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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Is there an optimum period of EHR use needed before clinicians qualitatively perceive they are able to use their EHRs  to improve patient care? This was a question that arose from early analysis of the AmericanEHR User satisfaction data collected from 2010 to 2012 and presented at the HIMSS13 conference in New Orleans. If this…

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A February 2013 article published in Healthcare IT News, “EHR Users Unhappy — Many Switching,” suggested that up to 17% of EHR users are considering switching their EHRs by end of 2013. AmericanEHR Partners has also been collecting data on the intention of EHR users to change their EHR systems; however, the percentages are lower…

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website continues to grow with new resources. The latest is an everything-you-need-to-know guide to Stage 2 Meaningful Use set to start in 2014 for those eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the Medicare program that reported for Stage 1 in 2011–2012. EPs/EHs that attested to Stage 1 in 2013 (under…

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It has been recently reported that about seven million people could be drastically affected by primary care physician shortages after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act expands insurance coverage next year, according to a new study in Health Affairs. The study also reports that the expansion of insurance coverage will raise demand for primary…

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This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) launched a new website that aims to aggregate links and information about our “favorite” initiatives: EHR and eRX Incentive Programs, PQRS, ICD-10, administrative simplification, etc. A CMS eHealth Roadmap describes how the programs will help achieve the Triple Aim, aka Three-Part Aim (improved quality of care,…

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Mobile technology is growing at a rapid pace. Mobile computing is already one of the fastest-growing consumer technologies in history, and smartphones, tablets, and apps are quickly becoming the new face of computing for business and pleasure. AmericanEHR recently conducted a survey to better understand health practitioners’ usage of mobile technology. The survey helps address…

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Based upon AmericanEHR data collected from 2010 to 2012, user satisfaction levels with EHRs are dropping in multiple areas. These findings were presented at HIMSS13 on March 5, 2013. Highlights from the presentation: Surveys were conducted in conjunction with 10 different professional societies between March 2010 and December 2012. AmericanEHR Partners worked with each society…

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The annual HIMSS conference is now in full swing in New Orleans and although the official numbers are yet to be released, it is estimated that over 35,000 attendees are packed into the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to share experiences, learn from colleagues, and determine priorities for the year ahead. Some of the highlights…

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