Seven Must-Have EHR Features
EHR vendors offer plenty of options to go with your new or existing system. But figuring out which options to buy, and which to pass on, is no easy task when you're already stretching your budget to make your investment ... and vendor sales people are telling you that you just have to have everything.
The truth is, some of these add-ons are vital. Some less so. Here's guidance on deciding which options are must-haves and which are truly "optional."
Don't Let Your New EHR Harm Productivity for Long
Most practices experience a dip in clinician productivity (and revenue) during the transition to a new EHR, as providers learn the system. In fact, the biggest barrier to adoption, according to surveys of doctors, is not the cost of a new system, or fear ofnew technology. It's vital to mitigate and shorten your productivity dip. How to do it? some The article offers simple advice from experts who've managed thousands of transitions.
Don't Buy the Wrong EHR: Seven Tips for Avoiding Others' Mistakes
For many of those still reluctant to adopt EHRs, the greatest fear is that they'll buy the wrong product.
And as EHR adoption has exploded in the wake of the government's Meaningful Use incentive program, there' evidence that buyer's remorse is getting more common.
This article identifies seven mistakes that are commonly made when shopping for EHR systems
Time for an EHR Update?
As technology advances and your business grows, you need your EHR to grow with you. Vendors are constantly making minor software updates; these are usually offered at no charge to their clients. But what about the more ambitious upgrades and options that vendors also offer, for an extra fee. Time for an EHR Update? provides expert advice on deciding when the time is right for an EHR update
To Purchase or Lease- Understanding EHR Financing Options
You need an EHR. So how are you going to pay for it?
This free article will help you sort out the myths from the facts when it comes to EHR-buying. Learn the difference between "client-server" and "cloud-based" systems and discover surprising facts when it comes to their relative costs. And find out your options for raising the cash to purchase the right EHR for you.
Squeeze Every Nickel Out of Your EHR
A good EHR implemented correctly and maximized to its fullest potential can save you thousands a year in wasted time, help you get paid more fairly for the work you do, and let you see more patients. If there's anything worse than a bad investment, it's a good investment that you don't make the most of. Don't let that happen to you. This article will guide you on how to maximize your EHR investment.
Yes, You Really Do Need a Patient Portal
As this article explains, the more patients are able to do for themselves online, like request appointments and prescription refills, review their records, and pay their bills, the more they will love your practice. And the less time your staff will spend on the phone.
Keys to EMR/EHR Success
An EHR does not exist in a technological or organizational vacuum. EHR usefulness will be affected by your processes, staff and your practice management system (PMS). Your PMS can help or hinder your EHR and vice versa. This complimentary eBook chapter from HIMSS Book of the Year, Keys to EMR/EHR Success - Selecting and Implementing an Electronic Medical Record presents key points on how to identify which EHR System best integrates with your practice management system.
To Buy or Lease-Understanding EHR Financing Options
This article will help you sort out the myths from the facts when it comes to EHR-buying. Learn the difference between "client-server" and "cloud-based" systems and discover surprising facts when it comes to their relative costs. And find out your options for raising the cash to purchase the right EHR for you.
EHR ROI (Part 1): How to Measure Return Investment and Why You Should
Calculating an accurate ROI is complex and ambiguous. Whatever you do, don't negate the positive impact of your new EHR by continuing to use paper charts alongside the system.
Ten Tips for Successful EHR Deployment
As healthcare providers complete or plan their adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and paper records migrate to electronic files provided to dozens of healthcare intermediaries, breeches of protected health information are skyrocketing, and so are dissatisfaction rates with EHR solutions. This article from The Journal of Medical Practice Management, provides 10 practical and well outlined tips to ensure a successful EHR system deployment and circumvent the numerous EHR land mines.
Utilizing Patient Portal Functionality within an EMR System
Medical practices nationwide are in the process of implementing and perfecting their newly acquired electronic medical record (EMR) systems. The key to a successful EMR implementation is understanding and optimizing its features once the system has been purchased. The author of the article, from The Journal of Medical Practice Management, shares his experience with implementing an EMR system, specifically the patient portal technology.
A Commonsense Approach to ICD-10 Implementation
Implementation of the ICD-10-CM coding classification has been an on-again, off-again proposition but the new date could be October 1, 2014, or later. The fact is, no one is certain about the date of the future ICD-10 implementation, so perhaps the smartest choice for providers is to proceed with steps to continue their ICD-10 implementation. This article, from The Journal of Medical Practice Management, will take a look at a sensible approach to implementation.
Patient Experiences at Primary Care Practices Using EHR
Practices using EHRs should routinely ask and record patients' preferred communicationmethods and communicate using individual patientpreferences. This article from The Journal of Medical Practice Management discusses the results of patients surveyed before and after EHR implementation amoung primary care practices in NYC.
3 Pieces of Data You Should Be Collecting (And Likely Aren’t)
We've all heard the term "big data" applied to healthcare. But what does it mean?
What's known is that practices like yours will have to start collecting and reporting on more - and more sophisticated - data about your patients. But what kind of data? And what will you be expected to do with it?
ABCs of Meaningful Use
Meaningful Use is here, and it offers your practice a real opportunity to collect substantial incentive payments. But what exactly is it? How do you qualify? How do you get started? And most importantly, how and when do you get paid? This whitepaper wlll answer all of these questions and provide details of how to register and report on your use of electronic medical records software.
A Thoughtful Approach to Successful EHR Implementation
According to the New England Journal of Medicine only 4% of physicians have successfully implemented and are currently using a full electronic health record (EHR) system. This whitepaper describes some of the most common pitfalls of EHR implementation and offers suggestions on how to create an implementation plan to achieve successful outcomes across all areas of your practice.
An EHR system can make your life a lot easier. It simplifies and codifies documentation; it never forgets; and it gives you quicker access to vital information.
But all that robust simplicity can also present chances to cut corners, and ways to save time that you should avoid. Whether you're still shopping for an EHR, installing one now, or a veteran user, you need a clear understanding of the "EHR No-No's" to keep yourself on the right side of the line. Just click here to learn more.
Know Your EHR'S Hidden Features
You bought your EHR because you wanted to chart electronically, reduce paper, and have a modern system of tracking your patients' records. Or maybe you did it because you felt you had to; Or maybe you are researching a new EHR. You might be surprised by the number of value-driving features that your EHR offers. Many practices fail to take full advantage of the systems they own, only to worry that they aren't driving enough value.
Mobile EHRs: Why They Matter
Mobile capability is a vital element of modern EHR technology. Find out what why mobile EHR users report higher levels of satisfaction with their systems than those using non-mobile systems--and how you can join them.
Why Asking “How Much Does it Cost?” is the Wrong Way to Start EHR Shopping
The most costly mistake a practice can make is not paying "too much" for the perfect system. It's buying the wrong system, enduring the lost productivity and frustration of implementing it, eventually scrapping it, and then buying a new system. Find out, instead, the right - and ultimately less expensive -- way to go about the process by clicking here.
Need Versus Costs: Understanding EHR Data Migration Options
This white paper helps you navigate new data-migration decisions when replacing your EHR system. Key considerations and "must-haves" for effective data migration decisions are included as well as strategies on how to address the change.
Four Things to Consider Before Switching EHRs
You're not alone if you are fed up with your EHR. In fact, as more practices adopt EHR systems, more are getting tired of technical glitches, slowed productivity, and poor usability. An EHR vendor relationship is a bit like marriage: Easier to get into than out of, and the consequences of a breakup can be severe. This white paper explains what you must know before you call it quits on your existing EHR.
Mobile Devices and HIPAA
Most physicians and staff are happier with their EHR systems when they have remote access to them via phones and tablets. But the use of mobile devices presents special security challenges, especially for organizations that allow employees to take their own devices to work. And HIPAA creates legal consequences for those practices that fail to ensure patient privacy. Learn the three biggest risks, and what to do about them.
The Six Signs You Need to Switch Your EHR
With so many practices acquiring new EHR systems over the last several years, it was inevitable that some users would find themselves dissatisfied with the systems they bought. The idea of going through another selection process may seem daunting. But sometimes it's your best option. Here are six signs that you should indeed think seriously about switching EHRs.
Improving EHR Data Conversions
No one should be stuck with an EHR system that isn't working for them. Imagine being able to switch from any EHR to any EHR freely without losing vital patient data. The concept is unique, but with an overall national EHR failure rate over 60%, physicians need the option of selecting new products without the risk of losing their patient's data. This white paper discusses the value of "data conversion" prior to going live on a new EHR product.
Do EHRs increase Liability?
This white paper identifies several medico-legal issues posed by EHR adoption that should be considered by
those who wish to minimize the risks to vendors, providers and the medical liability industry. The authors
encourage each at-risk organization to perform a liability assessment within the next 12 months so that they do not become the losing party in new case law.
Connectivity Issues in EHR implementation
Over the past five years, most medical practices have not realized the majority of the cost savings that were promised by the various EHR vendors. One reason for the failure is inconsistent software connectivity. This white paper highlight two case studies dealing with physician dissatisfaction with their software speed and reliability because of connectivity issues.
5 Ways EHRs Help Practices Avoid HIPAA Violations
Many changes have been made to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) since it was first introduced in 1996. The most recent--and sweeping--change is known as the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, which took effect in September 2013. Following are five ways EHRs can help you protect PHI and remain HIPAA compliant.