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August 30, 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...]

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...]

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...]

Black Book Ranks Allscripts among best ambulatory EHR vendors

Survey results from research company Black Book Rankings has ranked Allscripts ambulatory electronic health records as leaders in the ambulatory EHR market, with top survey scores across all performance areas, from customization to service and support. Most notably, Allscripts TouchWorks(®) EHR earned the 2014 Top Ambulatory EHR Vendor ranking for the Independent Practice Associations (IPAs) and Multi-Specialty Practices categories. Additional Black Book research indicated that Allscripts … [Read more...]

Practice Fusion Acquires Ringadoc

Practice Fusion, the nation’s largest cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platform, today announced the acquisition of Ringadoc, an innovator of next-generation patient-doctor communication tools. This acquisition gives Practice Fusion a springboard for entry into the telemedicine market, an industry expected to swell to $4.5 billion in 2018. Founded in Los Angeles in 2010, Ringadoc has attracted seed funding from FF Angel, Wavemaker Partners (formerly Siemer Ventures) and Telegraph … [Read more...]

iMedicor Launches Proprietary iCoreDental, Cloud-Based, Customizable Electronic Health Records Platform

iMedicor has announced the launch of its second cloud-based software product one week following the launch of iCoreMD. iCoreDental is a fully customizable, cloud-based, Electronic Heath Record (EHR) system for dentists. iMedicor has developed a customizable, cloud-based dental EHR software system that provides dentists with powerful tools at their fingertips to make dental care delivery more efficient and less costly. The iCoreDental platform reduces errors and ultimately, will improve … [Read more...]

Debunking Myths and Misperceptions of ICD-10

In today’s social, shareable society, myths spread faster than ever. Fortunately, old-fashioned facts still trump inaccurate and misleading information. The August issue of the Journal of AHIMA uses evidence to dispel three of the most persistent ICD-10 falsehoods in “Myths of ICD-10-CM/PCS.” The article is authored by Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) senior director, coding policy and compliance. She is AHIMA’s … [Read more...]

Dell Delivers Five Best Practices for Maximizing Mobility while Maintaining Compliance with Data Security and Privacy Regulations

Dell recommends that companies carefully align their bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program with data security and privacy regulations to avoid any pitfalls concerning compliance. While BYOD initiatives can be great for employees, they often pose a potential nightmare for employers as failure to comply with regulations can result in companies suffering financial penalties, litigation and damage to their reputation. For example, to meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) … [Read more...]