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The valuable asset you already have: Your EHR data

A recent survey by Accenture reveals adoption of Electronic Health Record (EHR) software and Health Information System (HIE) is rising in the United States. Despite the fact that most doctors agree implementing an EHR system does not reduce their operational costs, they are embracing the technology because it has helped them make better decisions and has led to fewer medical errors.

Another survey reveals that almost 50-60% of US physicians are using some sort of electronic medical record software to help them in their practice workflows. With such huge data available, physicians can actually put it to good use and make informed decisions. Using key patient information such as demographics, allergies, gender, age group, family history and other illnesses, a physician can help improve the quality of care and clinical performance.

Let’s discuss a few more ways through which you can make good use of available data and position yourself for upcoming value-based reimbursements. Read more

What Does the Cyber Security Action Plan Mean for Small Medical Practices

What Does the Cyber Security Action Plan Mean for Small Medical Practices?

Be a Leader in Your Practice

Physicians can no longer rely on vendors to take the reins when it comes to IT security. They must take on a leadership role within their office to emphasize the importance of protecting patient data. HIPAA requires providers to designate a privacy and security officer on your staff. If you haven’t done so already – now is definitely the time.

Document Everything

Though doctors barely have time to grab a second cup of coffee these days, they will now have to spend even more time on documentation. And not just documenting patient interactions – no – documenting all security measures that are in place including how you created them and what steps you take to monitor them. It’s a good idea to keep this documentation organized either in a paper or electronic folder for your records.

Conduct Security Risk Analysis

Make sure the privacy and security officer you assigned on your team conducts security risks analysis often. This will allow you to compare your current in-house measures to what is legally required to safeguard private patient data as well as identify high priority threats and vulnerabilities. Continue Reading

EHRs and Pay-for-Performance

EHRs and Pay-for-Performance: The way forward for Primary Care?

 

Primary Care physicians struggle to earn even close to what other specialists such as cardiologists, urologists and orthopedic doctors do. However, the introduction of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and the talk of an industry-wide shift towards the pay-for-performance model in the coming years have begun to stir up winds of change.

Ever since the Affordable Care Act of 2009, EHRs have been in the headlines of the healthcare industry. By now you probably know that questioning the need for such systems is redundant as they’re here to stay and, moreover, those who have used these systems properly have seen significant productivity and revenue boosts.

For Further Information: http://blog.curemd.com/ehrs-and-pay-for-performance-the-way-forward-for-primary-care/

 

 

 

Are You Ready for #HIMSSanity?

The Oscars of Health IT, as my boss likes to call it, is less than a week away. I personally believe HIMSS is more like the Golden Globes; you actually get to party while working and networking with your peers rather than being suffocated with lame jokes and an air of formality which pretty much sums up the Oscars. Anyways, I digress.

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For Further information visit here: https://blog.curemd.com/are-you-ready-for-himssanity/

The Shakespearean World of ICD-10 Mental Disorders

William Shakespeare’s works are known for their universality. His plays and characters are relatable to every time and age. These plays reflect the depravity of society that manifests in the form of human mental disorders including psychopathology.

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For More Information: https://blog.curemd.com/the-shakespearean-world-of-icd-10-mental-disorders/

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The Buzz Surrounding Portable Care: mhealth

Mobile phones and devices might have been created to make and receive telephone calls, but technology has evolved at an exponentially rapid pace since. Now we’re at a point where video conferencing, interactive games, internet access, location trackers, apps and numerous other features and services, many not even fathomable a few years earlier, are in the palm of your hand.

 

One such development and an extremely significant one is mobile health (mhealth). This growing industry is changing the way doctors provide healthcare services, and how patients perceive and deal with medical decisions.

Mhealth tools such as mobile-based apps and devices which allow patients to monitor their heart rates, blood pressure rates and glucose rates, for example, and will help patients pay more attention towards managing their own health, will consequently decrease the number of trips they make to the doctor, and will cause the actual visits to be more effective.

Both doctors and patients will benefit from lower healthcare costs via such mobile apps and devices. As the focus for clinics, hospitals and the healthcare industry moves from the quantity of care to the quality of care, the payment benefits are also trending in that direction.

Moreover, the increasing collaboration between app developers and healthcare experts is resulting in the formation and improvement of such apps every day. Moreover, they are making apps for everything. For example, there’s an app which tells you how much you’ve saved since you gave up smoking, another which allows you to document weight loss through selfies (self photographs) and those which help identify potentially fatal symptoms so you can schedule doctor visits accordingly.  Physicians can also integrate the mhealth apps with their EHR Software.

However, the biggest hurdle to the process, isn’t the endorsement of such devices by doctors, but instead patients and their decision to adopt mhealth. If mhealth treatment plans are not followed, there will not only be health-based costs but huge financial ones too.

Mhealth has not been adopted by the masses yet, but at the current rate of progress in the industry, the day when every American has endorsed mhealth looks an actual and achievable possibility.

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Can you copy-paste in an EHR software?

While copy-pasting helps us do a lot more in a lot less time, the same doesn’t apply to the healthcare industry and more specifically, electronic health record (EHR) software.

Copy-pasting patient data into patient records can have very serious consequences including increased risk of medical errors and possible breaches of CMS regulations.

 

According to a recent AHIMA report, 79-90% of physicians use the copy/paste function in their EHRs, and somewhere between 20-78% of physician notes are copied text. With so many physicians relying on the tactic, it’s not surprising to see a growing number of errors made within EHR systems.

So where does the true danger lie for physicians? Let’s discuss.

Dangers of copy-pasting

Imagine an intensive care unit (ICU), where a patient is in delicate condition and any small change in treatment or medications could affect the outcome of the case. Using the previous day’s treatment plan the following day is often routine.

However, the previous day’s plan may not include the most up-to-date information, and copying over old charts could put the patient in fatal risk if crucial new data is lost during the process.

Should doctors copy paste?

The good news is that there are times when using the copy paste functionality to streamline workflow are appropriate. The command should be applied for copying demographics, regular patient medications, problem lists, long standing allergies, and labs.

However, appropriate use of functionality is important. It is always best to manually input medical data of every new patient and must be verified for accuracy.

These are such minute things which you need to be aware of when entering patient data in your EHR software. Remember, it may save you time, but it should not be at the cost of a patient life.