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Monthly Archives: January 2011

At AmericanEHR Partners, we strive to collect current, comprehensive and accurate data on the ambulatory EHR market. We would like to share some of the site statistics for data collected over the past 9 months. Over 1,500 verified physicians have submitted EHR product satisfaction ratings 550 EHR satisfaction ratings have been submitted since November 2010…

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Just a quick post to highlight a series of four documents sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation that may prove helpful to practices undertaking the transition to electronic health records. The articles address: Chart Abstraction Clinical Documentation Training Strategies Workflow Analysis This post is the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect…

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Chronic Disease Management is sometimes used as a way to neatly package a pool of services for a specific group of patients. This can result in a tunnel vision type approach to treatment that can be effective when automating a set of processes; however, patients with chronic disease tend to be older, often suffer from…

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In a January 24, 2011 study published by Stafford et al in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the authors analyzed physician survey data on 255,402 ambulatory patient visits in ambulatory settings (non-Federal offices and hospitals) using 2005–2007 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data. They concluded that based upon…

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In the spirit of the game Jeopardy, what is the question that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), PCMH-Neighbor (PCMH-N), and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) are trying to answer? From my perspective, these concepts and the attempts to build, test, and improve them are in response to the question: How can we fundamentally change our healthcare…

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is offering a Health IT and Quality Webinar entitled “Tips on Workflow Analysis during an EHR Implementation” and will focus on important workflow analysis topics specific to health centers and rural hospitals. Date: Friday, January 21, 2011 Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST The successful implementation of…

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If you are uncertain about the EHR Incentive Program, Medscape just launched a nice CME-accredited course on the HITECH provisions.  It’s pretty quick to review and complete — and it covers the essential information eligible professionals need to know. Don’t know what an “EP” is? Take the Medscape course. Don’t know if you can get…

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Today, at an event in Washington, DC, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) highlighted the rate of EHR adoption in both ambulatory offices and hospitals. Dr. Blumenthal posted a new video to the ONC website today during which he states that the “tide is turning” and that healthcare providers are…

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The costs of EHR software and hardware are currently front of mind due to the Medicare and Medicaid incentive funding programs that are now available to practices that wish to adopt an EHR. However, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the most valuable parts of a patient record are the clinical…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report from the National Center for Health Statistics. This is part of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) done annually. Since 2008, a supplemental mail-in survey on EHR/EMR adoption has been conducted. Last year (2010), the size of this additional survey was significantly expanded in…

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New EHR rating data is now available on AmericanEHR Partners. Through surveys conducted in December in conjunction with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics (AOAMI), over 400 new product ratings have been added. Additional surveys are being conducted in January 2011 in conjunction with…

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