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Providers focused on ICD-10 barriers July 18, 2013 | Diana Manos
Providers focused on ICD-10 barriers
A survey, conducted by eHealth Initiative in partnership with the American Health Information Management Association, reveals a lack of communication around the benefits and value of the new ICD-10 code set, which was expanded to improve the quality of care, research and surveillance with more accurate and specific data.
Infographic: The digital diagnosis July 18, 2013 | MDG Advertising
Digital diagnosis
The digital age is redefining healthcare and many factors are driving this medical revolution. MDG Advertising's latest infographic illustrates how patients are becoming more empowered in their healthcare decisions and how physicians and healthcare marketers are evolving with this digital direction.
CMS quantifies how EHRs improve care July 18, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
CMS quantifies how EHRs are improving care
Since 2011, according to the agency, providers have checked drug and medication interactions to ensure patient safety more than 40 million times through the use of EHRs. Providers have also shared more than 4.3 million care summaries with other providers when patients moved between care settings.
Cancer pain management gears up for serious gains by 2019 July 17, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Cancer pain regimens and the revenue that accompanies them are on the fast track to the pinnacle of care demand, with sales expected to total $7 billion by 2019 according to the latest report from GBI Research.
Liberating data through HIE technology July 17, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Liberating data through HIE technology
Daniel Newman, MD, chief medical information officer at technology integration firm MEDfx, recognizes health information exchange as "a laudable goal" in terms of everyday communications, but he emphasizes that it's really part of a bigger issue: making data useful to clinicians. PhysBizTech recently caught up with Newman for further discussion of HIE as it applies to the small-practice environment.
Universal flu vaccine on the way? July 16, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Wistar Institute scientists have made a stimulating proposal, positing that providers could soon be able to stimulate the immune system to fight off multiple strains of influenza at once via sequential vaccination.
HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster July 15, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
HIE technology helps Gulf states prepare for disaster
A project that will help patients and providers access health information in the event of a hurricane or other widespread disaster involves collaboration between HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the health information exchange programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Experts aim to avert procedure overuse July 12, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In a paper released on July 10, a network of healthcare experts detailed reduction strategies for five specific procedures often employed by clinicians that may, in several instances, not be entirely necessary.

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3 ways patients will benefit from big data June 10, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
3 ways patients will benefit from big data
The healthcare sector has only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what big data will yield. And for patients, one of the primary benefits will be "shortening the pathway to care decisions from hours to minutes," according to big data expert Dan Riskin, MD.
Why small practices should embrace social media June 05, 2013 | Amanda Guerrero - Contributing Writer
Why small practices should embrace social media
Small physician practices stand to gain from social media interaction, despite their patient communication and marketing efforts being carried out in a scaled-back way. Whether your practice chooses to start with a single profile on one social media network or go big with accounts across multiple platforms, here are three areas in which social media outreach can help you succeed.
3 contemplations about cancer advice June 04, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Cancer treatment recommendations teeter on a number of physician factors -- most notably the depth of the doctor-patient relationship and the consulting physician's vantage of a patient's life situation and age -- according to researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Oxford.
Learning resources available on MSSP May 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers a program to help providers participate in accountable care organizations to improve quality of care for Medicare patients.The agency offers several options for Medicare fee-for-service providers who would like to learn more about the program.
EHR design: Moving beyond paper May 30, 2013 | Salvador Lopez - Content Writer, CareCloud
EHR design: The key to moving beyond paper
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association showed instead of properly using their EHRs, primary care practices were using 10 out of 11 previously identified paper workarounds. If we're supposed to be in the midst of the EHR revolution, what happened? Here's a look at how a well-designed EHR helps a practice in key areas.
Call for PQRS measures open until July 1
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting suggestions for potential inclusion in the proposed set of quality measures in the Physician Quality Reporting System for future rule-making years. Here's how to submit measures for consideration.
4 reasons why ICD-10 matters May 21, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
4 reasons why ICD-10 matters
Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services, summarizes how important ICD-10 is to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The benefits of e-prescribing May 20, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
The benefits of e-prescribing
Using an e-prescribing system integrated with its EHR, East Lake Pediatrics in Trinity, Fla., not only cuts down on wait times for patients, but improves efficiency for physicians and staff as well.

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Wanted: Entrepreneurial business models for doctors May 22, 2013 | David Williams - Health Business Blog
Wanted: Entrepreneurial business models for doctors
I believe many physicians would like to work for themselves if there were a viable way to make it happen.
Medical details on Oklahoma emergency May 21, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Medical details on Oklahoma emergency
Here is a recap of medical emergencies related to the severe storms and tornadoes that swept through sections of Oklahoma beginning May 18. Relevant information will be added to the top of this blog post as it becomes available.
The big data bubble May 20, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Arlen Meyers
Most doctors need targeted, small bits of information to make clinical decisions, not reams of data.
On EHR data integrity: A patient's perspective May 17, 2013 | Deborah Kohn - Principal and Founder, Dak Systems Consulting
Deborah Kohn
It's time our industry professionals address the integrity of information contained in EHRs, not just the technical and operational mechanisms for the sending and receiving of the information.
More trouble May 14, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
I want my patients to see as few doctors, be sick as infrequently, and be on as few drugs as possible. I hope to wage an all-out assault on "more."
How to get the biggest ROI on your marketing communications dollars May 13, 2013 | Cindy Thomas Wright - Physician Practice Marketing
Cindy Thomas Wright
Putting dollars toward building on a solid brand is much more efficient, for example, than having to spend resources on undoing inappropriate messaging or bad public relations.
Is the cure for cancer around the corner? May 07, 2013 | Zack Fisher - Contributing Writer
Is the cure for cancer around the corner?
Targeting cancer stem cells is a viable therapeutic strategy, and many researchers and drug companies are enthusiastically embracing it in cancer therapy.
Telling a good story May 01, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Rob Lamberts
In some ways things are going about as well as could be expected with my new practice. The hard part has been that I have not been able to find tools to help me organize my business so it can run efficiently.

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DataMotion (www.datamotion.com), innovator in cloud-based data delivery services, today announced it has filed a provisional patent for a new technology that will enable every U.S. citizen, along with millions of physicians and healthcare systems, to easily exchange sensitive healthcare data via email. The solution, which takes a new approach to digital certificates and S/MIME messaging, overcomes major obstacles to the adoption of secure email in healthcare. In particular, it pertains to The Direct Project, a national effort to drive efficiency in the exchange of healthcare information, spearheaded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and promoted by the Obama administration under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
VigiLanz(R) Corporation, a leading digital health care software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider headquartered in Minneapolis, forecasted today that demand for real-time, clinical decision support surveillance systems to manage inpatient and outpatient populations served by health care providers across America will rapidly increase, as a result of the decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and care coordination services to medical groups, announced today that Medford Medical Clinic, a provider of diversified medical services, will implement athenahealth’s services to drive quality across practice management, patient communications, and patient care.
The cost, effort and complexity associated with registering patients and capturing their pre-authorized payments online in a medical group's Practice Management System (PMS) is now dramatically reduced by a new registration capability of the PatientPay service from Zepherella™, a provider of paperless billing and electronic patient payment processing for the healthcare industry.
MTBC, a leading healthcare IT company serving providers throughout the country, announced today a new partnership with PDR Network to integrate PDR's suite of interactive drug information and safety services with MTBC's ONC-ATCB electronic health record (EHR). MTBC users will soon have access to PDR Network's updated drug information, safety alerts, medication adherence and product support programs, which will enhance their experience and further enable them to provide optimal patient care.
Geisinger Health System and Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced a new multi-year collaboration designed to improve patient health outcomes by focusing on innovative solutions that facilitate shared decision making between patients and physicians and improve adherence to treatment plans and clinical care processes.
The hospitals, physicians, clinics, and insurance providers that make up the US healthcare system will be spending over $69 billion on telecommunications services over the next six years, says a new market research study released by the Insight Research Corporation. According to the market analysis study, spending by the US healthcare industry on telecommunications services will grow at a compounded rate of 9.7 percent over the forecast period, increasing from $9.1 billion in 2012 to $14.4 billion in 2017 as the number of healthcare locations expands by 16 percent and the healthcare employment rate increases 2.5 times faster than the total national employment rate.
MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark, is partnering with Florida Hospital Medical Group (FHMG), a multi-specialty physician group affiliated with Florida Hospital, in a clinical affiliation that expands access to convenient, affordable health care services in Central Florida.

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