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Monthly Archives: December 2012

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a data brief titled “Use and Characteristics of Electronic Health Record Systems Among Office-based Physician Practices: United States, 2001–2012.” The brief reviews EHR adoption rates and the features that practices and individual clinicians are currently using. The study…

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One of the most common complaints we hear from physicians regarding their use of EHRs is inadequate and insufficient training. This is either early in the process during implementation, or later, once the EHR is implemented and clinicians or staff have to learn more advanced features — or have to solve problems that they have…

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By establishing requirements for electronic interaction, the Meaningful Use program is driving the development of EHR features that enable information sharing and communication between physicians and patients. It is still too early to determine whether benefits will be realized in terms of increased efficiency, higher satisfaction, and lowered costs. While it may ultimately be good…

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No — it’s not a town in Russia. But, if you’re interested in Meaningful Use trivia, specifics, measures, value sets, etc., the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) manages the United States Health Information Knowledgebase or USHIK. There is an entire section/portal dedicated to meaningful use information — including links to all of the…

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Do you have a story to tell or experiences using health information technology in your medical practice? Whether positive or negative, what have you learned from the use of your EHR or from other technologies such as mobile phones or web-based tools? Please take a few moments to share. The best way to learn is…

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced an upgrade to the health IT dashboard so that it now includes summary data from the CMS EHR Incentive program (i.e. Meaningful Use Dashboard). The dashboard now includes six (6) categories of data and graphs as noted below. Be advised: depending on your connection…

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Medical practice is never easy. With increasing operating costs, reductions in reimbursement, and the need to implement and maintain an EHR, physicians striving to maintain a traditional solo or small group practice are becoming a dwindling minority. As a result of these pressures, many physicians are choosing to abandon their practices for new business models,…

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One of the challenges that physicians face in their adoption of EHRs is the need to use multiple clinical systems based upon their location(s) of practice. For example, a physician may use one EHR system in their private practice, a different EHR in the hospital(s) in which they consult, and potentially a different version of…

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