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According To Struggling Hospitals, EMRs Help Reduce Costs

Modern unhealthy lifestyles, struggling national health services, and ageing population will increase the demand for Electronic Medical Records (EMR), as per the latest reports from GBI Research. This new report has revealed that ICT is to play an important role in future medical care, as more efficient administration of the different medical practices will be

Get Ready For ICD 10 Transition

ICD or International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Problems is a module prepared by the World Health Organization. This medical classification includes the various codes for diseases, complaints, abnormal findings, signs, causes of an injury, cause of a disease, social circumstances, etc. Now, the WHO has revised this list with the all-new ICD 10.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 – Why Is It Essential

Meaningful Use refers to the measure that prompts the medical providers to implement and utilize electronic health records (EHR) in healthcare centers. By digitalizing the healthcare industry, the overall quality of the care and facilities provided to the patients is improved, thereby ensuring more safety to the patients. Stage 1 of Meaningful Use includes 13

Healthcare’s Worst Nightmare: Anthem Breach

According to Anthem’s website, one in nine Americans receives coverage for medical care through Anthem’s affiliated plans. Despite being a data storage powerhouse, Anthem failed to encrypt consumer data which surprisingly is not against the law. Anthem, the country’s second largest health insurer was hacked recently compromising names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers etc.

Non-Certified EHRs A Common Hurdle To Stage 2 Attestation

Physicians and doctors around the country have expressed doubts regarding the advisability of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation requirements issued by CMS. A significant number of practices wonder whether they can achieve the requisites within the allotted time. With the outlook being far from promising from the transitional perspective, the reason for most practices

Healthcare Organizations Need To Accept Accountable Care Arrangements

As per recent reports, major healthcare providers and healthcare IT companies have started to accept accountable care arrangements as an option to improve the healthcare facilities. Using these arrangements results in cutting down the overall cost involved as well as improving the patient care and thus, enhancing health management. Accountable care organizations or ACOs look

ICD-10 To Roll Out In 9

Good news for medical billing companies! The most anticipated ICD-10 is about to roll out in another 9 months, which will revive all the coding systems that are in use until now. ICD-10 PCS and ICD-10 CM were initially adopted in February 2014 with an implementation date a year after. So, the time delay in

Challenges Faced In Exchanging Health Data

According to the recent reports by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), several issues were faced by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2014. Among these, the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic health data was the most common one. In fact, the agency reviewed the common challenges faced last year

Recommendations by Physicians to Change Meaningful Use Program

Recently, several physicians made recommendations about the changes that needed to be implemented on the Meaningful Use Attestation program. The American Medical Association (AMA) made such proposals to federal regulators to make sure that the physicians make the best use of EHR or electronic health record systems. Among the recommendations that the American Medical Association

Artificial Intelligence Integration With EHR On The Cards

Recent statistics have highlighted that over 400,000 Americans die as a direct result of medical mistakes. To get a correct picture, the number will be equivalent to the number of deaths if the largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A-380 crashes every day, for an entire year! This comparison was pointed out by Forbes Contributor Dan