Why Physicians are Slow to Take the Digital Leap of Faith

2015 is fast approaching and bringing with it new federal regulations that will force many healthcare practices to go digital. Some providers are struggling to find their footing before stepping into the digital arena, where they will face high upfront costs and the risk of penalties, often compounded by personal fears about what the digital transition may hold in store for the future. Upfront Costs Many providers’ most pressing concern is the cost of implementing new systems. Starting …

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Healthcare Community Sees Long-Term Value of ICD-10

ICD-10 is the 10th iteration of the International Classification of Diseases issued by the World Health Organization. It is set to be adopted by healthcare professionals by Oct. 1, 2015 after a year-long delay. As the compliance date approaches, more medical professionals are anticipating the far-reaching benefits of a common global code, such as easier and improved analysis of causes of illness and death, management of public health trends and threats, and effectiveness of treatments.   ICD-10 allows …

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More Patients Demanding Email Communication with Their Providers, Studies Show

New evidence is showing that more than ever, patients expect access to both their physicians and medical history. According to Health Data Management, over the last ten years, the number of patients that email directly with their physicians has tripled, and another study by Catalyst Health Research showed that 93% of respondents said they would prefer to have access to email communication with their physicians, and that a quarter of those respondents would choose a physician who offered …

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How Microsoft is Changing Healthcare for Patients and Physicians

Microsoft recently launched the ‘Band,’ a $199 fitness tracker bracelet that monitors personal biometrics 24-hours a day. It also launched the Microsoft Health app and Microsoft Health Service, a platform that centralizes consumers’ data from a variety of health devices and apps stored in the cloud. Perhaps most importantly, data from these products and other medical devices can be shared with medical providers through Microsoft’s HealthVault, an integrative platform built primarily for healthcare organizations. What is the ‘Band’? …

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Five Reasons Every Physician Needs CRM Software

Running a medical practice means finding an efficient way to manage complicated processes and records while maintaining communication with patients. A note to the skeptics: CRM software does just as much for your practice as it does for your patients. CRM software helps medical professionals and physicians meet patients’ evolving needs while facilitating better communication and streamlining all the different processes associated with running a medical practice. Here are some examples: 1. Maximum Organization through Electronic Patient Records The …

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How to Survive a Meaningful Use Audit

As tedious as they may seem, Meaningful Use Audits are here to help physicians. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have given out tens of billions of dollars in Meaningful Use incentive payments in just the past few years as an effort to encourage providers to adopt EHRs and other cutting-edge technologies that improve care and reduce the costs associated with health care for patients. The most important part of preparing and surviving these audits is …

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Webinar video: Meaningful Use and the Rise of Patient Portals (from HITECH Answers)

Patient portals are playing a progressively larger role in attaining Meaningful Use in 2014 and 2015.  This webinar from HITECH Answers features Jim Tate, a noted Meaningful Use expert and presenter, while he discusses the importance of having a quality, robust portal that works for your patients and your practice. What questions do you have about patient portals?  Let us know in the comments, or read more here.   Ryan Nelson

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Preventing Physician Burnout: 5 Ways to Control Stress Without Losing Control of Your Practice

Physicians, nurses and counselors are ironically some of the professionals most susceptible to “burnout” – a physical or mental collapse caused by chronic stress. If left unchecked, the tendency to “soldier on” through long hours, pressure to see more patients, and entangling government interference can culminate in a prolonged period of exhaustion and poor job performance. Physicians who suffer from burnout are likely to experience serious setbacks like reduced information processing and visual attention. And these symptoms might …

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In Turbulent Times, Remain HIPAA Compliant

While there has been considerable change in the medical industry over the last few years, the importance of staying HIPAA compliant can’t be stressed enough. There are a few simple steps you should take to make sure you stay compliant, especially in times of change when keeping your business in line with regulations can be a challenge. 1. Risk Analysis Creating a Risk Analysis or hiring outside help to run one is not just good practice, but a …

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Why Mobile Health Apps Are More Than Just a Passing Trend

According to a global mHealth report, 500 million people worldwide will be using a health application by 2015 – and if the actions of major industry players are any indication, these estimates are low. Companies like Apple and Samsung are betting big on health apps, and not just on disconnected applications that don’t provide real value to patients. While mobile health apps saw widespread adoption last year by consumers looking to track weight, vitals, and other health stats …

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