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Blog posts tagged with EHR

  • 4 tips for turning Luddites into champions for your new EPR

    Dr Anna Bayes
    March 23, 2017

    Change is hard. And for people who find it especially difficult to accept advancements in technology (Luddites), the transition to an electronic patient record (EPR) can be a painful experience. But solid clinical engagement strategies can turn the most vocal opponents into your organisation’s strongest advocates. These approaches will prove helpful from the earliest stages of EPR procurement through configuration, deployment and adoption. Read more…

  • The self-perpetuating problem of bed blocking

    Dr Anna Bayes
    March 07, 2017

    As soon as they are clinically ready to leave the hospital, patients start counting the minutes until their discharge. But can you imagine waiting days, months or even years? One UK report shows that some patients wait longer than a year; one patient stayed in hospital for an astonishing 508 days after being fit for discharge. This phenomenon is known as “bed blocking” – a term used to describe when patients stay in the hospital for a non-medical reason. Read more…

  • Improving pneumococcal vaccination rates

    Jennifer Bolduc MD
    February 07, 2017

    With the number of clinical quality measures required today, there is an abundance of data. But what should we do with all of this information? I ran across a recent example of a data-driven initiative that was both simple and effective. It’s a collaborative health-improvement model (funded by a grant from Pfizer), and it focused on increasing pneumococcal vaccination rates. And it worked beautifully. Read more…

  • Right-sized care: acute intervention in an ambulatory setting

    Jennifer Bolduc MD
    January 24, 2017

    As a pediatrician, I find that there are times when my patients require a specific acute intervention – but they don’t need the full hospital experience. Outpatient clinics face many scenarios when an intermediary care setting would be ideal. Holston Medical Group (HMG), a large multi-specialty physician group based in Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.A., has developed its own response to this challenge: The Extensivist Clinic. Read more…

  • Top 10 client stories of 2016

    Ann Marie Beasley
    December 22, 2016

    Our clients are making a difference every day achieving success in delivering smarter health care. Their stories inspire us and, judging by blog readership, they inspire our readers too. Each year, we round up the most-shared, most-read client stories on the blog—prime examples of healthcare leaders achieving the vision of creating open and connected communities. Here are the top ten for 2016. Read more…

  • Advancing patient-centered practice transformation

    Dr Ramanujam Venugopalan
    November 07, 2016

    Healthcare market dynamics are shifting toward value-based care. For primary care practices seeking patient-centered care and the associated financial incentives, the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model is the sweet spot. As sweeping delivery system reform kicks off in 2017, practices can look forward to a clear regulatory roadmap to align their efforts with the PCMH model and succeed in their journey to becoming truly patient centered. Read more…

  • 6 questions to ask about EHR rating methodologies

    Dennia Clarke
    November 02, 2016

    According to research, which electronic health record (EHR) vendor is ranked number one? It may seem like a simple question, but if you’ve tried to answer it, you’ve likely found a wide range of responses. Analyst firms, researchers, industry associations and vendors all take on different perspectives when they rank EHR platforms. It’s important to know your sources and understand their market definitions and methodologies before you weigh these results in your next EHR purchasing decision. Read more…

  • Primary care practice earns recognition for population health management

    Steve Lalonde
    September 21, 2016

    The Family Doctors (Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.) uses data from its Allscripts Professional EHR™ suite to help improve care for patients with chronic disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana recognized The Family Doctors and its physicians with 26 awards in 2015 for highest achievement in population health management. Read more…

  • 4 ways to reclaim the claims process

    Steve Mueller
    September 08, 2016

    In an era when the healthcare community is working to improve quality of service and delivery and to reduce costs, the reimbursement process is under intense scrutiny. Organizations are asking themselves: How can we simplify the claims process? Are there ways to save time? What can we do to make our claims more accurate to help speed payments? Read more…

  • Want to improve shared C-CDA content? Try the new scorecard

    George E Cole
    August 16, 2016

    Across the Healthcare IT industry, from providers to software developers, and even into the U.S. Senate, we continue to hear that the content of shared Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) documents, in spite of improved guides and constraints, are not meaningfully useful. There continues to be wide divergence of documents across the vendor and provider communities. For example we have heard: Read more…

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