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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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The University of Health Sciences Berkley has developed an interesting graphic on the Data of Health Care, exploring the health data revolution, the difference between Electronic Medical Records and EHRs, which states and practices adopted electronic systems, and what the future of the digital health industry could look like. Click here to view

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Over the past week, AmericanEHR has received hundreds of EHR ratings and comments from physicians across the US as part of a survey that we are conducting with the American Medical Association. Having both used an EHR for many years as well as going through a recent implementation in an Addiction Medicine practice, I have…

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As required under the HITECH Act, the Department of Health & Human Services — via the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) — has filed its annual report to Congress on the adoption of health information technology. Among the highlights, ONC told lawmakers that by the end of 2012, nearly three-quarters of office-based physicians (72…

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Medical practices across the nation are achieving success with Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementations! One example is Coastal Medical: a physician-owned practice based in Providence, Rhode Island, and the recipient of a 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. Coastal Medical has significantly benefited in three key areas: financially, organizationally, and, most importantly, by improving the…

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The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a data brief titled “Use and Characteristics of Electronic Health Record Systems Among Office-based Physician Practices: United States, 2001–2012.” The brief reviews EHR adoption rates and the features that practices and individual clinicians are currently using. The study…

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Every three years, the Commonwealth Fund conducts a 10-country health policy survey of primary care physicians in order to identify the impacts of national policies, support for primary care practices, and Health Information Technology. The 2102 survey reveals that 69% of U.S. primary care physicians reported using EHRs in 2012 compared to 46% in 2009….

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A discussion paper just published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and developed at the request of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), “Comparative User Experiences of Health IT Products: How User Experiences Would Be Reported and Used” describes a number of ways “to generate, house, disseminate, and thus maximally leverage comparative…

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I was recently talking with a colleague who is chief medical officer for a large integrated health system. His team has extensive experience implementing EHRs in small practices affiliated with the health system. He told me that when you implement one EHR in a small practice, you have implemented one EHR! The next practice has…

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Hiring an IT consultant requires a different approach compared to the hiring of a full or part-time employee. An IT consultant is generally brought in to complete a specific task in an area in which he/she has domain expertise. They are generally expensive resources and as a result it is important to find the right…

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During the 2012 ACP annual meeting in New Orleans, I had an opportunity to field and respond to member questions on health IT. A selection of most frequently asked questions and answers are provided for your reference below. EHR Selection I have tried to purchase an EHR system but none of the vendors are returning…

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