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The Online Search for an EHR

Posted by Patrick Stevenson on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

If you are among the half of primary care doctors who have yet to purchase an EHR, you are feeling pressure to decide if an EHR is part of your practice’s future and which EHR is right for you and your patients. Because there are more than 365 EHR companies in existence, and I am sure you don’t want to spend each day looking at a different system, you will likely turn to the web. Just like in your personal life, you will most likely “Google it”. You are not alone; there are over 21,000 searches each month (and 250,000 each year) in the United States for EHR or Electronic Health Records, according to Google Adwords.

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Topics: EHR, small physician practice, EHR vendor selection, Google, Internet

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.

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

Look Beyond the EHR For Quality of Care

Posted by Matt Beer on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 12:20 PM

In 2013 when electronic health records (EHRs) are just as common as Twitter usernames, many vendors sell the idea that EHRs, in and of themselves, are a cure-all for helping improve patient care. Some work hard to sell their product, but neglect to follow through on post-sale support, even though this type of technology often includes a steep learning curve.

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Topics: EHR, Electronic health record, small physician practice, small independent primary care practice, implementation

New Videocast Series Focuses on Unique Challenges of the Independent Medical Practice

Posted by Jennifer McDuffee on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 08:37 AM

Hello Health is pleased to introduce “Provider to Provider,” a new videocast series that examines issues impacting today’s independent medical practice. This month’s session focuses on the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), including ways the PCMH concept is evolving, and the steps that primary care practices can and should be taking to prepare for outcomes-based care and reimbursement models. 

According to Ted Wymyslo, M.D., while many physicians believe the platforms they are currently using are sufficient, the PCMH model helps modernize many of the electronic processes and systems that clinicians already have in place. Whether a practice has one or 20 clinicians, there are overwhelming benefits from combining information from a number of sources into one central medical home – a home to all of the information that is pertinent to a person’s health and well-being.

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Topics: small physician practice, independent physician practice, videocast, Patient Centered Medical Home, PCMH, Ted Wymyslo

Profitability or Patient Care: Can the Two Co-exist?

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @ 06:02 PM

6/10 Doctors are now employed, 6/10 doctors would quit today.

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Topics: Hello Health, primary care practice, physician revenue, small physician practice, independent primary care, independent primary care practice, small independent primary care practice

EHR Implementation: Take Things Slow for a Successful Transition

Posted by Matt Beer on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 11:30 AM

If you are a recent adopter of an electronic health record (EHR) system, you are probably well aware that the implementation process seems to drag on forever. There are so many components and features in today’s EHR that can all have a tremendous impact on your office’s workflow and structure. Therefore, implementing all of these components at once can be overwhelming. Let me explain.

For physicians who jumped on the EHR bandwagon early, let’s say between 2004 and 2008, there has been a lot of product innovation and industry change. So much so, that the product they are using today probably only moderately resembles the one purchased five years ago.

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Topics: Hello Health, EHR, EMR, small physician practice, electronic medical record, electronic medical records

Profiting from Change: The Benefits of Health Information Technology

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 @ 01:58 PM

What if…?

  • If banking were like health care, automated teller machine transactions would take not seconds, but perhaps days or longer as a result of unavailable or misplaced records.
  • If home building were like health care, carpenters, electricians and plumbers each would work with different blueprints, with very little coordination
  • If shopping were like health care, product prices would not be posted, and the prices charged would vary widely within the same store, depending of the source of payment.
  • If automobile manufacturers were like health care, warranties for cars that require manufacturers to pay for defects would not exist. As a result, few factories would seek to monitor and improve production line performance and product quality.
  • If airline travel were like health care, each pilot would be free to design his or her own preflight safety check, or not perform one at all.
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Topics: Hello Health, primary care practice, small physician practice, Meaningful use, Health IT solutions

Patient Engagement and Branding? Taking a Cue from Seth Godin

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Thu, Sep 06, 2012 @ 09:04 AM

Seth Godin is a well-known marketing and brand guru who has written a number of interesting books and maintains one of the most widely read blogs on the web (http://sethgodin.typepad.com).

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Topics: patient engagement, primary care practice, small physician practice, small independent primary care practice

Patients Sans Frontières: Older patients use PHR technology too

Posted by Stephen Armstrong on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 @ 11:13 AM

When we discuss the opportunity for greater online access with doctors and the capabilities of secure web-based patient portals to create a new level of convenience and better access, too often the image of a young twenty-something web-savvy patient comes to mind as the early adopter and heavy user of such a relationship. But is this really the case? How do older patients react to the opportunities of web connectivity with their doctor?

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Topics: patient engagement, EMR, small physician practice, free EHR, free EMR, independent primary care practice, electronic medical records, online appointment scheduling

Is Uncompensated Care Killing the Private Primary Care Practice?

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 11:34 AM

As early as next year, an Accenture report claims, as few as one third of doctors will actually own their practice, down from nearly half in 2005.

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Topics: primary care practice, physician revenue, small physician practice, doctor revenue, independent primary care practice, small independent primary care practice, independent physician practice, Health 2.0

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