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Allscripts avoids lawsuit and further losses

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Good news came from electronic health record giant Allscripts Healthcare Solutions on Friday. The company has agreed to the nomination of three new board members in order to resolve a lawsuit between the EHR provider and HealthCor Management,...

EHR vendor selection considerations should look beyond meaningful use

by sbrooks99@verizon.net

The selection of an EHR vendor is likely one of the biggest decisions a practice will make over the course of the next decade. There is a lot riding on choosing the right system. So what kind of factors should drive the decision-making process?...

Will patient subscription services for EHRs pay dividends?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

When it comes to implementing health information technology (IT), small practices lag behind their counterparts because of a lack of both financial and human capital. “To them when they look at an electronic medical record, for example,...

EHRs and the worsening diabetes epidemic

by sbrooks99@verizon.net

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that rates of diabetes and prediabetes among teens tripled during the course of the last decade. This represents one of the most pressing issues facing the healthcare industry, but more...

Why should small practices choose cloud-based EHR?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Unlike the big boys, small practices have neither the resources nor the manpower dedicated to large and sophisticated locally-hosted electronic health record (EHR) and other health information technology (IT) systems. Fortunately for small practices,...

Caring for the homeless with co-existing EHR and paper records

by kathy.tong@bmhcc.org

A hospital that cares for the homeless generally doesn’t have the money for a comprehensive EHR system that can meet all its needs, and the robust computer resources to support such a system. But with its EHR implementation only partly in place,...

CIO series: Spaulding Rehab’s John Campbell

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

John Campbell, CHCIO, is the Chief Information Officer at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, which specializes in post-acute inpatient and ambulatory care within its network of facilities. For the past seven years, he’s overseen the implementation...

User-driven design is steering health IT innovation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Best practices in software design have changed drastically since developers once created products that the users had to adapt to. Recently, and much to the chagrin of once-dominant companies, contemporary IT producers look to user experience...

Interoperability in health IT is a game changer

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Without knowing it, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) may have actually saved the health information technology (HIT) industry from becoming...

Physicians are ready, willing, but not quite able to qualify for meaningful use

by sbrooks99@verizon.net

There is no doubt that physician interest in EHRs has increased over the last few years. Technology adoption is up, largely in response to the availability of incentives being offered by the federal government. But this interest may not necessarily...

Why are small practices essential to widespread EHR success?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Small practices trail larger counterparts in their overall adoption and use of electronic health record (EHR) systems. But they are critical ultimately to the success of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs...

EHR adoption depends on age group, practice size and setting, and specialty

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks; you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink. If I were either of these animals, I’d be a touch peeved at my widespread association with stubbornness. For those of us born in the digital...

EHR adoption rates climb, meaningful use continues to lag

by sbrooks99@verizon.net

Toward the end of last year some encouraging data started to emerge. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that thousands of physicians had signed up to participate in the meaningful use incentive program and the Department of Health...

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