Archive for the ‘Healthcare IT’ Category

How is the EMR Purchase Coming?

Over the years, I have seen significant decision in practice management come and go, some being made by exhaustive research and others through simply avoiding the decision hoping it would pass then make itself.  Remember Y2K, electronic billing, even your first purchase of practice management software?

I recently sat through a live risk management seminar put on by a medical professional liability insurance carrier that featured a very knowledgeable, experienced defense attorney.  The first middle and last point that the attorney had made was, document, document and then document.  The crux of his point was that it was near impossible to convince a jury that you, the physician, had in fact informed the patient of the potential side effects, that you had extensively reviewed lifestyle or family history predisposition, etc.  While this is a standard office visit or consult, and you have performed it thousands of times before, this moment in the courtroom demands proof, and it is coming down to your word against the patient.  One of the obvious benefits of an EMR system is the ability to document this visit and have that proof positive.

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Usability in the EHR World

With more and more physicians adopting electronic health records (EHR), the next great frontier is ensuring the new tools are used in the most safe and efficient manner.  And, as with most products, not every EHR system is created equal.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, that’s why the Obama administration is proposing a plan to develop standards to measure how effective and easy digital patient records are to use — applying a research discipline known as human-computer interaction or human factors.

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Why Physicians Need EHR

Why bother with EHR if you won’t get the stimulus money?

There are a million reasons why…

I’m always surprised when I hear physicians talk about rejecting an electronic health record for their practice.  Many of them are used to the old ways of paper, and reluctant to join the new world order.  That I can understand, it’s hard enough being a doctor without having to learn a whole new way to document your visit.

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The Looming Staffing Crisis in EHR

As many physicians know, the federal government is spending nearly $20 billion in the next five years to promote and encourage the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) in physician offices.

If you think about the overall medical software environment, it’s easy to understand why the job will be easier said than done.

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