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Join the conversation. AmericanEHR has been refreshed with some useful new features. It is now easy to share your EHR experiences, make comments and join product discussions. All that is needed is a verified user account. Initially commenting is available to verified physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and EHR vendors. Activity feeds are displayed on…

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E-Prescribing use has been increasing, especially with the imposition of the Medicare penalty for the failure to e-prescribe under MIPPA, and the Meaningful Use incentive program. For those not familiar with the e-prescribing penalty I suggest that you read Deadline to Submit Hardship Exemptions to Avoid the 2012 e-Rx Penalty Extended. You still have six…

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Watching Hurricane Irene this morning as waves surged onto the North Carolina coast brought back memories of Hurricane Katrina and the effects on medical records that were not stored electronically. Many organizations and physicians who used traditional paper charts lost their entire set of medical records (Katrina Highlights Need for Electronic Health records). Despite the…

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As EHR adoption becomes more prevalent, there is a growing sense of concern regarding the security of the information stored in servers both in medical offices as well as remotely in the cloud or in server banks. Can the data be securely stored and protected? This concern is well described by an EHR member who…

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Dr. Don Berwick, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, discusses his experiences using an EHR

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In a March 25, 2011 Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine, author Ann S. O’Malley provides an overview of the opportunities presented through the effective use of health information technology with a number of insightful observations, including the following: The inability for current commercially available EHRs to provide or link to decision support…

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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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Well, the march towards the Stage 2 requirements for meaningful use is in full swing with comments flying in from many different sources about what Stage 2 — and ultimately Stage 3 — should look like. iHealthBeat has been posting entries as additional comments become public (see “Related Articles” on the link provided). Recently, 39…

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Excerpt Feb 1, 2011 — ACPHospitalist, John Schumann, M.D. “Depending on your viewpoint (and the pertinent issue), government regulation either snarls the wheels of commerce and chokes American competitiveness OR enables us to live productive, happy, equitable and safe lives. [As Oprah says, “Live your best life …”] Medicine is full of regulations. For the…

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In a January 24, 2011 study published by Stafford et al in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the authors analyzed physician survey data on 255,402 ambulatory patient visits in ambulatory settings (non-Federal offices and hospitals) using 2005–2007 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data. They concluded that based upon…

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How are clinicians using social media? As Facebook, Blogs and Twitter become more prevalent, clinicians are faced with multiple challenges. Is it appropriate to use these tools in order to communicate with patients or colleagues? What are the risks or benefits of social media? In a busy practice setting, do these communication tools add value…

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