Author Archives: Guest Contributor

How SMALL Practices Can Create LARGE Communities on the Web

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Guest post by Mickie Kennedy, Founder of eReleases The biggest issue facing the healthcare industry is increasing government regulations like HIPAA. The same issue applies when professionals in the healthcare industry contemplate using networking and social media sites to build a following and get more patients. Guest Contributor

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What Meaningful Use Stage 3 Requirements Will Mean for E-Prescribing

Guest post by Charles Settles, Product Analyst at TechnologyAdvice Electronic prescribing has become an integral part of EHR software, but the proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use may introduce changes — for better or worse. Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program, according to the proposed rule, will “streamline the program by removing reporting requirements on measures which have become redundant or ‘topped out’ through advancements in EHR function and provider performance for Stage 1 …

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Making the Most of the Patient Portal

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The advancement of health information technology has tremendous implications for the future of healthcare. Patient portal software in particular, when integrated with electronic health record (EHR) systems, have the potential to improve the care experience, but only if patients actually use the software. Guest Contributor

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5 HIPAA Questions to Ask Your Cloud Hosting Service Provider

Guest post by Madelyn Kearns from Medical Practice Insider When it comes to privacy and security measures within healthcare, the government is starting to really crack down. The Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission have aligned with the Office for Civil Rights to provide stronger safeguarding for protected health information (PHI). Meanwhile, the OCR itself has been aggressively dolling out significant financial penalties to organizations that aren’t up to baseline PHI standards. “OCR is losing …

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Three Ways ACO Affiliation Can Reduce Costs for Healthcare Providers

Guest post by Madelyn Kearns from Medical Practice Insider There is a recognized difference between saviors and savers — one being a rescuer of people, while the other salvages bank accounts. But leave it to accountable care organizations to throw distinctions to the wayside. According to medical systems reviewer Software Advice’s recent ACO survival guide, the ACO model not only operates on delivering high quality care to patients — it also aims to provide the utmost in cost-efficiency to …

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HIMSS14: Four Patient Engagement Sessions Not to Miss

Guest post by Madelyn Kearns from Medical Practice Insider At the end of the day, after satisfying quality measures, enduring systems updates, troubleshooting claims errors and scheduling visits, running a medical practice all comes down to one thing: patients. You could have the best electronic medical record system, an experienced care team rounding out your operation and the most up-to-date health gadgets the industry can conjure, but none of those are as important as engaging patients. That’s why …

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Could 2014 Be a Bad Year for Security Breaches at Hospitals and Healthcare Practices?

Guest post by Xavier E. Martinez from Power Your Practice If you thought this would be the year securing patient data would finally become easier, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. A recent Experian report predicts the healthcare industry will see more large-scale security breaches affecting patient privacy in 2014. According to Michael Bruemmer, Vice President of Experian’s Data Breach Resolution, the sheer size of the healthcare industry is what makes it vulnerable to security risks. If …

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Healthcare Professionals Use Social Media to Learn From, Connect With Other Experts

Guest post by Frank Irving, Editor of Medical Practice Insider. More than 60 percent of physicians scan or explore social media daily or weekly, and the majority of them believe that using social media can improve the care they deliver. That’s according to a study eMarketer released earlier this year. Indeed, about 30,000 physicians have watched or discussed presentations from Mayo Clinic experts since November through QuantiaMD, a social learning and collaboration platform. The on-demand, voice-over-PowerPoint presentations allow physicians …

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Free ICD-10 Resources for Healthcare Providers

Guest post by Frank Irving, Editor of Medical Practice Insider. There is less than a year left until the ICD-10 compliance deadline, which means that there’s no longer time to procrastinate. The further medical practices get into the conversion, the more places they are likely to find ICD-9 within their operation — and everywhere ICD-9 is today needs to be ready for ICD-10. “You may see ICD-10 anywhere from the front office to the back office,” Denescia Green, …

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Consumers Want New Mobile Health Technology – But Is the Healthcare Industry Ready?

Based on recent research, consumers are ready for new mobile health solutions – but the same can’t necessarily be said about the healthcare industry. Widespread adoption of mobile technology in health care (often referred to as “mHealth”) is now up to the industry. This is true both in emerging and in developed markets. Especially in emerging markets, consumers have now high expectations for medical mobile websites. In developing economies, patients perceive mobile health technology as a way to …

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