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Over the past week, AmericanEHR has received hundreds of EHR ratings and comments from physicians across the US as part of a survey that we are conducting with the American Medical Association. Having both used an EHR for many years as well as going through a recent implementation in an Addiction Medicine practice, I have…

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Since 2009, there has been a significant national effort to encourage the adoption and use of EHRs. A significant number of medical practitioners are now using EHRs which have had financial impacts on practices as well as effects on productivity, clinician satisfaction and patient outcomes. In response to the need for credible information organized and…

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Last month, ONC released a series of guides to help promote safe EHR practices. Nine guides, collectively referred to as, “Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience” or SAFER Guides cover several important topics. The introductory video explains the rationale behind developing the guides. The SAFER Guides are self-assessment tools to help guide your practice to…

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We’re getting close to the January 1, 2014 Stage 2 MU start – and so far, not a word from CMS or ONC about any changes to MU 2 despite major concerns expressed by several organizations (see post from October 11th). There are several major issues with the Medicare EHR Incentive Program: With less than…

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Instead of a blog, Written one word at a time, I offer these MU observations, Written in rhyme. While I tried to be thorough, There’s much more I could say. For now this is it… Until another day. On the March Towards MU Stage 2 The day we have dreaded, Is where we are headed….

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This article, written by ACP President Molly Cooke, was originally published in the ACP Internist and is reprinted here with permission of the editor. From the July/August ACP Internist, copyright © 2013 by the American College of Physicians By Molly Cooke, MD, FACP I have been using my facility’s current electronic health record (EHR) for…

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As required under the HITECH Act, the Department of Health & Human Services — via the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) — has filed its annual report to Congress on the adoption of health information technology. Among the highlights, ONC told lawmakers that by the end of 2012, nearly three-quarters of office-based physicians (72…

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A study reported in Medicare and Medicaid Research & Review and written by Julia Adler-Milstein, Claudia Salzberg, Calvin Franz, E. John Orav, and David Westfall Bates, examined the impact of ambulatory EHRs on the cost of care for patients (as assessed by Medicaid claims) in three communities involved in the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative pilot communities….

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To be honest, the first time I heard that the EHR Association (EHRA) and its member companies were developing a code of conduct, I couldn’t help but think about the Pirate’s Code from Pirates of the Caribbean. However, during a meeting at HIMSS 2013, the EHRA invited stakeholders to offer comments on an earlier draft…

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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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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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