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Monthly Archives: July 2012

As of June 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reports more than 100,000 healthcare providers have been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. (http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html?redirect=/EHRIncentivePrograms) Now, CMS has begun its first wave of required retrospective audits for those providers that have received payment under the “Meaningful Use” EHR incentive program;…

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One of the advantages of using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is its ability to simplify research activities to the point that even small medical practices can do their own research, either to support quality improvement activities within their practice or purely for research purposes. Determining what type of research you are interested in and…

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As clinicians become more dependent on their EHR systems and more sophisticated in their use of advanced functionalities, a capability that provides significant value is order entry. However, training, systems design, workflow integration, and usability all impact the ability to use these advanced features effectively. The following comments were submitted by clinicians who have completed…

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Ask any clinician who is using an EHR how well they think they are using their system and you are likely to find that many believe they are effective users of their EHRs. However, this number is likely to be overstated. In an upcoming Podcast, I will be discussing this topic with Dr. Shawn Griffin…

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While in active clinical practice, a typical day of seeing patients ended with completing dictations and reviewing test results. Result reports piled up quickly, and the first problem I had in dealing with them was coming up with a way to prioritize them for action. Eventually, I settled on using a spreadsheet to keep track of things. This…

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Feeling overwhelmed by information? In a highly technology-dependent world, information is the currency of our time. Before we had electronic mechanisms to share and communicate information, physicians were feeling overloaded in their practices. The continuous influx of paper reports, results, requests, and unsolicited publications — in addition to personal reading material — was overwhelming before…

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I was recently talking with a colleague who is chief medical officer for a large integrated health system. His team has extensive experience implementing EHRs in small practices affiliated with the health system. He told me that when you implement one EHR in a small practice, you have implemented one EHR! The next practice has…

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