The Leading Trends in Health Information Privacy for the New Year

With the dawn of 2011, new trends are emerging with respect to healthcare privacy and the use of technology. Medical and healthcare experts predict that with the advent of huge patient information databases and digital files, the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) will be increasingly at risk. Illegal access to information, violation of privacy

Clinical Decision Support Systems – A Step Towards Automated Imaging

According to the January issue of the Journal of American College of Radiology, a research study was recently conducted showing that inadequate medical imaging can be decreased by the proper use of Clinical Decision Support Systems (DSS). A clinical decision support system is normally used to aid decision making at the ordering end of imaging

MTBC’s Automated Appointment Reminder Calls Significantly Decrease No-Show Rates

A recent study conducted at Johns Hopkins University concluded that the average show rates for healthcare practices are 58%, meaning that average no-show rates are a staggering 42%.  In fact, the most common reason for a missed appointment was a simple “I forgot.” An average practice loses an estimated $2,400/month* because of “I forgot.” Many

AMA Develops New Models of Healthcare to Ultimately Benefit Patients and the Healthcare System

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently has developed a plan to encourage competition and innovation in order to benefit patients and the healthcare system.  The AMA calls its model of patient care the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and at the heart of these ACOs will be physicians, removing the need for consolidation under a hospital

AMA Asks HHS to Revise the Medicare e-Rx Policy

According to current Medicare regulations, any physician that is not e-prescribing in the first six months of 2011 will be penalized in 2012.  The American Medical Association (AMA), believing this punitive regulation to be a hindrance to proper widespread healthcare IT adoption and implementation, is urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to

MTBC’s PHR Gives Patients Unprecedented Access to Their Personal Health Information

One of the newest features offered by MTBC as part of its 5% billing and practice management solution is MTBC PHR (Personal Health Records).  PHR allows patients to access to their past and current health information directly from their physician’s website.  With PHR, patients can record, track and even store their important health information in

Survey Shows Healthcare Providers Are Not Ready to Achieve Meaningful Use

According to the 2011 Black Book Ranking’s user survey, an estimated 90% of healthcare providers that have purchased EMR technology are already astray in meeting their goals for achieving “meaningful use.”  The user survey ranked the top EMR vendors for 2011 on a basis of key performance indicators, one of which was “meaningful use.” About

The White House Urges Standards for Health Information Exchange

In a White House report published on December 8th, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) advocated the adoption of standards (i.e., a universal exchange language) to enable healthcare providers to exchange patient health information in real-time.  The White House urged the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for

MTBC’s E-Prescribing Application 100% Approved by SureScripts®

It is very pleased to announce that mtbc has achieved 100% approval from Surescripts®—both for the web-based e-prescribing application offered through its website as well as for MTBC iRx, its e-prescribing app designed specifically for use with Apple® mobile devices.   Unlike other vendors who offer e-prescribing capability through a third party provider, MTBC has developed

Senate Passes One-Month Reprieve for Medicare Pay Cuts

The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill on November 18th that will postpone a 23% cut in Medicare physician pay that was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2010.  The House is expected to take up the Senate bill after Thanksgiving.  Nonetheless, even if the house follows suit and approves the bills, physicians