September 2, 2014

Walgreens and Greenway Health Complete System Wide EHR Deployment

Greenway Health has completed what they're calling one of the largest centralized pharmacy cloud-based electronic health record systems ever deployed, Walgreens Cloud EHR. Walgreens has deployed the system chain-wide, giving pharmacy staff at over 8,200 locations a single, complete view of patients’ prescription, immunization and health testing records. The EHR platform enables Walgreens pharmacists to share patient information with other providers, helping to ensure continuity and care … [Read more...]

KLAS Report: One out of four ambulatory EMRs are in danger of being replaced

More than 25 percent of both large and small ambulatory practices report that they are considering replacing their EMR, according to the latest KLAS report on ambulatory EMR perception. The study further finds that another 12 percent would like to replace their system but cannot do so for financial or organizational reasons. Which products are most likely to be replaced and which vendors providers are considering are also among the findings. "There are different reasons for this shift," said … [Read more...]

Physicians Embracing, Exploring New Practice Models

While physicians remain happy about their choice of a medical career, that doesn't mean they are content to be controlled by government mandates and declining reimbursements. In its annual Great American Physician Survey, sponsored by Kareo, Physicians Practice polled physicians nationwide on their medical careers, their personal lives, and the politics affecting both work and home. In this year's survey, 1,311 physicians responded that they remain happy being a physician — 26 percent … [Read more...]

The Cloud Working To Cut Healthcare Costs, Problems

One of the strangest realities in the healthcare world is that there aren’t that many healthcare providers taking advantage of the technologies laid out before them. One such technology that hasn’t gotten a lot of play in the healthcare world is proper use of the cloud. Most tech insiders understand that the cloud does more than what your average online user understands. The cloud can be used for more than just transferring single pages from one computer to another. These days, the cloud can … [Read more...]

Electronic Attachments: The Missing Element of the Claims Submission Process

Guest post by Lindy Benton Healthcare continues on its way to digitizing business processes. According to a recent study from CompTIA, half of healthcare providers are currently using electronic health records and one-third expect to increase IT spending by 5 percent or more throughout the next year. Additionally, as more and more providers make the switch to electronic records, they’re able to also complete transactions with the payers electronically, reducing costs and further … [Read more...]

Engage Helps St. Elizabeth Hospital Achieves Meaningful Use Stage 2 Criteria

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, Washington is defying the national trend of only 1.5 percent of eligible hospitals attesting in 2014, and has achieved Meaningful Use Stage 2 using MEDITECH technology. St. Elizabeth accomplished Stage 2 with information technology support from Engage, a division of Inland Northwest Health Service. "Our hospital has been a leader in the shift toward electronic health records (EHR) over the last several years," said Danielle Uhler, registered nurse and … [Read more...]

Does EMR Paves the Way for Big Data?

According to Kalorama Information, electronic medical records are the crucial component needed to make Big Data in healthcare a reality, and this a factor that will drive system sales.  As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. government dedicated $20.6 billion to electronic medical record (EMR) projects and penalties will start applying soon for use of paper records.Kalorama Information, in its complete study of the EMR industry, EMR 2014: The Market for Electronic … [Read more...]

CMS Launches Road to 10 Webcast Series

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new webcast introducing the “Road to 10” tool. The webcast is available through link, or through the "Road to 10" link on the CMS website. This initial webcast covers the history of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the benefits of ICD-10. This is the first in the new “Road to 10” webcast series with five more episodes will follow, aimed at helping small practices get ready for ICD-10 by the … [Read more...]

Apple Explores Partnering with EHR Vendors and Hospitals on HealthKit

  Reuters is reporting that Apple has been discussing how its "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems, people familiar with the discussions said. According to the article the talks may not amount to anything concrete, they underscore how Apple is intent on making health data, such as blood pressure, pulse and weight, available for … [Read more...]

Infographic: The Top 20 Most Popular Mental Health Software Solutions

Who doesn't like a good Infographic, right?  This one, titled The Top 20 Most Popular Mental Health Software Solutions shows the most popular based on customers, users, and social presence. Please include attribution to with this graphic. … [Read more...]