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EMR Implementation & HITECH Act Blog

A blog for doctors and medical office staff seeking assistance with EMR and the HITECH Act.

04/26
2010

Research Shows That Electronic Medical Records Save Babies’ Lives

We talk a lot in this blog about the financial aspects of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), and with good reason ñ they can entail a substantial investment in time and money.† But it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the purpose of all that investment ñ to save lives.

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04/19
2010

NIST Begins Rolling Out EHR Performance Testing Program

There are hundreds and hundreds of Electronic Health Record software packages in the marketplace that claim to be capable of allowing you to establish meaningful use, but how do you know if those claims are true?† So far there has not been an impartial, independent way to determine the truthfulness of a vendor’s claims.

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04/12
2010

EMRs Pose New Questions About The Privacy Of And Access To Medical Records

You know those rows and rows of medical records sitting in your file cabinets?† Who owns them?† Do you, as the health care provider who created those records own them?† How about the health insurance company that paid you for that work?† Or the patients, whose private health information those records contain?

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04/07
2010

MIPPA Provides Incentives for E-Prescribing

American health care providers write close to 3 billion prescriptions per year, according to a number of estimates, with about 80% of them being written by hand.† A recent study conducted by the Weill Cornell Medical School in New York found that about 4 of every 10 handwritten prescriptions had an error while the rate of errors found in electronic prescriptions is around one-seventh of that, or about 6%.

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04/05
2010

Ten Keys To A Successful CPOE Implementation

One of the keys to achieving meaningful use and thus being able to qualify for federal incentive payments for the implementation of EMRs is the use of Computerized Physician Order Entry.† What exactly is CPOE and how can it be implemented successfully?

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03/31
2010

Another Country’s Experience: Health Information Technology (HIT) Can Work and Work Well

As the American health care system takes its first steps toward implementing a comprehensive national system of electronic medical records, can we learn anything from other countries?† Is there anywhere else in the world that’s been there and done that?

According to a new Commonwealth Fund report the answer is yes.

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03/29
2010

HIT Safety Concerns Spotlighted by FDA, HHS and Senator Grassley

We’re less than a year into the implementation of the HITECH Act signed into law by an administration that wants every American to have an EMR by 2014, and questions are already being raised as to the safety of Health Information Technology.† It looks more and more like error and adverse event reporting will be an integral part of implementation of EHRs.† Both Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to start tracking errors caused or created by EMRs, EHRs and other health information technologies.

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03/24
2010

Massachusetts Receives $24 Million in HIT Funding

Massachusetts, long a leader in the delivery of quality medical care to its citizens, has just received more than $24 million from the federal government to speed the adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) throughout the Commonwealth.

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03/22
2010

Financing of EMRs Carries Both Risks and Rewards

Physicians looking to adopt Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are facing an interesting dilemma.† Incentive money won’t be available from the government for the the implementation of EHRs until 2011, but implementation will require spending substantial amounts of money now ñ as much as $25,000 to $50,000 per provider, by some estimates ñ to get the system up and running and qualify for those incentives.

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03/17
2010

Certification of EMRs Takes a Big Step Forward

The two most important aspects of any electronic medical records system have been meaningful use and certification.† Meaningful use, as we discussed in an earlier post, has finally been defined.† Now the certification process is being clarified.

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