the game, and now it can be tracked with the use of electronic medical records.  Over the last few years the news has been full of stories from players from years past with concussions and other ailments that were attributed to the years they spent as a player with the NFL.  Continue reading: National Football League (NFL) Selects eClinicalWorks EHR Medical Records For Digital Records for Players

Greenway Medical Technologies Interoperability Expands to Exchange Information With Cerner and Epic Beyond CCR

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Information Week reports on Greenway Medical this week and their expansion efforts as an ambulatory EMR to connect with both Epic and Cerner Medical Records which are used in hospitals.  Greenway is also on the move with their recent agreement with Walgreens with being the in house ambulatory medical records program used in their Take Care Clinics across the US with 200 installations and a total of 8000 when completely rolled out. Continue reading: Greenway Medical Technologies Interoperability Expands to Exchange Information With Cerner and Epic Beyond CCR

eClinicalWorks Launches Outsourced Revenue Cycle Management Service Integrated with EMR

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The cost for the service is 2.9 percent of monthly collected revenue and that is obtained through using portals and other offerings in the EHR package.  Below is a screenshot from the website and you can see that when enrolled in the Revenue Cycle Management program with 2.9% of the practice collections being the cost, the EMR comes free. Continue reading: eClinicalWorks Launches Outsourced Revenue Cycle Management Service Integrated with EMR

In the News: An Overview of Ingenix CareTracker EMR

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Ingenix is back in the news with recent CCHIT certification under ONC-ATCB meaningful use guidelines.  As more companies are certified and the EMR/ EHR market begins to settle; larger players like Ingenix stand with an advantage.  Over the next several months, we will be blogging about specific characteristics that make the most- recent versions of each record system competitive.  With this in mind, we thought we would take a more in-depth look at what Ingenix’s EMR software, CareTracker, offers its subscribers. Continue reading: In the News: An Overview of Ingenix CareTracker EMR

PHRs and Advance Care Planning

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Do you know what April 16th is? It is the day after Uncle Sam collects his money, but more importantly, it is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The formal designation of National Healthcare Decisions Day is the result of a major effort from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and other national, state and community organizations to communicate the importance of advance healthcare planning.

NHPCO is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their advance care wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and complete written advance directives. Advance directives allow you to document your end-of-life wishes in the event that you are terminally ill or critically injured and unable to talk or communicate.

The NHPCO has developed state-specific advance directive forms and information on advance care planning through the Caring Connections program. Additionally, Caring Connections and Google Health™ partnered last year to increase the availability and accessibility of advance care planning information and resources online through the Google Health PHR.

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The Power of the Personal Health Record in Caregiving

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The Personal Health Record (PHR) boom is reinforcing the idea of consumer-directed healthcare. Many assume that PHRs will be used for individuals to track their own healthcare, but PHRs also have the power to assist caregivers in managing the sometimes complex healthcare of a special needs child or an aging parent, for example. This particular benefit of PHRs may be especially important; as the aging population in the United States grows, there will likely be more caregivers involved in managing a loved one’s healthcare.

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National Health Information Exchange Making Progress

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The ARRA is helping the Social Security Administration (SSA) expand its efforts to advance the National Health Information Network. After a successful year testing the National Health Information Network with MedVirginia- a regional health information organization serving Virginia- and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the SSA is embarking on a 24 million dollar project to incorporate the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the Dept. of Justice into its expanded health network. This interoperability would allow the SSA to more quickly process disability applications submitted by veterans.

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New Branches on the Family Tree: Website to Track Generations of Family Medical Information Sprouts

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The traditional family tree represents branches of names from generations past. With Health IT, this image may sprout into something more complex to include family medical information. All too often, valuable family health information is not known and lost as part of a comprehensive health record. However, this information is vital as we advance in unlocking the human genome and identifying genetic markers as key predictors of disease. Realization of this problem has sparked the development of a new website, Health Heritage®, which will soon help people track generations of family health data.

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