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When PRISMA Can Lead to Better Healthcare

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 7/28/21 8:37 AM

Better interoperability when records appear to be lacking

There’s no doubt that PRISMA, the eClinicalWorks health information search engine, is a powerful tool for obtaining a complete, searchable view of patient health histories. Still, many practices may be wondering how it fits into their workflows to change how they practice medicine.

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Topics: EHR, Electronic Health Records, PRISMA, electronic medical records, health search engine, patient information, coordinate care

Using PRISMA to Create Better Patients Records

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 7/20/21 1:45 PM

How Zeid Medical Group leverages the power of interoperability

Zeid Medical Group runs women’s health and pediatric clinics in Tyler and Longview, Texas, that serve about 1,000 patients each month. Like any busy medical practice today, they see a mix of established and new patients who come from all walks of life and have medical histories that range from simple to complex.

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Topics: Electronic Health Records, PRISMA, electronic medical records, health search engine, patient information, coordinate care

Improving Collections and Efficiency in Healthcare

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 7/15/21 5:30 PM

Everyone knows — or assumes they know — that a certain percentage of revenue is lost when using traditional methods of collecting healthcare payments. After all, if you print and mail several notices, cash checks, and spend time posting and reconciling payments, a lot can go wrong.

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Topics: healow Payment Services, electronic payment systems, healow pay

From ‘Try to Remember’ to Better Interoperability With PRISMA

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 7/13/21 9:09 AM

How eClinicalWorks is building on the healthcare IT revolution

In less than a generation, there has been a dramatic transformation in interoperability, the sharing of clinical patient data among providers and facilities.

For many years, the standard for interoperability could best be described as “Try to remember.” Physicians relied upon in-house records, questionnaires, and information gathered during patient visits.

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Topics: Interoperability, electronic medical records, health search engine, patient information, standards in healthcare, interoperability standards

Set Your Sights on Nashville and Our 2021 National Conference

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 7/9/21 8:29 AM

There’s virtually no substitute for face-to-face meetings

Remember that special feeling you used to get when you held an online meeting? (It felt a little bit like skipping school!) Well, after more than a year of constantly logging on, checking our cameras, and reminding colleagues to unmute themselves, it’s time to make online meetings special again — and maybe as rare as possible!

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Topics: National Conference, eCWNC21, national conference 2021

Winning the Medical Information Game

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 7/6/21 3:44 PM

How PRISMA can help your practice with interoperability

Your providers thrive when they have access to the latest information on health, illness, and treatments. A 2006 study by the American Medical Informatics Association concluded that when physicians need good information they seek out gold-standard sources, including high-quality medical journals and reputable websites that specialize in their area of expertise.

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Topics: Interoperability, Electronic Health Records, PRISMA, interoperability in healthcare, electronic medical records, health search engine, patient information, coordinate care

Improving Patient Safety Series: How International Standards Are Helping

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 7/1/21 12:30 PM

This is the final blog in a series where we focus on how eClinicalWorks® continues to lead the healthcare IT industry in patient safety.

Achieving the highest possible levels of patient safety in healthcare IT is a multifaceted process that includes proper handling of Reportable Events, reducing the Mean Time to Repair any such events, and addressing critical details such as data truncation, the handling of special characters, and uncoded allergies.

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Topics: patient safety, national patient safety goals, patient safety goals, certifications

Record Retrieval Made Easy With PRISMA

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 6/30/21 3:37 PM

Patients today are likely to visit many different healthcare facilities to receive care. When going from place to place, it’s possible that records may not be as accessible to providers as necessary. That’s why we’ve created PRISMA, the eClinicalWorks® health information search engine.

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Topics: Electronic Health Records, PRISMA, One Patient One Record, electronic medical records, medical records, health search engine, patient information

Improving Patient Safety Series: Uncoded Allergies

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 6/24/21 11:15 AM

This is the fourth of five blogs in a series where we focus on how eClinicalWorks® continues to lead the healthcare IT industry in patient safety.

The truth about allergies

The difference between a coded and uncoded allergy could be a matter of life and death. Each year in the United States, 200,000 people require emergency medical care for allergic reactions to food. And drug-based allergic reactions account for the most allergy-related deaths. These severe drug reactions may affect a staggering 10% of the world’s population — and many of these adverse interactions may have been prevented.

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Topics: patient safety, allergy coding, national patient safety goals, patient safety goals

Dermatology Made Easier This Summer

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 6/22/21 11:00 AM

Summer is officially here, and people around the country will be spending more time outside. We need sunshine in order to stay healthy, but too much of anything can become problematic.

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Topics: telehealth, TeleVisits, eClinicalMobile, telemedicine, skin cancer screening, summer skin care, sunburn, dermatology

Improving Patient Safety Series: Data Truncation and Special Characters

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 6/17/21 1:45 PM

This is the third of five blogs in a series where we will focus on how eClinicalWorks® continues to lead the healthcare IT industry in patient safety.

Sometimes, you may have a lot to say online and there just isn’t enough room to say it. Worse yet, you may not even realize that there isn’t enough space and that half the things you had been writing out were not being communicated to other users or readers.

As irritating as this might be for a spreadsheet documenting how many bass you may have caught on a fishing trip, being unaware of certain character and symbol limitations regarding a patient visit in an Electronic Health Record (EHR) could lead to a potential patient safety issue.

All EHRs face data-entry limits, but an awareness of these limitations is what is critical to success. One missing symbol or an invisible line of text can be merely annoying in many contexts; in healthcare, it can have a serious impact on someone’s health.

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Topics: patient safety, national patient safety goals, patient safety goals, data truncation

Make Billing Easier and Better

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 6/15/21 4:58 PM

The advantages of choosing eClinicalWorks

According to industry research firm IBISWorld, outsourced medical billing in the U.S. grew by an average 3.1% annually between 2015 and 2020, to $4.3 billion. More visits, more government regulations, and more complexity in healthcare are driving growth in an area where keeping a close eye on the books really pays off.

At eClinicalWorks®, we view medical billing and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) as integral parts of delivering quality care. We offer customers a choice of do-it-yourself billing or an RCM service model in which eClinicalWorks does all the work.

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Topics: Billing, revenue cycle management, revenue cycle management healthcare, EMR billing, RCM optimization, service authorization request

Improving Patient Safety Series: Reducing Mean Time to Repair

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 6/10/21 3:30 PM

This is the second of five blogs in a series on how eClinicalWorks® continues to lead the healthcare IT industry in patient safety.

All software is complicated, but software in the healthcare industry comes with an added twist: The safety of patients depends on the software being reliable and performing as expected each and every day. When safety problems — Reportable Events — arise, it is important to address them quickly and thoroughly.

A software company’s response to Reportable Events is measured by how long it takes on average to notify customers about them and develop fixes for them. That measure, which varies depending on the severity and urgency of a given risk, is known in the industry as Mean Time to Repair (MTTR). For example, low-risk events must meet an MTTR of 75 days or fewer, medium-risk events 45 days or fewer, and high-risk events within just seven days.

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Topics: patient safety, national patient safety goals, patient safety goals, mean time to repair, MTTR

An Authoritative Voice for Healthcare Documentation

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 6/9/21 2:10 PM

eClinicalWorks Scribe adds problem lists, previous diagnoses

Given the diverse, complex tasks of modern medicine, it is likely that human scribes will always have a role to play in healthcare. Nonetheless, a May 2021 article in EHR Intelligence notes that health systems nationwide continue to adopt scribe technologies where the powers of computing and artificial intelligence can improve efficiency without compromising safety.

eClinicalWorks® has long understood that documentation demands solutions that are as clinically accurate as they are convenient.

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Topics: Progress Notes, Physician burnout, Scribe, Health IT Innovation, medical scribe

Improving Patient Safety Series: Reducing Reportable Safety Events

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 6/3/21 4:45 PM

This is the first of five blogs in a series focusing on how eClinicalWorks® continues to lead the healthcare IT industry in patient safety.

Mistakes happen; it’s an unfortunate part of life, of being human. It’s what we learn and how we adapt after recognizing an error that prepares the way for a safer future for all and helps prevent similar incidents.

The chances of being harmed in a plane crash are one in 11 million. The chances of a patient being harmed while receiving care, much more likely – one in 300!.

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Topics: patient safety, national patient safety goals, patient safety goals, cms reportable events, reportable events

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