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AmericanEHR is proud to introduce free, one-on-one EHR phone consultations for US-based clinicians. If you or your organization is looking for a new EHR system, or if you’re simply unsatisfied with your existing EHR product, contact AmericanEHR today to have one of our EHR experts do a custom analysis for your practice. Using peer submitted EHR…

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The Office of the National Coordinator has kicked off National Health IT Week 2016 by publishing a message from President Obama. The President stressed his administration’s commitment to health IT with the goal of improving people’s health through breakthroughs in innovation and technology: “When clinicians, researchers, individuals, and families have access to the tools, information, and…

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Making changes to healthcare–its delivery, its costs, its administration–always seem to focus on pushing providers around. While surgery is performed with a scalpel, healthcare reform is bluntly pursued by means of obtuse financial incentives: lower pay for doctors who don’t play ball, and day-to-day survival for those who go along to get along. The motivation…

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ONC recently launched a dashboard listing new transparency information for certified health information technology. This data was released to help purchasers of health IT to access information about costs and limitations they may encounter when implementing and using certified health IT products. Developers must also make a Transparency Attestation indicating whether they will take additional…

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Guest Editorial Interoperability is not just a set of technical hurdles, programming considerations, and communication initiatives—though it certainly entails plenty of such challenges. It is about realizing the much talked-about Continuum of Care, aligning doctors, specialists, nurses, patients, pharmacists—the many individuals and operating environments involved in delivering 21st century whole-person healthcare. Glaringly absent from popular…

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As a physician and long-time EHR user, I live and work in a world of discrete, narrative and non-narrative data. Notes that I or my colleagues have entered into the EHR, documents that have been scanned as image files or pdf documents into the document repository and discrete elements such as laboratory results. The data…

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Guest Editorial The healthcare industry does not have a rich culture of innovation. While regulatory burdens, enterprise developers, and even generation gaps have taken heat for causing grief over the course of the Meaningful Use program (RIP), there is a legacy of change-resistance in medicine that goes much further than the last ten years. As…

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A January 20, 2016 Health Affairs Article by Dawn M. Heisey-Grove titled Variation In Rural Health Information Technology Adoption And Use (Health Affairs, no.(2016): doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0861) examines the differences between different provider groups in rural vs. urban settings. According to Heisey-Grove, initial adoption levels amongst rural providers was higher than their urban counterparts. “In 2013,…

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Guest Editorial A recent survey of office-based physicians looked into the state of revenue cycle management (RCM) across various specialties, staff and locations. The RCM Survey Report called “What’s Happening Behind the Billing Office Door” evaluated several high-level metrics including first-pass clean-claim rate, net collection percentages, average days in A/R, and outstanding collections for 120+ days. The…

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The American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) are co-sponsoring the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Usability Workshop in Chicago on December 8, 2015. This free, day-long event will bring together clinicians and EHR developers, providing the opportunity to better understand and practice successful techniques for…

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The inaugural Federal Health IT Strategic Plan was released in 2011, and since then over 450,000 eligible professionals and 4,800 eligible hospitals have received an incentive payment for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. This progress has taken a tremendous effort on behalf of hospitals and health care providers, as…

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