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The Comprehensive Guide to EHR System Optimization

Posted by Alok Prasad

EHR System Optimization

What can you do to overcome dissatisfaction with your EHR System?

When the federal government implemented its meaningful use initiative as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, medical groups finally started to move toward electronic health records en mass. By 2015, nearly 9 in 10 (87%) of office-based physicians had adopted an EHR, and over 3 in 4 (78%) had adopted a certified EHR, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

However, the dissatisfaction with EHRs continues to rise at an accelerated pace. It has also resulted in physician burnout which in turn can create more patient safety problems. This post addresses the core issue of EHR Optimization and all the facets associated with the process of optimizing an EHR.

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10 Best Practices for Choosing EHR Software

Posted by Healthcare Specialist


Electronic Health Records (EHR) Software

Spotlight on EHR Software Selection Best Practices

Have you ever been frustrated about your current EHR software and did some or all of the following thoughts cross your mind?

  1. This interface is too difficult to navigate!
  2. My vendor takes so long to release updates and bug fixes!
  3. What are all these extra charges on my invoice?!
  4. My vendor's support team is slow to respond and hard to reach!
  5. My EHR doesn't really understand me and my needs.
  6. This system is so hard to learn. I give up!

Current EHR systems have been criticized for causing physician burn-out, hurting the relationship with patients, and as recently mentioned by Shawn Martin, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy, "really all physicians have a disdain for electronic health records.” Yet, certified Health IT is required to be part of a new framework for reimbursing clinicians who successfully demonstrate value over volume in patient care.

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'Real' Documented Benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHR) Software

Posted by EHR Analyst

Benefits of EHR Software

The word is out -- ambulatory practices continue to reap the benefits of adopting integrated EHR platforms. According to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, EHR adoption in the medical practice has doubled since 2008. For the remaining practices failing to seek the benefits of EMR, declining reimbursement tied to MACRA will encourage most of these providers to eventually adopt the technology. One bit of good news for the solo or small practice is that Medicare adoption incentives still exist for the office-based physician practice. But perhaps the best news for physicians reluctant to switch is that there are documented benefits in EHR adoption for both patients and providers.

This article summarizes the top EHR benefits experienced by an ambulatory practice for their patients and practice when deploying the technology.

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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

EHR Replacement - Time to Switch?

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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