The Importance of Training in Enterprise EHR Adoption

Physician training plays a key role in enterprise EHR adoption, making it a tool to capture patient data in a hospital or health system. If EHR patient data is to be de-identified and repurposed for population and public health studies, then its capture has to be consistent, accurate, and complete.

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Dr. Heather Haugen serves on the faculty at the University of Colorado in Health Information Technology, where she mentors doctoral students.

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Transitioning from Paper with Electronic Content Management (ECM)

Enterprise Content Management systems, ECM, is an established technology that bridges the transition from paper records to  electronic forms. Perhaps due to unawareness of ECM technology, patient information continues to be scattered across paper records, electronic files, multiple applications, and disparate systems. Most EHRs cannot integrate this information to complete a patient’s medical history.

Sean Morris designs ECM systems that meet the unique needs of healthcare end-users, from solo physicians to multi-location health facilities. Sean Morris designs ECM systems that meet the unique needs of healthcare end-users, from solo physicians … Continue Reading

Technology Levels the Playing Field for Independent Physicians

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John Squire leads a brainstorming session on how Amazing Charts’ EHR can bring prescriptive CME courses as a value-added service to its physician-users.

In addition to the EHR, technology measures are afoot that streamline practice management and better serve patient needs, allowing physicians to choose how to make a living in a profession that they see more as a calling than as a job.

John Squire, the president and chief operating officer of Amazing Charts, an ambulatory EHR software developer discusses how … Continue Reading

Taking the Pain Out of ICD-10 Through Electronic Charge Capture

ICD-9 coding from the late 1970s is getting a drastic facelift with the inevitability of ICD-10.

In the podcast, Dr. Ryan Secan, chief medical officer at MedAptus, a Boston, MA-based software developer offering Electronic Charge Capture, describes the expanded ICD-10 code set and how practices and hospitals can comfortably overcome the challenges that come with adoption.

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Dr. Ryan Secan practices Internal Medicine as a hospitalist at Emerson Hospital, in Concord, MA.

ICD-10 represents enhanced coding and billing for physicians and clinicians … Continue Reading

Google Glass Videos Coming Soon to Your Personal Health Record

One of the near-term technologies soon be seen in the doctor’s office is Google Glass, being tested now by the medical community among its earlier adopters. Its present retail cost will make adoption by consumers difficult at present, but as more tech-savvy users experiment and discover applications for Google Glass, its professional and consumer acceptance will grow as the retail price comes down.

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Analytics Matter for Better Outcomes at Lower Cost

Big Data fuels analytics being adopted by Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) and some hospitals. While still in its early stages, analytics are changing the workflow: how the care delivery team within a system interacts with and interprets data at every point of patient care, from admission, tests, procedures, discharge, on to, perhaps, rehab and long-term care. Expectations are for a generation of new analytic tools leading to better outcomes, at lower cost—the rallying cry of payers these days.

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John Stanley in a principal at Impact Advisors.

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Observations in Eye Care: Thriving in the Age of Stimulus

Five years into the Federal Stimulus that encouraged adoption of electronic health records by physicians and health professionals, the technology has come into its own. HTL covered the EHR in early 2010, in Reform Under the Radar, with Glenn Laffel, MD, #7 in our all-time podcast rankings, with more than 3700 downloads through 2013.

Now we look at an EHR for Eye Care practitioners, optometrists and opticians, with Eyefinity president, Steve Baker. The software developer, a VSP Global company, is located in Rancho Cordova, CA. The Eyefinity EHR, although specialized, ranks 13th … Continue Reading

Identity as a Service (IaaS) and the Federal Healthcare Exchange

Jon Freeman, the CEO of Mycroft, Inc., has been writing code and programming, as he puts it, starting a million years ago. Shortly after graduating from Columbia University, he founded Mycroft in 1988, which today works with Fortune 500 healthcare businesses, banks, insurers, and others.

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Jon Freeman

Through its XSpectra application, Mycroft makes Identity as a Service possible for its customers: businesses that process a high volume of confidential transactions. Identity as a Service is used to establish trust between the individual using the service … Continue Reading

Healthcare Fraud: One Application of Big Data Now

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Harry Jordan of LexisNexis takes listeners into how Big Data is being used to detect healthcare fraud.

The Health division of LexisNexis, a Reed Elsevier company, is using data to detect provider fraud that ends up inflating health costs for each and every one of us, when payers, that is, insurers, employers, and government pay fraudulent claims.

In the podcast interview, Harry estimates that fraud, as distinguished from waste and abuse, eats up 10% of U.S. dollars spent on health care: about $350 billion.

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Easy, Affordable Access to Online Care for Consumers

Telehealth for All is an idea whose time has come, realized in WellPoint’s February 2013 launch of LiveHealth Online. It’s how we, as consumers and patients, can get primary care now from a licensed, board-certified physician for many medical non-emergencies.

In part, this innovation is an answer to the shortage of 63,000 primary care physicians who will be needed in 2015. That number, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, is expected to double by 2025.

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