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Once you have selected an EMR, signed your contract with the vendor, and scheduled a date to implement the system, the real hard work begins. Implementation can be a smooth and streamlined process if you are well prepared or it can be disruptive and difficult. Preparation and attention to detail are the keys to success….

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Selecting an EHR system is an intimidating process and one that can have a large impact on a practice’s long-term success. While AmericanEHR Partners provides you with a number of resources to help you with this process, you may feel you need more assistance. Here are a few options to consider if you find yourself…

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Just a quick post to highlight a series of four documents sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation that may prove helpful to practices undertaking the transition to electronic health records. The articles address: Chart Abstraction Clinical Documentation Training Strategies Workflow Analysis This post is the personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect…

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Chronic Disease Management is sometimes used as a way to neatly package a pool of services for a specific group of patients. This can result in a tunnel vision type approach to treatment that can be effective when automating a set of processes; however, patients with chronic disease tend to be older, often suffer from…

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Writing in the New York Times last week (December 13), Milt Freudenheim reported that errors generated from electronic health records are of sufficient concern that the Institute of Medicine created the Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information to examine the issue. According to the article, the Food and Drug Administration has received over 250 voluntary reports…

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In a program as complex as that currently underway to encourage adoption of EHRs and Health Information Exchanges in the U.S., extensive planning and open, transparent, honest discussion are crucial to success. As logical as this may sound, it is very difficult to keep large programs moving while providing sufficient flexibility to make the necessary…

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The July 7th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) included an interesting article by Dr. Richard Baron. In his Commentary, Dr. Baron suggests that some physicians look to the EHR to be simply a better version of the paper chart, in effect, substituting electrons for the paper and pen that clinicians…

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Published by Falls Church, VA based Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) – A new report(.pdf) lists the top ten challenges that practices must address to meet Stage 1 meaningful use criteria. Authors: Walt Zywiak, Jane Metzger, Michele Mann describe the following 10 challenges: Capture the Data Establish Effective Workflows to Reinforce Data Entry (Including Medication Reconciliation)…

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