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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bringing Joy Back to Practice – PhysBizTech (Kearns, May 29) report on a paper published in the Annals of Family Medicine entitled, “In Search of Joy in Practice: A Report of 23 High-Functioning Primary Care Practices.” The authors conclude that, “Our observations suggest that a shift from a physician-centric model of work distribution and responsibility…

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In early May 2013, Dr. Steven Stack, Chair, Board of Trustees for the AMA, testified on concerns about the Meaningful Use program and did an excellent job of  presenting important issues regarding usability, coding, documentation, and lack of flexibility in the Meaningful Use program. Some of these issues were also covered in prior AmericanEHR blogs. Over the…

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FDA Certification of Mobile Apps Lacks Clarity – FierceMobileHealthcare (Slabodkin, May 28) reported that the FDA expects to release final regulatory guidance mobile apps. The issue revolves around whether an app meets the definition of a medical device. For companies that produce mobile apps this may result in more costly and complex processes in order to receive…

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One might argue that physicians are primarily information managers — using key pieces of clinical information to guide and support medical decisions. However, it is equally important to be able to exchange information with other care providers. This information exchange capability is critically dependent on the use of standardized processes and terminologies so that it…

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The specialty of Family Medicine recognized early in its development that effective, efficient information management in the ambulatory setting was essential to the success of healthcare delivery in the United States. Family physicians have envisioned and embraced the role of health IT to support the patient centered medical home and its focus on team, coordination,…

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Over the past eight months, I’ve started back in part-time internal medicine practice in Columbia, MD, doing mostly urgent care visits in coverage for other internists and family physicians in a private practice setting. I chose this opportunity because of difficulty finding a routine in Washington, DC (near my office) that could accommodate my erratic…

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At the American Medical Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting, a resolution was passed to review the effect of computers in the exam room on the patient-physician relationship. The AMA has just published a report on the findings and the results are encouraging. The report is based on an analysis of 14 prior studies on the use…

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If you are one of the 34% of physicians who responded to the EHR satisfaction survey (see graph below) in 2012, and stated that you were very dissatisfied with your EHR’s ability to decrease practice workload, you may have considered employing a scribe to assist with documentation in your EHR system. For some, this may…

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Congratulations to Dr Richard Pantera, winner of the iPad Mini from the recent EHR satisfaction survey conducted in conjunction with the American Academy of Neurology. Dr Pantera practices at Association Professional Med in Visalia, CA.

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