The electronic health or medical record (EHR/EMR) boils down to data that are intended to be more complete, accurate and available, yet it often does not improve communication and information flow. To get the most out of the technology, doctors actually have to, you know, use it.
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Improving doctors' effectiveness and cost-benefit For anyone who has hands on experience managing care in a health care organization of any type, there's an obvious answer that is difficult, but not impossible to implement—make cogent information* available at the point of contact with the patient, regardless of setting and within HIPAA constraints.
Physicians may consider the EHR to simply be a better version of the paper chart--not true.
"Providers Believe Healthcare Reform will Increase Their Costs." Here follow a few of its responses: 61% believe "electronic health records (EHRs) could have a positive impact on their businesses" 82% cited their biggest challenge in implementing HlT is cost. 17% of providers are or are planning to participate in a Health Information Exchange (HIE) over the next 12 months.
When payers or Plans are pushy or prodding, here's what to do.
Charlene Maurer Finerty, owner of Plans and Profits, a business plan writing and implementation service, speaks of the opportunity cost, delayed gratification and indebtedness that characterizes the long-haul of medical training. You'd think once you hang a shingle, your problems are over—but, actually they're just beginning. For example, there's the hopeless bureaucratization of health care, the need to document every step and then some all along the claims trail and the lack of digital proces