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A February 2013 article published in Healthcare IT News, “EHR Users Unhappy — Many Switching,” suggested that up to 17% of EHR users are considering switching their EHRs by end of 2013. AmericanEHR Partners has also been collecting data on the intention of EHR users to change their EHR systems; however, the percentages are lower…

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It has been recently reported that about seven million people could be drastically affected by primary care physician shortages after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act expands insurance coverage next year, according to a new study in Health Affairs. The study also reports that the expansion of insurance coverage will raise demand for primary…

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Based upon AmericanEHR data collected from 2010 to 2012, user satisfaction levels with EHRs are dropping in multiple areas. These findings were presented at HIMSS13 on March 5, 2013. Highlights from the presentation: Surveys were conducted in conjunction with 10 different professional societies between March 2010 and December 2012. AmericanEHR Partners worked with each society…

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Feeling overwhelmed by the volume of patient information that you receive daily and are required to interpret, absorb, and categorize? We hear regularly from users of EHRs that there are benefits and challenges even with the most useful features and functions. Through feedback collected via the EHR user satisfaction survey, clinicians provided the following regarding…

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When I speak to clinicians and other healthcare professionals, an important part of our discussion relates to the driving forces behind new policy, payment, and programs that, to some, seem to come out of nowhere. Whether it’s the medical home, medical home neighbor, EHR incentive program, ICD-10, ACOs, Comprehensive Primary Care, Bundled Payments, or other…

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A February 12 iHealthbeat article highlighted the explosive growth in the implementation of patient portals by physicians who are using EHRs, driven by the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. Dr. Michael Barr also recently reviewed the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements, including the fact that practices will be dependent on 5% of their patients to view/download/transmit…

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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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In our small nephrology practice, we started using an electronic health record (EHR) and separate practice management/scheduling suite when we opened our doors six years ago. We changed practice management suites about four years ago and migrated to a new EHR system about two years ago. Both transitions, along with other related experiences, have demonstrated…

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One of the comments we hear from clinicians who have implemented an EHR is the impact on their after-hours workload, whether this be in the clinic at the end of the day or at home in the evenings. This feedback is not limited to specific EHRs and tends to be a more widespread issue. The…

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When our five-physician Allergy/Immunology practice decided to take the plunge into the world of electronic medical records about three years ago, templates were one of the key features we were looking at. Most clinical allergists, as other specialists, see the same type of medical issues and ask the same basic set of questions. Who else…

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Depending on your style of practice, templates can be an important consideration when selecting an EHR. You should ask yourself the following questions: Do you want to be able to design or customize your own templates? Will you need to be able to share templates with other members of your practice? How many templates do…

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