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The Oxford Dictionary defines “template” as “something that serves as a model for others to copy.” Templates are very frequently used in medical practice to reduce the work associated with having to collect the same information over and over again. Clinicians have to collect and record clinical encounter information during each patient encounter. Whether one…

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As Meaningful Use becomes a more accepted concept and practices move towards outcomes-based performance measurement, one of the dependencies that is gaining more prominence is the usability of the EHR during the visit. What is the secret in becoming an effective user of an EHR and how long does it take before the system no…

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As practices migrate from paper records to EHRs, there are millions of paper charts that need to be partially or completely digitized and archived or incorporated into EHRs. What are the principles and guidelines that practices should follow in terms of scanning and archiving paper records? The advantage of the EHR is that once a…

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With the launch of the Apple iPad2, a shot has been fired across the bow of other manufacturers to keep up with the market leader. As the incumbent leader, the success of the iPad has been felt both by consumers and industry alike. But Apple is not alone, with many other vendors selling tablets including…

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The results of a study conducted by Abhay Mishra, an assistant professor of health administration at Georgia State University, and research assistant Shuang Liu, a Ph.D. student in applied mathematics at UC Davis raise some interesting questions about specialty-specific work flow and the effect that EHRs have on productivity. The researchers collected data on productivity pre/post EHR…

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Published by the California Healthcare Foundation in April 2010, documents provide information and guidance on techniques to effectively document clinical information: “This issue brief on clinical documentation techniques is the second in a series of tactically oriented publications based on lessons learned through the California Networks for Electronic Health Record Adoption (CNEA) initiative. With electronic…

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