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Monthly Archives: May 2011

For those of you who have 23 minutes and want to learn more about Meaningful Use, you can access a well-produced roundtable discussion on Medscape (free subscription required). The speakers include William F. Bria, II, MD; Michael B. Blackman, MD, MBA; and Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA. If you are already very familiar with this topic,…

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The Health Information Technology Policy Committee Meaningful Use Work Group’s objectives include two measures for which I invite comments from the AmericanEHR community. Under the category of “Engage Patients and Families in Their Care” are these draft objectives for Eligible Professionals (EPs): 1. 10% of patients/families view & download their longitudinal health information; information available to…

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Over the years I have spoken with many physicians, practice managers, and change management consultants about the process of EHR implementation. What makes for a successful implementation? How can a practice improve their chances of success? One of the most important requirements for success is to establish realistic personal expectations. Certain system functionality needs to…

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Can EHRs be implemented using a reference guide? Anita Samarth and Dr. Trenor Williams, co-founders of Clinovations, a Washington DC-based healthcare and IT consulting group, are the authors of Electronic Health Records for Dummies. Williams and Samarth methodically walk a potential purchaser and EHR user through the selection, adoption, and use of EHRs. The AmericanEHR…

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We are very pleased to announce the winner of the draw for an iPad in the IDSA AmericanEHR Partners EHR satisfaction survey. The winner is Dr. Angela Myers, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Director, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, University of Missouri-Kansas City. AmericanEHR Partners conducts regular EHR Satisfaction Surveys…

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Almost every physician I have talked to groans when I tell them they will need to use some form of templates if they are going to use their EHR effectively.  I can’t honestly say that I “know” their pain, as I am not a physician, but I have come across some common threads. To many…

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The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC), in cooperation with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), has announced a new education resource. As part of NeHC’s effort to promote education and awareness of health information technology (health IT) and ONC initiatives, NeHC has recently made major changes to its Nationwide Health Information…

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The Oxford Dictionary defines “template” as “something that serves as a model for others to copy.” Templates are very frequently used in medical practice to reduce the work associated with having to collect the same information over and over again. Clinicians have to collect and record clinical encounter information during each patient encounter. Whether one…

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This is the second in a series of positive and negative EHR user experiences. This feedback is not directed at any specific vendor or product. The intention is to highlight key issues and benefits experienced by a wide spectrum of EHR users. Pro Capable IT assistance is critical if using the client-server option. As with…

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An “eHealth Strategies” report published January 2011 by the European Commission revealed progress in certain areas, but challenges in others. The report, authored by Stroetmann et al, acknowledges that a number of countries in Europe have made substantial progress towards implementation of an eHealth infrastructure. But it also identifies many common challenges. Ten recommendations cover…

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Even as physicians and other eligible professionals sign up for the EHR Incentive program, there are questions about whether the 2013 goal for MU Stage 2 is realistic.

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