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Monthly Archives: June 2011

A recent article in Lancet appears to demonstrate the benefit of using simple motivational text messages to improve abstinence rates of tobacco smokers. The punchline: among 5,800 randomized patients, “Biochemically verified continuous abstinence at 6 months was significantly increased in the txt2stop group (10–7% txt2stop vs 4–9% control, relative risk [RR] 2–20, 95% CI 1·80—2·68;…

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An April 25 article in Government Health IT highlighted the importance of usability to the effective adoption and use of EHRs. Author Mary Mosquera states: “With meaningful use, providers will expect more functionality and robust performance from their EHRs. But providers and health IT researchers say there is uneven usefulness, ease of usability and user…

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The topic of this week’s featured article may very paternalistic; however, it is not intended to offend. If medical data is collected by knowledgeable individuals (e.g. with Diabetes Mellitus) and shared via a patient portal or email with a care provider, of course it should be trusted, right? In certain cases yes, but not always….

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In order to meet the requirements for Meaningful Use, eligible providers will be required to share information with a patient as defined by either Core or Optional Measures. For more detail on what is required for patient communication under Meaningful Use, click here. Over the past week, there has been a lot of coverage of…

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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. Jeffrey Kaufhold who practices Nephrology and Internal Medicine in Centreville, Ohio. AmericanEHR Partners conducts regular EHR Satisfaction Surveys in conjunction with professional society partners to assist clinicians with the…

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eHI’s National Forum on Health Information Exchange is taking place July 14th in Washington, DC.  For those of you not familiar with eHI, it counts, “over 200 organizations amongst its members, including: clinicians, consumer and patient groups, employers and healthcare purchasers, health plans, health information technology (HIT) suppliers, hospitals and other providers, laboratories, pharmaceutical and…

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As reported in HealthcareIT News, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently reported survey results that suggest medical groups are going have a hard time getting compliant with HIPAA 5010 electronic transactions requirement.  Here is a summary of the MGMA findings reported by HealthcareIT News: Only 22.3 percent of respondents believed their current software would…

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In 2011, adoption of EHRs seems to be all about Meaningful Use. With the intense focus on meeting Meaningful Use requirements, it is easy to lose sight of the other advantages of EHRs. One of these is the ability to attach diagnostic devices directly to your EHR (via USB or wireless connection) and capture data…

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Users of EMR systems regularly provide feedback through AmericanEHR about challenges they encounter when implementing and using an EHR. As part of our ongoing commitment to share experiences and highlight these challenges, these experiences are published on a regular basis. We welcome discussion and feedback from other users of EHRs. Experiences always relate in part…

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Data about the influence of EHRs on the quality of care provided is not always as encouraging as advocates of health IT would hope to see (see Annals of Internal Medicine: Chaudhry, 2006; Baron, 2007; Gordon, 2009; Friedberg, 2009). The evidence tends to suggest that fully enabled EHR systems implemented in well-organized practices do improve quality of…

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The ICD-10 medical coding compliance deadline is October 1, 2013. In preparation, a number of organizations are assisting practices and hospitals in order to get ready. Materials from the AAPC-CMS ICD-10 Code-a-thon have been posted to the ICD-10 website. The AAPC (an AmericanEHR Content Partner) and CMS held an ICD-10 Code-a-thon April 26, 2011. Materials…

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