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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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If your front office does not operate efficiently, it has a negative ripple effect throughout your entire practice. The Meaningful Use program, mandatory E-Prescribing, and health system reform initiatives at the state level are taking their toll on many practices. The transition towards Electronic Health Records and adaptation to new workflow processes is creating significant…

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Selecting and implementing an EHR can be a daunting process. Even a “tech savvy” clinician can be severely taxed by the sheer volume of work needed to make a decision regarding the choice of an EHR and coordinating the implementation and use of that system within the medical practice. A wide range of consultants is…

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Computers are extremely good at performing repetitive tasks, particularly for mundane things such as appointment reminders. By extension, EHRs excel at the same type of functionality, particularly when applied to patients with chronic disease. Individuals with complex co-morbid conditions require a great deal of management and generally this is more about consistently applying rules and…

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Highlights from the June 30 AmericanEHR Webinar on Chart Conversion Techniques in the Small Medical Practice: Chart pre-loading. What should you pre-load into the EHR and is this a job just for nurses and administrative staff, or should physicians also learn to pre-load paper records into the EHR? Go Live. How should you best prepare…

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The topic of this week’s featured article may very paternalistic; however, it is not intended to offend. If medical data is collected by knowledgeable individuals (e.g. with Diabetes Mellitus) and shared via a patient portal or email with a care provider, of course it should be trusted, right? In certain cases yes, but not always….

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You may be in the golden years of your medical career (if you have planned well and are financially secure enough to retire anytime soon), so should you get on the bandwagon and implement an EHR? This is a question that many physicians face as they near the end of their practice days. If you…

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Over the years I have spoken with many physicians, practice managers, and change management consultants about the process of EHR implementation. What makes for a successful implementation? How can a practice improve their chances of success? One of the most important requirements for success is to establish realistic personal expectations. Certain system functionality needs to…

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After months of preparation for the implementation of your EHR, the fateful go live day is just around the corner and the better prepared you are, the more successful you will be. What do you have to do to ensure that your go live will proceed smoothly? We have prepared a list of items you…

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What do your colleagues think about EHRs? Have you had a positive or negative experience that you would like to share? Every month, we will publish feedback from EHR users who have submitted comments to AmericanEHR Partners. This feedback is not directed at any specific vendor or product. The intention is to highlight key issues…

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Join us at the end of April for a webinar that will focus on Change Management Strategies in the Small Medical Practice. Building upon the successful AmericanEHR webinar series and supported through sponsorship funding provided by Hewlett-Packard, this event will bring together a change management expert and a physician who has gone through an EHR…

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