A think tank with a healthcare task force chaired by former Senators Tom Daschle, a Democrat, and Bill Frist, MD, a Republican, is advocating for improved and better-used health information technology. Among the group's recommendations is "robust" data exchange. MORE

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New generation of physicians: new EHR demands January 26, 2012 | Ash Mehta, MBA - CEO of PatientClick
Having grown up with computers in the classroom, videogames in the family room and cell phones in their cargo pants’ pockets, today’s Gen Y and Gen X doctors are more than ready to ditch the paper and to fully embrace the use of computers in the practice of medicine.
RECs' continued funding hinges on 'positive' biennial reviews January 20, 2012 | Frank Irving - Editor
At the end of January, ONC will have completed performance evaluations of 32 RECs at the midpoint of their funding cycle. Those that fail to achieve an overall positive review and do not comply with corrective action within 60 days will be defunded.
Interview with Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of MGMA-ACMPE January 20, 2012 | Frank Irving - Editor
Susan Turney, MD, who became president and CEO of MGMA-ACMPE (formerly Medical Group Management Association -- MGMA) in October 2011, is eminently qualified to speak about physician and practice manager roles within the U.S. healthcare environment. In mid-December 2011, PhysBizTech interviewed Turney, with a focus on current issues for small physician practices. A transcript of that interview follows.
Welcome to PhysBizTech January 19, 2012 | Frank Irving - Editor
Through five core content areas — Business, Technology, Patient Care, Compliance and Professional Development — PhysBizTech will deliver daily news coverage on topics such as meaningful use, ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010, as well as how-to advice on practice management issues including Medicare/Medicaid payment policies, billing and collections, outsourcing, process improvement, and staff hiring and development.
When Thomas Pascuzzi, M.D. opened his first MD Urgent Care clinic in 2008 in Albuquerque, N.M., he sought a fast and easy way for him and his six full-time physicians to document, access and archive patient encounters electronically. But like many ambulatory care practices operating on tight budgets, getting onboard the technology bandwagon was financially out of the question. Nonetheless, this all-too-familiar conundrum quickly turned into opportunity.
Top 5 HIE roadblocks January 05, 2012 | GHIT Staff
Just as young businesses of most any sort must circumvent myriad challenges to succeed, health providers are encountering multiple roadblocks in the implementation of HIEs. At the core of those: financial sustainability. The root of many, perhaps, money is neither the only problem, nor the most trying.
When implementing PCMH, listen to docs - but talk to them too January 04, 2012 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
The emerging patient-centered medical home (PCMH) approach to primary care is talked about a lot these days – but that doesn't mean everyone is necessarily eager to jump in head first. At the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting, one project manager shared his tips for spurring adoption.
Americans not ready to use social media to talk to their doc January 04, 2012 | Molly Merrill - Associate Editor
Americans may not be embracing social media as a way to communicate with their providers, but they aren't opposed to using the Internet for more administrative functions such as billing, accessing their records and setting appointments.

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Despite being identified as an essential tool to support quality care initiatives, improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs, EMR and EHR systems have been stuck in a slow growth cycle. However, pressure is quickly mounting on caregivers to adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of EMR/EHR technology. Healthcare Informatics Research recently interviewed nearly 500 healthcare organizations to shed light on the current state of EMR/EHR adoption. Download this report to discover how organizations are overcoming obstacles to adoption, how they're benefitting from EMR/EHR solutions, and where the industry is going next.

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