What Is EMR? Information to Improve Patient Experience and Outcomes

With demand for online access to medical records on the rise among web- and health-savvy patients, leveraging technology like patient portals and electronic medical records can help healthcare organizations with patient acquisition and engagement, as well as meeting MACRA thresholds for better coordinated, higher quality care. In order for patients to take advantage of the online tools you offer, a well-developed messaging strategy is essential. Your patient-targeted messaging should answer questions like: “What is an EMR?” “How are …

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A Comprehensive Guide to Meaningful Use

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Are you confused about Meaningful Use (MU), or having trouble meeting the requirements? Trying to understand the CMS’s EHR Incentive Program can be incredibly overwhelming. Nearly 209,000 eligible providers will be receiving Medicare payment cuts for not meeting MU, down from 257,000 previously. The eligible provider penalties range from less than $1,000 to $10,000, while the penalties for eligible hospitals are much higher. Gretchen Kalthoff Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an …

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Connecting Social Media and EHRs as a Research Tool

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A group of patients were recently asked if they would be willing to link their social media accounts to their EHR for medical research and to aid healthcare development. According to the study published by BMJ Quality and Safety, the overwhelming majority responded favorably, with 71% of patients agreeing to connect the two. Gretchen Kalthoff Gretchen Kalthoff is a writer and marketing specialist for MWE. She is an expert in healthcare marketing and health IT with a special …

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4 Ways Health IT Is Improving Patient Care

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Advances in Health IT continue to revolutionize the way the healthcare industry operates. One area in particular which has benefitted from tech solutions is patient care. From improving wait times to increasing patient engagement and participation, health IT is improving medical processes across the board, and in the meantime, improving our health. Here are 4 tech solutions that are modernizing medicine: Julie Ho

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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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EHR Sponsored Alerts: A Medical Safety Net or Cause For Concern?

Free web-based EHR software sounds like a great idea, but what if this software is sponsored by pharmaceutical companies? Practice Fusion, one of the largest providers of EHR software, has more than 112,000 healthcare professionals using its products in around 5.5 million office visits each month. The vendor’s no-cost software has an alert feature that notifies providers when patients are due for services such as vaccines. These alerts are paid for by industry groups such as Merck & …

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