Hello Health Blog

Replacing your EHR doesn’t have to be scary

Posted by Barry Holleman on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

I was not surprised to read the report released a few weeks ago by KLAS Research showing that more than a quarter of physician practices are in the market to replace their EHRs.

KLAS interviewed more than 400 practices of different sizes. The survey revealed that 27 percent of respondents are considering replacing their EHR; another 12 percent would like to do so but are constrained for financial or organizational reasons.

Read More

Topics: health information technology, Electronic health record, implementation

The Patient Engagement Pyramid

Posted by Stephen Armstrong on Fri, Aug 08, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

This blog post was originally published in 2012. Two years later, patient engagement is even more in focus as patient portals are launched in response to Meaningful Use requirements and as the opportunities for population health management are pursued through coordinated care delivery. As part of The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing's curriculum on Care Coordination and Transition Management, there is an excellent discussion on Population Health Management. The concept of a Patient Engagement Pyramid is referenced in this content. For those interested in ordering the AAACN materials, please visit http://www.aaacn.org/practice-resources/cctm

Read More

Topics: patient engagement, EHR, EMR, Electronic health record, Patient Management, PHR, Meaningful use, patient self-management

Read the Signs: It's time for a New EHR

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 @ 04:35 PM

As many of you might have noticed in the news lately, there has been a lot of talk about physicians and their satisfaction with electronic health records (EHRs). Numerous articles and surveys pop up every day discussing the overall happiness level of practices and providers who have implemented an EHR in their office. Obviously, it’s a rich topic. In fact, I recently came across a blog post about the “7 signs it’s time to switch EHRs.” http://www.physicianspractice.com/blog/seven-signs-its-time-switch-ehrs. I think those are great points, and I want to explain why Hello Health might be your best option if you are switching. And, if you don’t currently have an EHR, this might help you make the right decision the first time.

Hello_Health_s-7-Timely_Wins
 

Read More

Topics: EHR, EMR, Electronic health record, EHR vendor selection, free EHR, free EMR, electronic medical record, electronic health record implementation, free, cloud-based EHRs

Free EHRs: Where Does the Data Go?

Posted by Nat Findlay on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

Nat_Findlay-CEO-Hello_HealthA number of myths have been circulated this past year about cloud-based EHR (electronic health records) systems — especially free cloud-based systems like Hello Health’s. Supposedly, there are hidden costs involved. And, it’s been claimed, these systems may have conflict-of-interest ties to the data that they disseminate.

It is claimed that physicians using free systems ask their patients to pay a fee to get special, preferred-access “concierge model” services from them that allegedly are unavailable to patients who don’t pay such fees. Because the systems are free for participating physicians, the implication is that this is a disreputable arrangement.

Read More

Topics: health information technology, Electronic health record, free, cloud-based EHRs, big data in health care

Faster Product Development the Sign of an Innovative EHR Vendor

Posted by Barry Holleman on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

With the world of Health IT booming and hundreds of EHR vendors vying for attention, the prospect of choosing the perfect fit for a practice can seem daunting.  Many physicians have
reported jumping on board with an EHR only to later question whether or not the vendor they
are using is reliable.  Medical Economics recently posted an article noting that an EHR vendor's development cycle is a strong indicator of its financial health.

“Your company should be sending you information about updates and developments for the next 18-24 months,” says Derek Kosiorek, Principal Consultant for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and certified EHR and healthcare technology professional.  “If not, their lack of innovation could be a red flag.”

Read More

Topics: health information technology, Electronic health record, EHR development cycle, innovation

Primary Care Doctor 2.0: A New Look at a Long-Standing Profession

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 09:21 AM

The world of the primary care doctor has been rapidly changing and will continue to do so over
the coming years. Insurance concerns, higher patient expectations about care, an expansion in services provided and a decline in reimbursements are all prompting the need for primary care physicians to find new ways to stay successful and grow their practices as a result. Being a primary care doctor is not easy and I applaud those who follow their calling in the face of these and other health care challenges.

Read More

Topics: patient engagement, primary care practice, EHR, EMR, patient portal, Electronic health record, physician revenue, Patient Management, doctor revenue, free EHR, free EMR, independent primary care, electronic medical record, PHR, new revenue, electronic medical records, electronic health revenue

Diversity in Health Information Technology

Posted by Stephen Armstrong on Thu, May 16, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Diversity in health information technology (HIT) often gets a bad name. In the electronic
health record (EHR) space, it comes up in the context of too many vendors, too many solutions, too many versions, too many silos, too much work to figure it all out. While certainly the metrics are what they are and there is no disputing the plethora of EMRs in the market, but how many are truly different?

Read More

Topics: Hello Health, health information technology, EHR, Electronic health record

The Quest for the Perfect EMR

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 @ 04:19 PM

At Hello Health we invest a large amount of time speaking with primary care doctors about their plans for implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) and what they are looking for in a system. This valuable feedback helps us tailor the Hello Health platform to exceed the expectations of our customers. Most physicians are looking for the “perfect EMR”. The search can be frustrating when there really can’t be a perfect EMR for everyone and nearly every EMR comes with a significant price tag.

Physicians need to put a stronger emphasis on finding the right EMR for their practice. It should cover the needs of the office, their daily work and their interactions with patients. After they find the system, or the few systems that fit their needs, the next step is to narrow down their options based on price and costs associated with the EMR.

Read More

Topics: Hello Health, patient engagement, primary care practice, EHR, EMR, patient portal, Electronic health record, Patient Management, free EHR, free EMR, electronic medical record, PHR, electronic medical records, online appointment scheduling

From Data Liquidity to Financial Liquidity

Posted by Stephen Armstrong on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 03:34 PM


We are on a steep trajectory of electronic health record (EHR) adoption. From first generation systems, to stage 1 and more recently stage 2 Meaningful Use capabilities and certifications, electronic health records are growing up. Collectively, vendors have built what was initially asked – individual systems to manage the information needs of the clinical enterprise, whether a solo practice or a network of facilities. As critical mass is being achieved in terms of EHR market penetration, an increasing share of our focus is now on the exchange of information between what has become in some cases, electronic health information silos. Data liquidity – or being able to extract your data and share it to support the continuum of care is another entry in our growing HIT lexicon. It is not only logical but a Meaningful Use requirement.

But the definition of liquidity can and should extend beyond data.

Read More

Topics: Electronic health record, Meaningful use, health information exchange, electronic health revenue

Choosing an EHR Vendor: Are You Viable?

Posted by Stephen Armstrong on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 11:26 AM

There is no shortage of choices when it comes to electronic health record (EHR) vendors. While the actual number is hard to confirm, there are literally hundreds. A look at one Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) approved certifier’s list indicates 469 different solutions that have met Stage 1 of Meaningful Use. So how to choose?

The latest data suggest that the first choice, however it was made, may not have been the right one. In a recent survey by Black Book Market Research, fully 23 percent of practices are unhappy enough to consider seeking a replacement to their current EHR. When you consider how busy today’s practices are, how much pressure they face to maintain − let alone grow − their revenues, as well as manage their costs, it is daunting to think that they must also find time to search a congested category of technology solutions once more. And this time with no margin for error.

Read More

Topics: Electronic health record, small physician practice, EHR vendor selection

Ask the Expert

Subscribe by Email

Follow Hello Health

Recent Posts

Posts by category

More categories