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Top 10 EHR Software Selection Criteria

Posted by Alok Prasad


Replacing Your EHR Software?

Implementing Electronic Health Records (EHR) Software is no longer optional, there is enough research that documents improved productivity levels and efficiency gained by EHR Software implementation. Although large physician practices may have financial flexibility to implement an EHR with bells and whistles that drive up the price point, small practices often don’t have this luxury. In times of decreasing reimbursement and increasing regulatory demands, small practices must partner with an EHR vendor that can offer the most “bang for the buck,” allowing physicians to focus on what they do best: Generate revenue by providing top-notch clinical care to patients.

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7 Reasons Why Cloud-based Orthopedic EMR Is Better for Your Orthopedics Clinic

Posted by Alok Prasad

In a statement to Orthopedics Today , American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Internet Communications Chair Herbert Alexander, MD said, “After having a totally electronic office for two years, I would never go back to using paper charts, as EMRs have improved my efficiency and quality of care. Life is better with an EMR.” Indeed, EHRs offer many benefits to 21st century orthopedic practices. However, the degree to which they positively impact workflow, patient care, and ROI varies according to the EHR system. One way to ensure optimal outcomes across all measures? Make the switch to a cloud-based orthopaedic EMR. Read on for seven reasons why cloud-based EHRs are the best choice for today’s orthopedic clinics.

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Providers: Mobile Healthcare Revolution Can Change Your Life. Adopt It.

Posted by Alok Prasad


There’s no doubt that mobile healthcare—often referred to as mHealth—has the ability to transform healthcare as we know it. Mobile health technology, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, tablets, and other wireless devices allow physicians to make decisions quickly at the point of care. These devices are revolutionizing the way in which physicians diagnose, treat, and communicate with patients.

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EHR Software: Adoption Continues to Grow Despite Challenges

Posted by Alok Prasad

EHR Adoption Rates

Physician adoption of electronic health records (EHR) has certainly increased over the last decade thanks in part to Meaningful Use (MU) incentives. In 2013, 78% of office-based physicians used some type of EHR system, up from only 18% in 2001, according to the 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Physician Workflow Study. However, adoption rate varies widely by state, ranging from 21% in New Jersey to 83% in North Dakota, according to the data.

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Finding a Replacement EHR Software - Some Do's and Don'ts!

Posted by Alok Prasad

With a push for electronic healthcare records from many agencies--as well as vendor promises for efficiency and increased cash flow--many providers now find themselves married to EHR systems that aren't doing everything the provider needs or wants. Switching EHRs is always an option, but before you divorce your current system, it is important to ask yourself some questions to avoid common mistakes when replacing an EHR.

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EHR Replacement - 9 Signs That It Is Time To Make The Switch!

Posted by Alok Prasad

Should You Be Looking to Replace Your EHR?

With over 50 percent of physicians actively using EHR systems, is it time to start thinking replacement? A 2013 Black Book poll shows that 81 percent of providers want to replace EHR platforms they find cumbersome and antiquated. Initial offerings in this technology were plagued with poor features and clunky interfaces, but current designs add functionality and upgraded enhancements like ePrescription.

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5 Easy Ways to Maximize Use of Your EHR System After Implementation

Posted by Alok Prasad

According to a study from Baylor Health Care System and the Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement, it takes approximately 134 hours per physician for medical practice end-users to prepare for the launch of an EHR system. That's on top of around 600 hours of implementation work by a core team. With so much time spent implementing an EHR system, medical practices want to get maximum value from the end product without added expense.

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Orthopedic EHR Software Selection Checklist for Small Clinics

Posted by Alok Prasad

Should an orthopedic clinic choose an orthopedic specific EMR or multi-specialty EHR which can support a number of other specialties? In the early development phase of EHR software, the general conscious was a one-size-fits-all system would work for any practice regardless of field. For years, however, specialty physicians have been pointing out the deficiency of systems created for primary care, according to EHR Intelligence.

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EHR Software & The Future of Medicine and Biometrics

Posted by Alok Prasad

As technology continues to shape and evolve the medical industry, the link between biometrics and medicine continues to play a huge part in how patients, physicians and healthcare facilities interact. There are two distinctive dimensions within the biometric field: Health biometrics and Medical biometrics. Both play an important part in the progression of how the medical industry continues to use technology to shape its systems in patient care and safety.

What exactly is biometrics and why is there such a push toward using biometric data in the healthcare field?

Biometrics is the use of data that identifies an individual and is only identifiable through core elements of their composition, such as a hand print or a retinal identifier. With so many different levels of fraud and identity theft, the medical industry must continuously find new ways in which to protect a patient’s information. Using biometrics in the healthcare industry has quite a few advantages:

  • The likelihood of confusing patient records is slim;
  • A physician can access an electronic health record more efficiently;
  • It provides a secure way of keeping patient and physician information private.

Recent studies show that fingerprint recognition currently dominates the biometrics market by 50%, with projections of the technology to continuously grow. The use of biometrics also enhances the patient experience, providing an easier and efficient platform for healthcare professionals. As this technology continues to be implemented across the industry, the role of healthcare facilities will be affected, shifting the role of ER departments into dispatch centers. This will help patient outcomes, improve patient care, and allow treatment to become more specialized, allowing patients to also become empowered to participate in working to improve their health.

Not only does biometrics help by establishing effective protocols, but also works on the administrative side to help in the reduction of costs and patient errors. Using electronic health records (EHRs) and personal health records (PHRs) has been a great development within the industry, and further developments in medical biometrics reinforce the successes of this system-wide approach.

Medical biometrics differs from health biometrics in a number of ways. These systems incorporate the medical elements and technology from statistics, biology, medicine, consumer electronics and other specialties within the field to aid diagnosis and therapy for patient care. Medical biometrics:

  • Includes biorhythm recordings and various digital images
  • Are primarily used for therapy and diagnostic recordings
  • Uses the personal medical data and evaluation to diagnose and resolve medical issues
  • Helps to provide quality services

Will biometrics shape the future of healthcare as we know it?

The answer is yes. Although there are many different concerns and challenges that consistently come to the forefront, companies and healthcare professionals embrace this technology as a viable solution to privacy-related issues. As this trend continues to grow, industry standards must be adequately developed to assist in alleviating any breaches that may occur within the different forms in use: voice, fingerprint, retinal and others. Additionally, there are issues with some systems that do not work as well as they should which poses a problem in the healthcare field. Systems in use must continuously be updated and protected against flaws and human error. As biometrics goes beyond retrieving records and shifts into how individuals pick up medications and other specialized treatments, cal fields. The most important thing to remember – consistency is key.

With biometrics being used in a number of industries, there must be a level of security that is specific to the medical industry to ensure safety, security and a continued effort to abide by industry standards and HIPAA laws. New technology continues to automate and integrate biometrics into their systems, such as with coding compliance and other regulatory controls to hold individuals accountable for their work and errors. As the industry continues to shift, the healthcare and medical industries must shift as well. For more information visit revenuexl.com.

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Cloud-based EHR vs. Server-based EHR

Posted by Suzanne Prasad

EMR & Medical Billing Best Practices Series: #8

Cloud based EHR Software - Facing Off with Server-based EHR Software

In our blog's best practice series for electronic health record implementations, we recently covered the need for planning and process mapping when shopping for an EHR. We also highlighted some tips for involving staff in the EHR implementation process, specifically with regarding to training. Before moving from planning to training, another essential decision your medical office needs to make is whether a server-based or cloud-based EHR is best suited to your needs.

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