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AmericanEHR has been working closely with a number of professional societies to collect more comprehensive real-time EHR product satisfaction ratings. Working in conjunction with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics and American Osteopathic Association (AOAMI/AOA) we are currently in the process of surveying large…

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On October 29, 2010, the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund sponsored an education session. Panelists were: David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health information technology at HHS; Tom Bowden of HealthLink in New Zealand; Ib Johansen of Denmark’s MedCom; and Sabine Koch of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Humphrey Taylor of Harris…

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One of the scariest things that physicians often face with EHR adoption is cost. When thinking about the cost of an EHR system many people only see the cost of software, whereas in fact there are a number of additional costs to consider. These include the costs of training, hardware, remodeling, loss of productivity, ongoing…

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I had the pleasure of speaking with a few of the medical practices participating in a Patient-Centered Medical Home demonstration in upstate New York last week.  Joining the conversation were people from three different practices – including physicians and nurse care coordinators.  All were using EHRs, and all were recognized by NCQA as medical homes.  During the…

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The following are important considerations when acquiring a lab interface for your EHR: In many cases the major lab companies will pick up the initial cost of the lab interface with your practice.  However they generally do not pick up the costs of a bi-directional interface(s) and/or the ongoing maintenance cost of the interface.  Most…

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One of the most integral elements of clinical practice is the use of laboratory investigations for diagnostic and monitoring purposes. Ask any clinician what they need in an EHR and invariably; integrated laboratory data will top the list of desirable requirements. When laboratory investigations are needed as part of a clinical visit, there are a…

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A very interesting concept is that of modular EHR technology. Earlier this year, ONC awarded four Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Project (SHARP) grants. A Boston based research group was one of the successful recipients. A blog excerpt is provided below describing how the modular EHRs could work. Kibbe & Klepper – Oct 5, 2010…

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In the September issue of ACP Internist, ACP President Dr. J. Fred Ralston, describes a personal alternate universe in which he would award a Nobel prize for efficiency to someone who develops software that allows information to flow more effectively and logically into the EHR or web-based applications. These software applications would provide accurate and…

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Article submitted by Rizwan Kheraj: The usability of software systems is a key acceptance criterion to adoption of new technologies. Health Information Technologies are not any different in this regard. Having been in the software usability field for several decades I am always amazed how even today software systems are developed for other software systems…

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Collaboration will share information and expertise Washington, July 13, 2010 – A new, free interactive website to help medical practices compare, select, and implement electronic health records (EHRs) was launched today by AmericanEHR Partners. Founded by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and its partner, Cientis Technologies, AmericanEHR Partners (www.AmericanEHR.com) brings together professional societies and…

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The July 7th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) included an interesting article by Dr. Richard Baron. In his Commentary, Dr. Baron suggests that some physicians look to the EHR to be simply a better version of the paper chart, in effect, substituting electrons for the paper and pen that clinicians…

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