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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.

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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

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.

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

Electronic Health Revenue: The Superhero of Health IT

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 11:40 AM

A recent RAND study showed that the implementation of health information technology (HIT) has affected neither a reduction in the cost nor an improvement in the quality of healthcare.  As soon as the results were released, Twitter, Facebook and practically every Health IT magazine and website lit up with exasperated buzz and chatter about the surprising reveal.  Weren’t EHRs supposed to swoop in and save the physician’s practice without fault – oh, and perhaps hand out individually wrapped mints as the patients leave?  Health IT has been boasted as the hero that has come back to avenge a broken health care system.  Why then, hasn’t it been saved?

While many people, including the authors of the RAND study, believe that Health IT will eventually achieve these goals, others aren’t so convinced.  There is a concern that while well- designed HIT systems will definitely help physicians run their business more efficiently, they won’t necessarily bring about a reduction in the cost of healthcare or drastically improve the quality of care.  Some doctors, like Hayward Zwerling, M.D., are calling for a time-out of sorts.  They are asking the government to stop pushing more Meaningful Use incentives and focus on finding out if what is already in place is working.  Zwerling, who runs a solo, private practice, was the creator of one of the older EMRs and believes in the many benefits that Health IT provides.  All he asks is that we focus on what we see as a direct result of adopting the right EHR and not sing its praises for something it hasn’t yet accomplished. 

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Topics: health information technology, EHR, electronic health revenue, RAND study, superhero

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