Category: Healthcare Industry News

  • Report: Adoption of EHRs by Family Physicans to Exceed 80% in 2013

    Date: February 4th, 2013Source: Annals of Family MedicineTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Primary Care
    Two independent data sets yielded convergent results, showing that adoption of EHRs by family physicians has doubled since 2005, exceeding other office-based physicians as a group, and is likely to surpass 80% by 2013. Adoption varies at a state level. Further monitoring of trends in EHR adoption and characterizing their capacities are important to achieve comprehensive data exchange necessary for better, affordable health care.
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  • The Truth Behind "Free" EHRs

    Date: January 25th, 2013Source: Healthcare Technology Online Topics: EHRs
    Everyone loves free stuff. There’s just something so intoxicating about receiving a product or service without having to shell out your hard-earned dollars in return. Doctors aren’t immune to this sensation. This is one of the reasons several “free” ambulatory EHR platforms have become so popular with physician practices — particularly independent practitioners. However, for this demographic, a free EHR can mean more than a sense of euphoria. In many cases, the ability to sidestep the often substantial upfront costs necessary to implement an EHR can keep a practice from shutting its doors or physicians from taking an early retirement.
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  • EHR Adoption Pitfalls, Strategies to Overcome Problems Are Focus of White Paper

    Date: January 23rd, 2013Source: AAFP News Now Topics: EHRs, Primary Care
    The ability of primary care practices to successfully adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs) is driven, in large part, by how well they integrate EHRs into six major practice areas. That's according to a white paper recently issued by Qualis Health, a nonprofit health care consulting company that manages the Washington and Idaho Regional Extension Center (WIREC).
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  • Growing Pains As Doctors' Offices Adopt Electronic Records

    Date: January 22nd, 2013Source: National Public RadioTopics: EHRs, Physician Workflow
    Information technology has transformed much of the American economy, but its use in health care still lags, especially when it comes to electronic medical records. Here's an example: The state of Colorado runs a computerized registry where any provider who gives a child a vaccine can report that information. The system should help kids stay current with their immunizations. But the state's computer system isn't compatible with most of the ones doctors use, so many practices don't update the central database because it's just too much extra data entry, says Dr. Allison Kempe, director of the Children's Outcomes Research Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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  • ONC Contest Finds Ways to Make EHRs More Readable, Patient-Friendly

    Date: January 15th, 2013Source: Health Data ManagementTopics: EHRs, Health IT
    The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT has announced winners of a contest to convert printed text-based electronic health records into far more consumer-friendly versions. The goal is to make it easier for consumers to find and understand information in a printed record, whether downloaded via the government-funded Blue Button technology or through proprietary vendor technology.
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  • EHR Adoption Could Exceed 80% by 2013, New Study Finds

    Date: January 15th, 2013Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: EHRs, Meaningful Use, Primary Care
    Family physicians are adopting electronic health records (EHRs) at a much faster rate than previous data suggested, reaching a nearly 70% adoption rate nationwide, new study findings reveal. The study, published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, shows EHR adoption by family physicians has doubled since 2005, with researchers estimating that the adoption rate will exceed 80% by 2013.
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  • Ten Tech Predictions for Medical Practices in 2013

    Date: January 11th, 2013Source: Physicians PracticeTopics: HIE, EHRs, Health IT
    Yes, portals and mobile EHRs were big in 2012 — but will they continue to make headlines in 2013? And what about stuff like ICD-10 training, health information exchanges (HIEs), and telemedicine? We asked more than a dozen healthcare IT experts, including physicians, consultants, and administrators, to give us their predictions for the coming year. Here’s what we’re hearing, technology-wise...
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  • Consumers Now Call for Meaningful Use

    Date: January 10th, 2013Source: Healthcare IT NewsTopics: Meaningful Use, Patient Engagement
    Meaningful use -- it's not just for healthcare providers anymore. Patients are paying attention to what meaningful use of electronic health data entails and why it's important; they're understanding, and now they want it. The federal government's ambitious plan to drive health IT adoption worked its way into the conversation Jan. 7 at the Digital Health Summit, a two-day workshop in the midst of the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas.
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