Evaluating Quality of Care

  How does a physician evaluate their quality of care?  The simple answer consists of one easy answer.  If they are using paper charts they don’t know what quality of care they provide.  An electronic health record will allow a practice to give accurate estimates of the degree of quality they provide.  Evaluating quality of

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Why Electronic Medical Records Are Needed

  My brother is a pulmonary specialist.  My father was a pediatrician.  Although I have some training in medicine, my primary expertise is medical technology.  I’m also a patient and while recently changing doctors I needed my records transferred to my primary care physician.  Thankfully my new doctor had an EMR in place and was

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Maximize Your EMR With Built In Success

The application of  EMR to support the delivery of healthcare has become an essential component of a modern physician practice.  Because of the swift evolution of these technologies, doctors and staff must be able to adhere to different workflow and be well trained and motivated to utilize the capabilities of a new system.  Below are a few tips

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Physician Practice Tune-up

The current economic climate is having a negative effect on physician practices.  Flat or declining reimbursement, more regulatory paperwork, health reform, and IT implementation have but pressure on small practices.  The good news is that there are ways to tighten up your belt and tune-up your practice going forward. Improving the revenue cycle starts with some

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Why Digital Health is the Future of Medicine Starting with EMRs

  I will venture to guess that in the coming years bundled and outcomes-based health payment models will be the standard in medicine.  Currently the fee for service reimbursement model will continue because newer systems are not reimbursable.  With the increased use of EMR (electronic medical record), smartphones, and patient portals it is reasonable to

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How to Achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use: Hot Topics and FAQs

This looks like a good meeting to attend to get ready for attestation on Meaningful Use.  If you are experiencing some difficulties with your reporting, this is a great time to get some help from the experts.   The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is a cooperative agreement partner of

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Components of a Modern Clinical Information System

The difference we see in a modern clinical information system today compared to 20 years ago is due to the advancement of system design knowledge and innovation in information technology (IT).  The quality of these systems is enhanced by connectivity, electronic integration, and knowledge management. Some areas of an ambulatory practice have not changed.  The

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Tick Tock – Meaningful Use Medicare Attestation Process

Now that more than 70,000 providers have registered for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR meaningful use program, its time to clear up some confusion.  You can register long before you are ready to attest for MU.  This way any problems are resolved and your attestation does not get delayed. You do not commit to anything by

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Transformation of Medical Care… The Patient-Centered Medical Home

A Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model of care that incorporates processes such as EMRs (electronic medical record), clinical decision support, e-mail access, and quality measurement.    The general consensus has been that these changes can improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, while reducing overall healthcare costs. While these are lofty goals, the project, still in

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