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EHR usability: A small-practice imperative June 21, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
EHR usability: A small-practice imperative
A recent report from industry research firm KLAS rated athenaClinicals highest among ambulatory EMR systems in terms of go-live and current-state usability. In the following Q&A, Jasmine Gee, director of product marketing for athenahealth, explains why usability is "absolutely key" in the small-practice realm.
Start ICD-10 testing now, expert advises June 20, 2013 | Diana Manos
Start ICD-10 testing now, expert advises
"Start with whatever you have," Mark Lott, CEO of Lott QA Group, told attendees of the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum on June 17. There is plenty that can be done without waiting for everything to be installed first, he said.
Consumers seek mobile connections June 20, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Consumers seek mobile connections with doctors
A newly released survey conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay reveals that one-third of Internet-using adults would like to use smartphones or tablets to make appointments, receive medical test results or communicate with their physician.
Majority of docs in emerging care models June 19, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Majority of physicians in emerging care models
A new survey conducted by health IT company eClinicalWorks finds 53 percent of physicians and other industry professionals are participating in nontraditional care delivery models such as accountable care organizations and patient centered medical homes.
ICD-10 deadline will hold steady June 18, 2013 | Diana Manos
ICD-10 deadline will hold steady
The cutoff for switching from the ICD-9 medical coding system to ICD-10 will remain Oct. 1, 2014, according to Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national coordinator for healthcare IT, who delivered the keynote address June 17 at the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum in National Harbor, Md.
FDA advises cyber security for devices June 17, 2013 | Diana Manos
FDA advises cyber security for devices
In a June 13 safety communication, the Food and Drug Administration warned medical device manufacturers, hospitals, medical device user facilities, healthcare IT and procurement staff, and biomedical engineers to put safeguards in place to reduce the risk of cyber attack.
Doctors voice job unhappiness June 14, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Doctors voice unhappiness with current employment
A survey of more than 3,400 doctors conducted by Jackson Healthcare found that 42 percent of practicing physicians are dissatisfied in their job. Some are thinking about leaving medicine altogether, while others are considering early retirement, according to the survey report released June 11.
Physicians side with tablets June 13, 2013 | Mike Miliard - Managing Editor
Most physicians feel that tablet computers such as the iPad are better suited for care delivery than smartphones, according to a new survey of nearly 1,400 doctors.

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Complete testing urged for hep C patients May 10, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Complete testing urged for hepatitis C patients
Many people who test positive on an initial hepatitis C test are not receiving the necessary follow-up testing to determine if their body has cleared the virus or if they are still infected, according to Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day; this article includes CDC's recommendations for who should be tested.
How to optimize your EHR May 08, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In his session at the Health IT Summit in Boston on May 7, Larry Garber, MD, outlined these steps as imperative to achieving success with any EHR system, drawing upon experience and even the institution of marriage to cement for practice managers a meaningful strategy into an EHR future.
Deadline looms for 2014 eRx adjustment May 08, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
June 30 deadline looms for 2014 eRx payment adjustment
Individual eligible professionals and group practices participating in the Group Practice Reporting Option must successfully report as an electronic prescriber before June 30, 2013, in order to avoid a 2014 payment adjustment for professional services covered under Medicare Part B's Physician Fee Schedule.
Adapting to meaningful use May 06, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Adapting to meaningful use
One of the biggest challenges of meaningful use is getting acclimated to the change in workflow, according to Mike Jordan, MD, of East Lake Pediatrics P.A. in Trinity, Fla. Even though the practice has been using an EMR since 2004, staff still had to adjust to how they were using the technology to meet meaningful use.
Q&A on EHR incentive audits May 02, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
What you should know about EHR incentive audits
Elizabeth Holland, director of the HIT Initiatives Group within CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services, shares details about pre- and post-payment audits currently underway and expected to impact between 5 and 10 percent of eligible providers who have attested for meaningful use.
EHRs and mobility: Right from the start May 01, 2013 | Samantha McCollough - Marketing Manager at iDatix
EHRs and mobility: Getting it right from the start
The key to successful EHR and mobile adoption is that it is done through the right approach. Read on for three essentials to getting started on a positive track.
Aligning with vendors on ICD-10 readiness April 30, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Aligning with vendors on ICD-10 readiness
In an electronic update issued April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offered the following list of questions that will assist you in assessing your vendor's capabilities in preparation for the ICD-10 transition. The agency also provided tips for keeping communications open during the process.
Mitigating the EHR productivity dip April 30, 2013 | David Doyle - CEO of CRT Medical Systems
Mitigating the inevitable EHR productivity dip
Even though EHR systems, when properly selected and deployed, will inevitably drive up physician productivity over time, research shows that productivity does decline for a while after implementation. The key to surviving it is to take steps to mitigate that decline and keep it as brief as possible. Here are some tips to help you do that.

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5 ICD-10 challenges that may surprise healthcare providers March 28, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
In addition to learning new medical codes and buying new technology, healthcare organizations will challenges in several areas.
Say it ain't so, HIPAA! March 27, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Dear, HIPAA: Are you a tool to protect, or are you a gag in the mouth of good care?
PHR provider connects with medical practice network March 26, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Physicians who participate in a new program will no longer find it necessary to charge patients for the costs associated with providing patients copies of their personal health information.
10 reasons why doctors make great entrepreneurs March 25, 2013 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
Conventional wisdom has it that "doctors are lousy buinesspeople" and, what's more, they should just take care of patients and leave the business stuff to someone else. In my opinion, the first part is not true and the second part is no longer sustainable.
Doctors urged to hang on for more useful EHRs March 20, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
It's not a stretch to assume that EHR technology will continue to evolve. However, assurance of a "better" future may not be much consolation to providers who are wondering when, if ever, they're going to see a return on their substantial investment.
Getting engaged March 19, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Asking medical records to engage patients is like asking a dictionary to tell a story.
mHealth hearings scheduled for this week March 18, 2013 | Tom Martin - Manager, mHIMSS
Three days of testimony will focus on smartphones, tablets and mobile apps.
To care or to document, that is the question March 15, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
What is the primary purpose of an EHR, and how, accordingly, should it be structured?

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International Rehabilitative Sciences, Inc., d/b/a RS Medical, announced it has launched distribution of Terason’s Ultrasound Systems. Terason is an industry leader and innovator with the integration of their patented micro-system technology and commercial laptop platform. The t3200™ MSK Series is the first fully-functional, high-performance, portable ultrasound system designed specifically for musculoskeletal (MSK) professionals. This system, with its best-in-class image quality and intuitive interface, enable physicians to easily scan, quickly diagnose or accurately inject a variety of MSK pain conditions.
Orion Health, the leader in health information exchange (HIE) and healthcare integration solutions, and the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE), today announced that NC HIE has expanded the reach and capabilities of the statewide HIE with the implementation of Orion Health Direct Secure Messaging, a secure communications network that will provide healthcare organizations throughout the state with an additional means of safely sharing health data between physicians and facilities. The success marks the latest milestone for NC HIE's development of a robust exchange that connects providers, hospitals and public health departments throughout North Carolina. NC HIE already relies on Orion Health HIE, powered by Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine, Clinical Data Repository and Clinical Portal, as the technology backbone for the statewide exchange.
GNAX Health, Acuo Technologies and Client Outlook, have announced the formation of a new strategic alliance to provide an integrated and simplified solution for medical image access, exchange and management.
Business Valuation Resources (BVR) and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) are pleased to announce The AHLA/BVR Guide to Healthcare Valuation, Third Edition, edited by renowned healthcare valuation thought leader, Mark Dietrich, CPA/ABV.
TriMed Technologies, a provider of physician based healthcare information solutions, has announced the release of Version 7.1 of e-Medsys, their ONC-ATCB certified EHR.
Health Language, Inc. (HLI), the global leader in healthcare terminology management, today announced that NextGen Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, has selected its Language Engine (LE) and provider-friendly terminology (PFT) to enhance physician documentation and billing workflow.
Hello Health, a vendor in revenue-generating EMR and patient management technology, and 5 O’clock Records, an innovator in medical request platforms, today announced a partnership where physicians using the Hello Health platform will be able to share medical records digitally through the 5 O’clock Records solution. Through this relationship, physicians are able not only to manage patient communication and medical information through Hello Health, but also fill requests for medical records online using the 5 O’clock Record platform. This streamlines several processes which optimizes efficiency in the practice.
CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR) and medical billing software and services, today announced that Doctors Access, Inc., a nearly 20 year old practice management company and a division of iPractice Group, has entered into a unique partnership with CareCloud. Through this agreement, Doctors Access will utilize CareCoud’s platform in its new cloud-based practice management offering, Doctors Access Pro™, which will be made available to the approximately 500 current users of the Doctors Access practice management software.

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