EHR Archive

Meaningful Use and EHRs: More than just a Bonus for Providers

Mention the term “meaningful use” to many providers and you are likely to receive a long, agonizing groan in response. Although somewhat hesitant, many providers are, slowly, converting from paper-based records to web based electronic health records (EHRs). Whether this switch was prompted by added convenience, time savings, or an attractive bonus and avoidance of

HHS Says Doctors are Satisfied with their EHR Technology

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service recently issued a press release reporting the results of a national survey of office-based physicians. According to the survey, 55 percent of responding physicians in 2011 said they have adopted at least some EHR technology in their practices. In addition, 85 percent of physicians who have adopted

Podiatry EHR: An EHR that will Work for You

Podiatry is the field of medicine that involves study and diagnoses of foot, ankle and lower leg disorders. The person who specializes in podiatry is called a podiatrist or a doctor of podiatric practice. Within podiatry, there are many other specializations such as surgery, geriatrics, biomechanics and others. Podiatry is practiced as a specialty in

Are House Calls making a Comeback?

Several factors suggest that the old-fashioned practice is returning, thanks in part to an aging population and the many advances in healthcare technology. An Aging Population of baby boomers seems to be creating a growing need for physicians who make house calls. According to the Journal of the American Medical association, house calls to Medicare

Almost $90m paid out to providers as MU incentives!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of E-Health Standards and Services announced yesterday that almost $90 million have been paid out to eligible practices and hospitals under the Meaningful Use EHR incentive program this past September. Robert Anthony, who made the announcement, said that $25 million of the total was paid out to

New EHR-sharing plan introduced by Highmark

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (8/20, Nixon) reports that Pennslyvania’s largest health insurer, Highmark Inc., “is developing its own network to allow doctors and hospitals across Pennsylvania to easily share electronic health records.” Although Highmark “is not ready to release details of the network, known as a health information exchange, such as cost or the hospital systems

Usability as the Essence of EHR Adoption Program

We all know that EHR adoption is encouraged in the healthcare industry and the incentives that the government is willing to give help speed up the conversion process. However, adopting an EHR is just the beginning of the process. The conversion process isn’t complete until all healthcare providers implement it in their practices and keep

Care Connectivity Consortium to Demonstrate Feasibility of Cross-Country Data Exchange

A new Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has been formed to consider the feasibility of cross-country health information exchange and to implement “interoperability tools” by the end of next year. The consortium includes five large integrated delivery systems, all of which are pioneers of EHR technology, including Geisinger Health System, Danville, Group Health Cooperative (GHC), Intermountain

Patients Realize Enhanced Care through EHR

A recent survey conducted by GfK Roper found that the percentage of healthcare providers reported by patients to be using electronic health records (EHR) has not measurably increased from 2010 to 2011.  In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that, although there was increased adoption of EHRs, an estimated 90% of physicians are

ONC Funding for EHR Adoption

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is highly committed to the HITECH Act as it is diligently providing technical support to critical access and rural hospitals for the seamless implementation of EHR systems. In line with that commitment, the ONC recently provided an additional $12 million in funding to 48 regional extension