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Practices look to health IT to minimize declines in profits

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A decline in reimbursements has a majority of physician practices preparing for a downward trend in profitability, according to research published by Power Your Practice. “The greatest challenges stem from the gap between changes underway at...

Enabling transitions of care through EHR, HIE workflows

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Depending on the size of a health system and the number of health IT systems it employs, transitions of care between clinical settings within a healthcare organization could involve a significant number of computer-related activities to ensure...

EHR adoption significantly lower among solo, older physicians

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR use is much lower among older and independently practicing physicians, according to a new survey by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, with 30% fewer independent physicians using a meaningful use-capable EHR than their larger practice...

Physician series: Thorough training made EHR adoption easy

by Jennifer Bresnick

Spanning two states and employing seven physicians while staying open every single day of the year, Pioneer Valley Pediatrics in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut has its fair share of unique complications.  In need of a better way to...

Meaningful use might be a struggle, but it’s working for patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

In a keynote presentation to the Rhode Island chapter of the American College of Physicians, Peter Basch, MD, FACP, echoed the words of National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari and told an audience of mostly paper-bound doctors that the key to...

Stage 2 Meaningful Use, ICD-10 key to Allscripts future

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During yesterday’s first-quarter earnings call, Allscripts CEO Paul M. Black described the “biggest obligations” for the Chicago-based EHR company as delivering upgrades for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and ICD-10 to its clients....

Greenway CEO: Move to cloud forced changes to 2013 outlook

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Greenway Medical Technologies received some flak following its decision to change revenue projections for fiscal year (FY) 2013.  Late last month, the EHR vendor updated its projected full-year revenue by decreasing its estimates from $145–150...

EHR replacement: Benefits of a single, streamlined system

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Not all decisions to replace an EHR system are based on dissatisfaction. Sometimes, choosing a new EHR vendor and solution is motivated by a healthcare organization’s mission to improve the delivery of care across the entire continuum and scale...

EHR Replacement Q&A: Lack of support, training made us switch

by Jennifer Bresnick

The decision to abandon one EHR and switch to another is not an easy one for providers, most of whom have invested thousands of dollars and untold man hours in choosing, implementing, and adjusting to an electronic health record package.  But...

Physician series: EHRs a “challenge” for large cancer practice

by Jennifer Bresnick

Large practices face unique challenges when it comes to adopting electronic health records and attesting to meaningful use. Big enough to have the resources, and perhaps a dedicated implementation team, their size nonetheless presents an organizational...

EHR adoption challenges for new, early adopters in NYC: Q&A

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Throughout the first phase of the EHR Incentive Programs, regional extension centers (RECs) have worked with eligible professionals (EPs) in small practice settings to adopt certified EHR technology (CEHRT) and achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use....

NC legislation to make HIE costs transparent, public

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two state senators in the Tar Heel State have proposed a bill to the General Assembly in order to improve the transparency of the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE). Subject to two licensures acts for hospitals and ambulatory...

Should your practice invest in bundled EHR, billing software?

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR vendors are increasingly offering a suite of complimentary products, including practice management software and billing systems touted for their out-of-the-box compatibility.  While there’s something to be said for being a jack of all...

Dentists who rely on business support focus more on EHR, patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

Independent dentists often operate out of a home office or small storefront, working as a single practitioner to attract clients and pay for the upkeep on their equipment and other expenses.   It can be difficult to keep up with the...

Q&A: EHRs, meaningful use bring efficiency, quality to Kaiser

by Jennifer Bresnick

Kaiser Permanente is the largest healthcare provider in California, and has never shied away from the front lines of EHR adoption and technological innovation.  As one of the major early adopters focused on improving the delivery of coordinated...

AHRQ to study effect of EHR, health IT on ambulatory workflow

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of HHS, is asking for public comment on its plans to study how health IT initiatives, including HIE, EHRs, and clinical decision support, can affect the workflow and patient care...

HIMSS: Less than 6% of ambulatory practices use patient portals, PHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

According to new data provided by HIMSS, as of the end of 2012, less than 6% of ambulatory practices in the US are equipped with online portals and personal health records for their patients.  And only 1.2% of providers use advanced clinical...

EHR use improves likelihood of treatment for high cholesterol

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new study by researchers at Northwestern Medicine indicates that patients who receive personalized risk assessment plans from their physicians, developed by examining patterns in EHR data, are twice as likely to seek medication and treatment...

Ambulatory EHR adoption, use, and incentive trends

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Ambulatory practices come in many sizes and shapes, providing the bulk of healthcare services to patients across the country as more and more services become available in these outpatient centers. In 2006, as part of their analysis of national...

Ambulatory providers need better ambulatory EHR systems

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

More than cost or the demands of implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system, the perceived lack of available solutions catering to their particular needs has prevented physician practices from adopting electronic health records as...

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