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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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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What Does Responsive Web Design Look Like?

Responsive design refers to a website’s ability to automatically adjust to fit the screen of whichever device it is being viewed on – be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. This is made possible through fluid grids, which allow you to make updates in one place. Mobile responsive websites are a must in today’s increasingly mobile world due to the fact that more and more people are using their smartphones and tablets as their primary search device. In fact, if your …

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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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Heartbleed Bug: What It Means For Your Medical Website and Online Services

You may have heard about the recent Heartbleed Bug that has affected many websites on the Internet. When we first heard the news, we set out to determine any exposure we may have had and, in turn, any exposure that our clients may have had. It turns out that some of our websites and online solutions were hosted on servers that use the OpenSSL software and were affected. We immediately started working on a patch, and completed it …

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Patient Engagement: the Buzzword That Is Revolutionizing Healthcare

If you are in healthcare, you have likely heard of the latest buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongues: patient engagement. It refers to the process by which patients become active partners in their health. Ever since CMS made it the main focus of Meaningful Use Stage 2, it has become one of the things doctors and healthcare decision-makers talk about most. Not surprisingly, at last month’s annual HIMSS conference, the largest healthcare IT event in the U.S., …

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Bridge Patient Portal’s New Partnership with X-Link Solutions: Improving Medical Software Interfacing

Medical Web Experts is proud to announce that our patient portal – Bridge Patient Portal – has partnered with the X-Link Solutions Network. This partnership will improve Bridge’s access to the X-Link compatible EMR/EHR systems database, helping the portal to interface smoothly with them. The X-Link family of products allows for integrated data sharing between an array of medical software packages, including: Electronic medical record systems Practice management systems Appointment reminder software Laboratory and PACS imaging systems Prescription …

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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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