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How to Improve Your OB/GYN With Your EHR

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 11/8/19 9:00 AM

Women of all ages and at all points in their lives turn to OB/GYN practices to stay healthy. As medical technology advances, eClinicalWorks® continues to create and refine tools to improve practice efficiency and keep patients engaged in their health.

Functional, faster, and more efficient

eClinicalWorks V11 contains gynecological templates designed to improve practice efficiency. For practices that include obstetrics, the OB Flowsheet is a multimodal tool that helps the physician speed up workflows.

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Topics: Electronic Health Records

Basic Principles That Could Transform Your Practice

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 11/6/19 4:30 PM

Here’s a familiar script: Your practice delivers quality care. You attract more patients, perhaps more than you can easily handle. You’d love to call a timeout to decide how to better serve the patients you’ll be seeing tomorrow, but you’re just too busy serving the patients you’re seeing today.

What to do? You could stop reading this and go chip away at any unfinished tasks. Or you could read on for a refresher on basic principles that could transform your practice.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks

Taking Control of Your PCP With CPC+

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 11/1/19 1:15 PM

When you can’t kick a cold, who do you go to? Primary care physicians are there for you when something’s feeling off and are also often the first to notice underlying health issues. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model is a means to help strengthen primary care, promote health, and lower healthcare costs.

What is CPC+?

CPC+ is a multi-payer initiative led by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to improve primary care with two five-year rounds that are location specific. It provides practices with a comprehensive learning system and data feedback that can help guide a practice’s decision-making and deliver better care.

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Topics: Population Health, Chronic Care Management, CMS, CPC

Leading the Fight Against Lung Cancer

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 10/30/19 12:00 PM

Facing common medical challenges

While every medical practice has distinctive characteristics — from its providers and location to the way it approaches daily workflows — the medical challenges that practices face do not vary all that much from place to place.

Every practice can benefit by emphasizing preventive care. And every practice can use some help in implementing IT solutions to reach at-risk patients.

Compass Medical, a 25-year-old primary care organization & an Accountable Care Organization in Southeastern Massachusetts, recognized that their 80,000-patient population faced the same problems seen anywhere else in the U.S. That’s why, following their March 2015 Go-Live with eClinicalWorks, Compass Medical took aim at one of the most widespread killers of all — lung cancer.

“We are a family-care driven organization focused on prevention and health management," said Dr. Dhrumil Shah, Chief Medical Information Officer.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks

A Look Back at the 2019 National Conference

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 10/24/19 2:36 PM

Thank you for attending the 2019 National Conference with us in Orlando. We hope that you learned a lot, attended every session that interested you, and had fun. Let’s take a look back at some highlights over the last few days.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, National Conference, eCWNC19

Overnight Transformations Are Possible!

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 10/20/19 4:07 PM

Capture the power of #eCWNC19

Where did the great music go? What happened to those illuminated palm trees? Who silenced the silent disco? By dawn on Sunday morning, all trace of Saturday night’s amazing celebration was gone. Just a few thin hours stood between the final memorable chords from the sound stage and the serious business of Day 3 at the 2019 eClinicalWorks and healow National Conference.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, National Conference, eCWNC19

A Second Day of Learning and Celebration

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 10/19/19 4:29 PM

In the lobby of the Orlando World Center Marriott, the rhythmic patter of torrential rain washed across the glass ceiling in waves as thousands gathered for the second day of the eClinicalWorks and healow National Conference.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, National Conference, eCWNC19

Celebrating 20 Years of Your Creation!

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 10/18/19 8:09 PM

There are many ways to measure the changes in healthcare over the last 20 years — the dominance of EHRs, new technologies, and empowered patients. And many were on display during Friday morning’s Keynote Address at the 2019 eClinicalWorks and healow National Conference.

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Topics: National Conference

#eCWNC19 Is Almost Here!

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 10/16/19 4:37 PM

Making real connections in a digitized world

We live in a digitized, globalized world driven by phones, apps, email, and who-knows-what technologies to come. Yet, as over 5,000 people gather in Orlando for Friday’s opening of the 2019 eClinicalWorks and healow National Conference, every one of us is excited to meet old friends, share our experiences, and make new connections — in person.

Why? Because #eCWNC19 is about making the personal connections that can be hard to forge in our fast-paced world.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, National Conference

How Leaders Establish Organizational Success

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 10/11/19 5:00 PM

British economist Ronald Coase, honored with a Nobel Prize in Economics in 1991, often wrote about the structure of organizations. One of his chief insights was that as the transactional costs of achieving specific goals increases, it makes sense to create organizations to meet those goals.

Coase’s idea is familiar to every medical practice that has gone from paper to Electronic Health Records. Tasks once done manually, at great cost and effort, can now be done electronically, cheaply, and automatically.

But Coase’s insight goes still deeper. Even in our information age, many businesses respond to new challenges with old techniques — they work harder and longer. When they fall short of their goals, they assume they aren’t working hard enough.

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Topics: Electronic Health Records

3 Questions to Ask When Switching EHRs

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 10/4/19 4:00 PM

After a long and stressful day, you finally sit down, kick back, and start up the new video game you picked up. A black screen accompanies a sprawling medieval-inspired score and the rhythmic clacking of a horse speeding across a cobbled street. You wait. A white bar appears and then crawls slowly across the screen. Your eyelids grow heavier. As you get up to shut off the console, the screen changes to an armored knight riding his horse in circles without your guidance. A second later, the screen buzzes out, the music swells, and the game shuts off.

Now, imagine if the functionality of the software you use affected patients in the same way as a broken video game.

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Topics: Electronic Health Records

3 Lessons for Successfully Engaging Patients

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 9/25/19 2:44 PM

As the sun sets on a Friday night in the 1990s, voices and explosions from a movie trailer continue to loop in the background as you rush past a towering yellow gumball machine and prepackaged popcorn buckets. You tap your foot against the fading carpeted floor in nervous anticipation as you scan the brightly painted shelves for the newest release on VHS.

Video stores are dead. One of the major reasons why the rental video store market collapsed was their inability to adapt to evolving technology and customer needs. That being said, there are certain lessons that we can learn from the paradigm shift in the home-video viewing industry. Applying these lessons when choosing an EHR will keep your patients engaged and coming back to your practice.

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Topics: Electronic Health Records

Healthcare: All About Community

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 9/20/19 9:00 AM

When you really think about it, healthcare is all about community. In a complex society, no individual or family is completely on their own. All of us need others to help ensure our health and welfare, whether they are family members, teachers, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, or mental health providers.

National Health IT Week, which runs September 23-27, is the perfect time to pause and think about the communities to which we all belong. This year’s theme, “Supporting Health Communities,” centers on numerous points of engagement pertaining to public health and Population Health.

As the Health IT Week website notes, each of the points demonstrates “how information and technology can transform health and create healthy communities.”

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Topics: health outcomes

Sharing Knowledge and a Shared Vision for Health

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 9/13/19 9:15 AM

During an April 2018 TED Talk in Vancouver, British Columbia, neuroscientist Poppy Crum, chief scientist at Dolby Laboratories, posed a question that should resonate with anyone who works in the fields of healthcare and technology: “What happens when technology knows more about us than we do?”

Crum is among the featured speakers at next week’s Health 2.0 Annual Conference in Santa Clara, California. Whether we like it or not, she told her TED Talk audience, advances in technology mean that we are “already sharing parts of our inner lives.”

One of the tasks of a healthcare IT company is to develop ways to creatively respond to the realities of our information-saturated age, ensuring that patients’ personal and medical histories are protected while enabling providers to use medical data to improve lives.

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Topics: health outcomes, Electronic Health Records

How Long-term Thinking Improves Healthcare

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 9/6/19 9:30 AM

In his classic “Economics in One Lesson,” Henry Hazlitt wrote: “The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.” 1

Change “economics” to “healthcare,” and you have a useful guide for medical practices challenged to deliver quality care while controlling costs: Think about long-term consequences for all.

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Topics: health outcomes, improving healthcare IT, Electronic Health Records

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