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Physician segment drives EMR sales April 26, 2012 | PhysBizTech staff
Sales of electronic medical record systems to physicians grew by an estimated 22 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, according to medical market researcher Kalorama Information. That rate outpaced the growth of EMR sales to hospitals.
Eligible physicians still face MU readiness challenge April 25, 2012 | Diana Manos - Senior Editor
Ninety-one percent of physicians nationwide said they were eligible for federal EHR incentives in 2011, but only 10 percent intended to apply for the program, falling on the low side of what the federal government had anticipated, according to a new report, scheduled to appear in the May issue of Health Affairs.
A newly formed entity, the HITRUST Cybersecurity Incident Response and Coordination Center, will provide support to the healthcare industry through early identification of cybersecurity attacks, coordination of response activities and creation of best practices.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the EHR Incentive Programs, recently updated a question/answer posted on the agency’s FAQ web page. The updated information, presented here, pertains to attesting for the incentive programs when using multiple certified EHRs.
Health IT areas to watch if Court overturns ACA April 19, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
Striking down ACA would not affect funding by the Health & Human Services Department for other health IT programs, such as the electronic health record incentive program. That said, several ACA health IT-related provisions could be at risk
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals made the payment to the Winn Community Health Center on behalf of three eligible professionals.
While 2012 campaign unfolds, states grapple with health insurance exchange plans April 18, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
A critical underpinning of the healthcare reform law is being fought not in the nation’s capital, but in the states. The fate of healthcare reform depends on resolution of how the exchanges will operate.
40 percent of PCPs using EHRs, up from 20 percent two years ago April 17, 2012 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
If one measures advancement in physician use of technology by adoption of electronic health records, recent movement has been substantial. The number of physicians using EHRs has doubled over the past two years.

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When commenting on meaningful use, specificity matters April 02, 2012 | John Loonsk, MD - CMO at CGI Federal
The following comments are directed at the numerous national associations, advocacy groups and other interested organizations who are gearing up to submit comments on the two meaningful use Stage 2 - Notices of Proposed Rulemaking that CMS and ONC recently published in the Federal Register.
Study reveals specialist-PCP gap in EHR adoption March 19, 2012 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Editor
KLAS Research reports that specialists aren’t adopting EHRs as quickly as their primary care colleagues.
Weighing in on meaningful use proposed Stage 2 rules March 15, 2012 | Hannah King - Health Information Exchange
Meaningful use rules are driving current and future EHR functionality modifications.
Recent study: Get the facts March 07, 2012 | Farzad Mostashari, MD
Apparently, doctors who order a lot of imaging tests are more likely to have electronic systems that let them view those images in their offices.
The HIE delay February 24, 2012 | Hannah King - Health Information Exchange
Priorities in health IT seem to be changing for hospitals and providers almost every day. This shift in goals and activities is hardly shocking -- a CIO or IT professional in the healthcare field has had to become quite skilled at juggling in the past couple of years. And it appears that those skills are going to prove to be even more necessary in the years ahead.
ONC Town Hall brings attendees' questions to the fore February 23, 2012 | Frank Irving - Editor
Following confirmation that the proposed rules for meaningful use Stage 2 had been submitted to the Federal Register for publication, ONC personnel -- including National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD -- fielded questions from HIMSS12 attendees Wednesday afternoon during the agency’s open-forum Town Hall session.
A two-foot view of EHR adoption January 04, 2012 | Dave Roberts - HIMSS
Now that I’m over 50, I seem to have more and more opportunities to personally meet specialists in the healthcare community. My most recent experience was with a podiatrist in La Jolla, Calif. After complaining for almost six months — to anyone who would listen — that “my feet hurt,” and anticipating the marathon of HIMSS12, I finally called my family doctor who referred me to a local podiatrist. After the podiatrist diagnosed my problem and explained the long-term treatment protocol that would be needed, he asked if I had any other questions for him.

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TSI Healthcare announced today that nineteen (19) of their physician practices had attested to successfully meeting "Meaningful Use" requirements of their ONC-ATCB Certified NextGen™ Electronic Health Records (EHR) Systems. These providers completed data collection last year and participated in the 2011 Stage 1 reporting period for the Federal Government sponsored EHR Incentives program.  These Clients represent the first round of TSI Healthcare's clients expected to participate in the program during the 2011 and 2012 reporting periods.
SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, today announced that Culicchia Neurological Clinic has selected the SRS EHR and SRS Patient Portal for its 17 providers and 3 locations. Culicchia Neurological Clinic has 3 offices in the New Orleans, Louisiana, area and provides high-quality neurological care to patients in the region.
Perfect Care EHR has a proven track record of solving the complexities of the new electronic health record guidelines set by the government.
The non-profit Independent Physicians Association of Nassau/Suffolk Counties today announced a purchase agreement to begin implementing member-providers on Greenway Medical Technologies’ integrated electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solution, PrimeSUITE®.
WebChartMD announced the implementation of a more time and cost-effective technique for generating clinical documentation for Pacific Medical Centers (PMC), in Seattle, WA.  The technique, called partial dictation, allows PMC's healthcare providers to use functionality within the Epic EHR to generate some sections of the patient note while dictating other sections.  The end result is a hybrid model that combines the power of the EHR with the time and cost efficiency of dictation while reducing transcription costs by 89%. 
Practice Fusion has been ranked as a top 10 vendor for successful completions of the federal EMR incentive program by medical professionals, according to data released by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) as of January 2012. As the highest ranked free Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solution listed and one of the youngest vendors participating in the program, Practice Fusion's innovative EMR technology has delivered an estimated $22 million in incentives to small and mid-sized medical practices all across the country. 
 e-MDs, the provider of the nation's most highly rated EHR, announced they have been selected by Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV) as the vendor of choice for the clinic's EHR and practice management system. KKV is a Federally Qualified Health Center that was formed by community leaders in 1972. Its 160 employees (including 13 providers) work to address the social determinants of health by providing comprehensive, culturally-competent health care and social services. Primary and preventive care services including medical, dental, and behavioral health are provided to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. 
WebPT, developer of cloud-based software that makes clinics more efficient, now offers a revenue cycle management service in addition to its industry-leading EHR system for physical therapists. Leveraging a team of deeply experienced billing specialists, WebPT is now offering a complete, turnkey solution to make billing and collections more efficient.

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