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Monthly Archives: April 2011

From a press release published April 26, 2011: Five partner organizations today issued an updated 2011 edition of A Clinician’s Guide to Electronic Prescribing. This “how-to” guide helps health care professionals make informed decisions about how and when to transition from paper to e-prescribing systems. First created in 2008, the new edition of the Guide…

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If you have been struggling to determine if your practice will meet Stage 1 MU requirements, this new calculator may be just the tool you need. I just heard from a colleague via email who wrote, “I have been racking my brains to figure a way to verify the attestation before I actually did it…

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Successfully implementing and using an EHR requires a significant amount of coordination with attention to components such as software optimization, templates, workflow analysis, and many more. One challenge that faces practices is the selection and integration of computers so that they become adjunctive to the patient encounter and do not become an obstacle to delivering…

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Today is the day… CMS launched the EHR Incentive Program Registration & Attestation System as announced.

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What do your colleagues think about EHRs? Have you had a positive or negative experience that you would like to share? Every month, we will publish feedback from EHR users who have submitted comments to AmericanEHR Partners. This feedback is not directed at any specific vendor or product. The intention is to highlight key issues…

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The American College of Physicians just completed its 2011 annual scientific session in San Diego (April 7–9). Over the past few years the courses on health IT have grown in attendance — and this year the trend continued. At one early morning panel session led by Thom Kuhn (ACP Senior Systems Architect), and Drs. Peter…

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There are many ways to describe the challenge of change. Some have likened the conversion of paper charts to EHRs as one of the most difficult cultural adjustments for individuals — and their practices. Dr. Richard Baron — in his keynote address for the American College of Physician’s Internal Medicine 2011 meeting on April 7…

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The following email was received as a reminder from ONC and CMS: On behalf of the CMS and ONC, this is a reminder that Monday, April 18 is the official Attestation system go live for the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. Starting Monday April 18, participants in the Medicare EHR Program will find a…

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With significant interest growing regarding the application and benefits of Meaningful Use, HIMSS has released a survey to determine how physicians are responding or planning to respond to the CMS Meaningful Use opportunity. This information will be used to clearly measure the status of the program and will provide important data for organizations such as…

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Farzad Mostashari, MD has been named by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as the new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The appointment takes effect April 8, according to an HHS announcement. Dr Mostashari joined the Office of the National Coordinator in 2009 as the deputy national coordinator for programs and policy. Prior to that, he…

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The eHealth Initiative (eHI) is an independent non-profit affiliated organization whose mission is to drive improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology. On Tuesday, April 19 from 3:00–4:30 pm ET, eHI is offering a free webinar on engaging patients in meaningful use. To realize their health IT investment,…

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