Physician EHR Dissatisfaction Linked to Template Technology

With the majority of US doctors now having used an Electronic Medical Record (EMR/EHR), physician dissatisfaction with EHRs has reached alarming levels.  Major surveys point to a national crisis in EHR usability.  Physicians complain EHRs are difficult in practice and waste valuable time that could be better spent with patients.  Most EHRs, say doctors, have poor user interfaces based on

 

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“But we’ve always done it this way before….”

Sometimes called “the seven most expensive words in business”, this phrase is one that seems to be the chief operating philosophy of many organizations, including the business side of your medical practice.  At its root is the general fear of change and the comfort we all seem to take from familiar things.  The other phrase you might hear related to this same idea is the old “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” line, which again is about not making changes because things are “good enough”.  Of course the problem with

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Infographic: How to Market Your Practice

If you’re a physician or healthcare professional, chances are good you’re too busy administering patient care to worry about implementing a new marketing strategy.

These days, marketing is a basic requirement for any business. Without a marketing strategy for your medical practice, you could be at risk of losing

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Part 1: Unlocking the power of the patient portal

Patient portals help practices build patient engagement, even when it’s a matter of collecting payments.

For Jennifer Cossin, billing manager at Central Ohio Surgical Associates, the portal’s abilities go beyond collection.

“You absolutely need an online presence today,” Jennifer said. “But there are a lot of things that we could do with our portal, but we just don’t … like marketing.”

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How Technology is Contributing to the Fight Against Diabetes

In the United States, one in eleven Americans suffers from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle, diet, and family health history are the most impactful determinants of an individual’s risk of developing diabetes. Technology is being used by stakeholders in the healthcare industry to help identify and treat pre-diabetes and to maintain the health of patients diagnosed with diabetes. Below you will find three ways in which health IT is contributing to the efforts to

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UNDERSTANDING ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS (ACO)

The goal of collaborative care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary service duplication and medical errors.

To lower costs and ensure consistently high-quality care, groups of physicians and hospitals are embracing value-based care delivery models and becoming Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to provide collaborative care. ACOs cover roughly 37 to 43 million patients nationally and accept financial risk for both the quality and cost of care.

When an ACO succeeds both in delivering high-quality care and

 

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