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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/

Missing Behavioral EHR Data Hinders Patients’ Healthcare

Sharing of behavioral health patient data has been a conflicting issue since the healthcare technology reforms started in the country. Under these reforms providers are required to implement Behavioral  Health EHRs for data sharing with healthcare stakeholders, including physicians from different specialties.

Behavioral health providers have been reluctant to share electronic records of patients with non-psychiatric physicians. This is because of the patients who hesitate to share their records from fear of privacy breach.

This American Medical News reported that most of the psychiatric records are not stored with rest of the data of mental health patients. This fear comprises the healthcare of psychiatric patients that has prompted groups like American Psychiatric Association to voice their concerns about restricted EHR data.

Non-psychiatric physicians emphasize on sharing of psychiatric data because it gives them a holistic view of the patients’ health, which will help them in creating a well-informed diagnosis and treatment plan. This is particularly necessary when physicians recommend medications that can react with mental health medicines.

Professor Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Adam Kaplin said, “The psychiatric illnesses patients have play a huge bearing on their medical illnesses. As an example, whether or not you have depression following a heart attack is as big as or bigger than any other risk factor as to whether you are going to die in the year following that heart attack.”

The U.S. News and World Report conducted a survey on data sharing by 2,000 psychiatrists from 18 different hospitals. The survey showed that patients of psychiatrists who shared electronic records with non-psychiatric physicians were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within the same month.

The need is to address the fears of patients regarding the privacy and security of the sensitive details of their mental health data. Moreover, taboo surrounding mental health problems should be dealt with, so that patients allow psychiatrists to share their data.