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As the transition to electronic health records continues, we’re beginning to see how the use of EHR software can transform the ways that care is provided, as well as the quality of that care. With increased adoption, EHR software is becoming an integral part of the healthcare experience for both providers and patients. In the…

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A favorite criticism of EHRs is that they are glorified billing platforms, rather than clinical tools. Despite being sold to — and subsequently, by — the federal government as being healthcare’s ticket into the modern age, and to leveraging big data, EHRs haven’t so far facilitated the kinds of analytics initially touted as the new…

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The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, or FHIR (pronounced ‘fire’), is a new term in healthcare that’s witnessing growing interest and spreading almost like fire. FHIR is the latest standard to be developed under HL7 and is expected to contribute significantly to improving patient care, countering the barriers to interoperability, boosting information sharing, and unboxing innovation…

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The digital health industry is continuing its growth in record-breaking ways, as funding to the industry pushed past $6.5 billion in the first half of 2017, according to a recent report by StartUp Health. This year’s numbers are already well on their way to overtaking the annual totals of previous years.   As the digital health…

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A startup by the name of Better has announced it will temporarily be putting all of its revenue towards relieving Americans’ medical debt. With national medical costs hitting $3.35 trillion last year, the startup’s pledge appears to be a nice bit of goodwill news for the more than 40% of Americans who are unable to…

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Vince Ciotti and Elise Ames of HIS Professionals LLC have ranked the rankers in a new analysis of the most popular Physician EHR review sites. Their analysis took the five most frequently used Physician EHR review sites for a test drive, and when stacked up against other popular review sites Software Advice, Capterra, EHR Compare,…

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This past week the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a big move to abandon their in-house VistA system in favor of a commercial EHR system. VA’s decision has come after years of push from Congress to move to an EHR system that has much stronger interoperability with the DoD’s current system, MHS GENESIS, which…

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In our tech-driven age, a new business model, known as software as a service (SaaS), has come into vogue. The premise is essentially to replace the cost of acquiring and maintaining hardware, licensing software, or trialing different digital solutions by more or less “renting” access to applications through subscription plans. It isn’t entirely unlike the…

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Whatever we do in the healthcare space, it is eventually meant for the greater good of patients, which is why today the aim of modern healthcare is shifting towards value-based reimbursement and with that the process is getting modified accordingly. Gradually, patient-centric care is becoming prevalent. The current standards require enhanced patient experience, and that…

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We know divorce negatively affects health. Stress correlates with, or even underlies, many of the top health risks Americans face, from depression to heart disease. Divorce is always stressful, so it is no shocker it can carry significant risk for the health of a couple going through proceedings. Conversely, we also know that divorce is…

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When Henry Ford arranged production of his vehicles on an assembly line, he was laying the foundation for industrial robots to take over the bulk of construction and assembly from humans. It doesn’t matter that such advanced robots didn’t exist when the assembly line revolutionized manufacturing; the important thing is that it standardized the functions…

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