We've heard that dire consequences can await those who copy and paste in an academic setting — as it turns out, though, the medical exam room may not be so different from the classroom in that regard. Speaking at the MGMA annual conference in San Diego this Monday, Diana Warner, director at AHIMA, confirmed the seriousness of inappropriately using copy and paste functions in electronic health records. And the government agrees — it's no laughing matter.
Even if your practice is not participating in Meaningful Use, there are many reasons to implement EHR software and start using a patient portal to connect with your patients – the biggest reason being the positive impact these technologies can have on patient care. Whether or not you are concerned with some of the other purported EHR benefits, namely increased productivity and reduced costs, you should consider adopting electronic charting software for the sake of your patients. Here are three reasons why many patients are starting to support the adoption of EHRs:
A new concept aiming to help empower patients to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, Medulous.com allows patients and health professionals to write reviews for medical treatments online. By facilitating the exchange of information between patients and physicians, Medulous helps users avoid unnecessary and dangerous treatments.
According to the fourth annual Xerox EHR survey, only 29 percent of patients have been told that their medical records were converted (or will be in the near future) to electronic format. Most doctors, it seems, are not involving their patients in the EHR implementation process.
Recent findings have shown that Meaningful Use participation rates are declining. In fact, 17 percent of providers who received a Meaningful Use incentive payment in 2011 did not earn the second-year incentive in 2012.
Dr. Farzad Mostashari announced that he will be stepping down this fall as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a division of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHS).
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from speaking to physicians, office managers and IT administrators about patient portals it’s that there isn’t any consensus about the patient portal features and functionality that they all want.
A recent study by Aeffect and 88 Brand Partners showed that patients who use electronic medical records (EMR) are substantially more satisfied with their physicians overall. They also tend to be more satisfied when it comes to different areas of their care.
The Joint Commission relesed a Sentinel Event Alert newsletter on April 8 warning hospitals about alarm fatigue, a persistent problem that affects healthcare professionals in hospital settings nationwide.
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Medical Web Experts offers one of the leading patient portal solutions, designed to generate new revenue streams for healthcare organizations. The patient portal is cloud-based and interfaces with various EMR solutions.