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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.