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The Rise and Importance of Telemedicine

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 8/23/19 4:45 PM
The first imagined iteration of telemedicine - the teledactyl - featured in the April 1924 edition of Radio News. nih.gov

The upbeat and warm sound of last year’s hit “Swingin’ Down the Lane” by Isham Jones fills the quiet of your parlor as you remove the stethoscope from your neck and lower the volume on your new radio. As you sit in a chair as angular as a Picasso, you pick up the latest copy of Radio News magazine and shake your head in wonder.

On the cover of the April 1924 edition of the magazine, three children are seated in front of a square system with two dials, a flaring horn, and a screen in the center of the contraption. With mouths wide open, the kids are saying “Ahh” as the image of a suited doctor equipped with robotic fingers like the metallic tentacles of the Martian ships from The War of the Worlds is projected onto a screen. Hugo Gernsback named this invention the teledactyl.

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Topics: telehealth, cloud, Physician burnout, Electronic Health Records

Recipe for a Successful EHR Implementation

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 8/21/19 3:00 PM

As organizations are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with their Electronic Health Record (EHR), many are beginning to make the switch for better healthcare IT. A recent Medical Economics’ study found 62% of practices have already switched EHRs at least once. 

In a new EHR, the organizations are seeking increased efficiency and productivity, advanced functionality, unified solutions, and data analytics. 

But ensuring success throughout the implementation process requires first understanding your practice’s actual needs and then working with a healthcare IT partner capable of meeting those needs quickly, efficiently, and affordably. 

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Topics: health outcomes, Electronic Health Records, Make the Switch

The Growing Importance of RCM

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 8/16/19 12:45 PM

Why getting the finances right matters

Healthcare today is a mix of payment models, third-party payers, complex regulations, and codes. A practice’s survival depends upon getting the finances right. As getting paid appropriately and accurately for rendering medical services has grown more complex, so too has the importance of having an effective Revenue Cycle Management solution.

The 2018 CAQH Index® report found an 18% increase between 2017 and 2018 in the total volume of healthcare transactions across the U.S. Manual transactions declined 6%, evidence that practices and health systems are continuing to make progress in implementing electronic processing for coding, claims, and reimbursements.

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Topics: RCM, Electronic Health Records

Patient-Centered Care: How the Approach Can Improve Healthcare

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 8/14/19 4:15 PM

The healthcare industry is undergoing dramatic efforts to improve the delivery of care. Lots of changes have already occurred that have expanded access to quality care. Now, the challenge is to shift the conversation to focus on optimizing health that emphasizes patient-centered care.

A recent report by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determined consumers should remain at the center of care to keep them engaged and healthy. CMS describes an optimal patient-provider relationship as one that “[gives] consumers access to their records, [enabling] them to be more active participants in their care, making care more person-centered.”

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Topics: Patient Engagement, telehealth, health outcomes, Electronic Health Records

Dawn of the Age of Population Health

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 8/7/19 5:15 PM

Many tools, but challenges persist

Each year brings new advances in medical technology and new understanding of challenges in healthcare. The progress of science is so visible that it’s easy for physicians, patients, and public-policy experts to believe all the tools necessary to build a healthier society are already in hand. 

In reality, many difficult and complex challenges remain. Conditions that have clear, adverse impacts on the quality of life — including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and poor nutrition — remain widespread. 

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Topics: Population Health, Electronic Health Records

National Health Center Week: Continuing the Legacy

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 8/5/19 11:55 AM

Discussions and debates over healthcare policy never end, but one point is beyond dispute: Since their founding in 1965, our nation’s community health centers have grown to play a vital role in delivering quality healthcare to more than 28 million Americans

During National Health Center Week, we take time to recognize the work that thousands of providers and staff do every day on behalf of communities across the nation.

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Topics: cloud, health outcomes, value-based medicine, Electronic Health Records

Emerging Technologies, Emerging Understanding

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 8/2/19 1:00 PM

Each year brings new technologies and breakthroughs in healthcare. But to ensure accurate understanding among patients, healthcare providers need to have and share realistic perspectives on technological advances. In short, what’s real and what’s hype?

The ABCD’s of Healthcare Progress

The following four areas have seen real progress, are likely to see more, and are directly or indirectly promoting better care and outcomes.

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Topics: value-based programs, Electronic Health Records

The Promise of a New EHR: Why Practices Switch

Posted by eClinicalWorks on 7/25/19 3:32 PM

Switching EHRs can be time-consuming and expensive, but practices continue to seek better healthcare IT. An EHR should provide comprehensive documentation, the latest interoperability, tools for Patient Engagement and Population Health, robust data analytics, and effective Revenue Cycle Management. 

Given how few EHRs meet all those criteria, it is not surprising that 62% of practices have switched EHRs at least once. 

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Topics: EHR, EHR implementation, Electronic Health Records

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