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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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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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The recent release of the AmericanEHR Partners research report, Physicians Use of EHR Systems 2014 prompted a number of media responses, one of which questioned the process and methodology by which the data was collected from target populations in conjunction with professional society partners. In order to respond to the question of survey populations, I…

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Over the past 4 years, there has been a major shift in the world of healthcare. The medical community has had greater influence from the government, insurance companies, lawyers, and like the rest of our society, an overarching increase in digital technology. Thus, the emergence of mainstream electronic health records (EHRs). People in present day…

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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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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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Guest Editorial by Michael W. Jakovcic The federal incentives made available through the HITEC Act are driving thousands of practices to adopt EHRs. All too many times practices feel the need to rush the process, only to realize that the system they have just implemented does not meet their needs. It is important to have…

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One of the advantages of using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is its ability to simplify research activities to the point that even small medical practices can do their own research, either to support quality improvement activities within their practice or purely for research purposes. Determining what type of research you are interested in and…

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A recent meeting at the White House brought together physicians at the vanguard of electronic health record system adoption and usage to discuss their broad range of experience, in particular their past successes and their current pain points. The discussion covered a vast range of issues: the absence of interoperability, poor usability, lack of needed…

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