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EHR adoption is climbing as a result of national policies designed to encourage widespread use of Health IT such as the HITECH Act. However, adoption is not consistent across all specialties, geographies, and practice sizes — as was recently pointed out in an April 24, 2012, Health Affairs article published online by Decker, Jamoom and…

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As practices move towards the integration of more information in their EHR systems, a question that frequently comes up is how much information should be incorporated from imaging and radiology studies. This information is usually available in three primary formats: A narrative report received either as a faxed document or scanned into a commonly used…

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I have been hearing from an increasing number of physicians and practices that they have been turned down by the EHR vendor of their choice or are faced with a long wait time before the vendor can install the system. All of the practices I have heard from were relatively small (under 10 physicians) and…

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Washington, D.C. — A new non-profit, collaborative effort was launched December 1, 2011, called Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care (Doctors Helping Doctors). The organization’s goal is to support the transformation of health care, initially through greater use of health information technology (IT), which plays a foundational role in improving the quality, safety and efficiency…

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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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Big Bang describes an implementation where a practice begins using all of the functions at the same time. A staged implementation refers to a practice that gradually starts using a defined subset of EHR functionality before implementing more functionality; this process is then repeated until all of the functions of the EHR system are implemented….

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AmericanEHR Partners released two reports today (10/20/11) based on our extensive survey data from over 2,300 responses in collaboration with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the Renal Physicians Association. One report (profiled in…

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Last week, the Health Information Technology Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup (HITPC MU WG) held a hearing on Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, followed by a day of discussion among the Workgroup members. I am a member of the HITPC MU WG and found the testimony offered by those invited to speak incredibly helpful and…

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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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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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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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