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3 Keys to a Successful Value-Based Care Implementation

The goals of value-based care are clear — improved population health, increased patient satisfaction, and reduced cost — but the means of getting there aren’t. Healthcare organizations are grappling with the transition from service- to performance-based reimbursement with varying success. As it turns out, what comes easily for one organization isn’t guaranteed for another....


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EMR v. EHR: Electronic Medical, Health Record Differences

The terms electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR) have become widely synonymous, but they did not start that way and some still argue that a distinction between is necessary to restate. Healthcare organizations and...

Improving Clinical Data Integrity through EHR Documentation

Findings from a recent EHR usability study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) once brought to the fore the problem of clinical documentation in the digital age of healthcare. The study of EHR use, particularly...

Solutions for Addressing Health Information Exchange Challenges

“Hospitals and physicians are now exchanging more electronic health information than ever before,” the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology told Congress in an annual report from early November....

Breakdown of Health IT Interoperability Standards, Organizations

The federal government has put in motion a ten-year plan for establishing a nationwide learning health system made possible through incremental improvements to healthcare interoperability. Who could stand opposed to a healthcare system that ensures...

Potential for Healthcare APIs to Revolutionize the Industry

Application programming interfaces (APIs) provide the means for one software program to access the services of another. Analogies abound for explaining how APIs work, but one that is particularly compelling is the wall socket analogy. Rather...

How EHR Technology Definitions Influence EHR Use Statistics

On a near-annual basics, federal agencies provide updates on EHR adoption that serve as a bellwether of the healthcare's industry technical capabilities, most notably the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

What Clinical Quality Measures Mean to Healthcare Providers

Throughout the healthcare landscape, providers and hospitals must navigate various different incentive programs and quality improvement programs, with which come numerous requirements for clinical quality measures. However, provided the vast...

What Is EHR Optimization, How Does It Start?

So much of the focus of an EHR implementation is on the go-live and plenty of hustle and bustle precedes a practice's launch of a new EHR technology. However, the digital journey has only just begun at that point and what follows to sustain...

Reducing Medical Errors with Improved Communication, EHR Use

The revelation that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States sent unsettling reverberations through the healthcare industry last week, but the news is likely only the tip of the iceberg and much more must be done...

What Is MACRA and What It Means to Providers, EHR Technology

More than a year has passed since Congress voted to enact the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Department of Health & Human Services issued its notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation. At its most...

Why a Thin Line Separates EHR Optimization, EHR Replacement

For the past years, industry analysts have predicted a rise in EHR replacement activities that have failed to come to fruition. Most recent reports now point to a shift in the thinking of healthcare organizations and providers about their current...

Return on Investment Remains a Problem for Meaningful Use

A mixture of surprise and relief likely met the recent revelation by the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding serious changes to meaningful use requirements that will bring the EHR Incentive Programs more in...

How Eligible Providers Performed in Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Much of the pushback for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule stems from the experience of meaningful use eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) in Stage 2 meaningful use, which led many to call for and eventually receive concessions...

Pay-for-Performance Strategies for Independent Physicians, Small Practices

RevCycleIntelligence Pay-for-performance models aim to reward providers for high-quality care at lower costs. However, value-based reimbursement structures tend to require substantial upfront and ongoing investments and put practice revenue at risk, straining the...

Laying the Foundation for Strong Healthcare Risk Management

HealthITSecurity With cybersecurity threats becoming more sophisticated each day, healthcare organizations must implement necessary policies and procedures to keep sensitive data secure. A current and comprehensive healthcare risk management plan is a key component...

What are Precision Medicine and Personalized Medicine?

HealthITAnalytics Since the beginning of recorded history, healthcare practitioners have striven to make their actions more effective for their patients by experimenting with different treatments, observing and sharing their results, and improving upon the efforts...

Effective Nurse Communication Skills and Strategies

PatientEngagementHIT In healthcare facilities, nurses can be found nearly everywhere -- at patient screenings, in nursing stations, and, most importantly, with the patient in the exam room or at the bedside. Nurses are on the front lines of patient care, making nurse-patient...

Is Project ECHO the Telemedicine Model That Healthcare Is Missing?

mHealthIntelligence A telemedicine platform developed about 15 years ago in New Mexico is now helping thousands of doctors across the country learn from specialists and manage care for patients with complex conditions. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health...

Meeting the Challenge of Healthcare Consumerism with Big Data Analytics

HealthITAnalytics As the remarkable, eventful year of 2017 lumbers to its cold and snowy close, healthcare organizations may feel as if they are starting 2018 on an unstable footing. From tragic natural disasters and devastating ransomware attacks to the first...