How to tell if you need a new EHR system?

According to Black Book Rankings survey 2013, nearly 80% of US physicians are dissatisfied with their current Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. The reasons for their dissatisfaction include the systems being clunky, difficult to use, boring, not interoperable, not compliant to regulatory requirements and the like. But can the physicians do something to make their current systems work? Is replacing the current EHR systems the only viable solution? Can the current EHR vendor upgrade or improve the system?

Let’s give you a few tips through which the need for a new EHR system or otherwise can be gauged.


Interoperability is the future of healthcare industry. If the current EHR software is not able to meaningfully connect with other entities in the healthcare delivery model, the current vendor needs to be questioned about their ability to make it work. If the vendor is not able to make the required changes in the software or cannot provide interoperability, then it is time to move on.

Regulatory changes

The government is regularly updating the regulatory requirements for the healthcare IT industry. The implementations of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use 2 are two very important changes that are taking place for the users. In case the current vendor is unable to upgrade its system to meet the regulatory requirements for the practice, then it may be time to look for alternatives.

Data security

Complete security of patient data is of crucial importance for any EHR user. Recently, there have been many data security lapses as far as patient data is concerned. The government and HIPAA are also frequently addressing the loopholes in the legislation in order to impose stricter fines and penalties on those EHR vendors who are unable to guarantee complete security. It must be made sure that the EHR vendor constantly improves the security protocols related to safety of patient data.

Cost to change

If the cost to change EHR vendors exceeds the future benefits, then it may not be a wise move to make a switch. However, if the current EHR system is hampering productivity, then practices might consider switching to better, robust solutions. Remember, it is always better to partner with a small EHR vendor with a better innovation plan rather than a big EHR vendor with no vision for future.

Patient portal

Patient portals are going to revolutionize the healthcare delivery model by increasing patient engagement to levels where they are able to self-schedule and increase shared decision making. In case the current EHR vendor is unable to equip its product with Patient Portals, then it may be a good decision to move on.

These are some of the important areas which a practice can rely on before deciding if a new EHR system is required.


CureMD Connects with Hospital Corporation of America

CureMD Healthcare, the leading provider of EMR, PM and Portal Cloud, announced the launch of its HIE connectivity with one of largest hospital organizations of the nation, The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

HCA is nation’s leading provider of healthcare services through locally managed facilities in 20 states and Great Britain and employs approximately 183,000 people. Based in Nashville, TN, HCA was founded in 1968 and is one of the nation’s first hospital companies. HCA currently operates 164 hospital and 106 Free Standing Ambulatory Care centers in 20 states as well as in Great Britain. Nearly five percent of all inpatient care delivered in the country today is provided by HCA facilities.

The connectivity enables physicians associated with HCA facilities to conveniently exchange hospital based clinical and medical management information with CureMD’s Smart Cloud EMR, practice management and Portal. Consequently, providers deliver better care with all information at their fingertips. This technology supports the flow of health information between physician practices, hospitals, long term care facilities, labs, radiology centers, and other health care institutions. CureMD HIE connectivity allows delivery of the right health information to the right place at the right time, providing safer, more timely, efficient, patient-centered care.

Saeed Khan MD,MBA, FACP who runs the largest physician group in rural Okeechobee County in Florida has commented on his partners ability to access the HCA area platform. “The ability to seamlessly connect with the hospital gives us the tools to provide the highest quality of care, reduce duplication of tests and services which in turn enhances patient safety by preventing potential errors.”

CureMD is an award winning network of health information management systems and services offering certified EHR, practice management, patient portal, revenue cycle management and discrete reportable transcription to help accelerate adoption and Meaningful Use – driving outcomes and subsidy payments to maximize value and returns. CureMD’s advanced web technology and award winning usability facilitate quality decision making, streamline operations, and ensure compliance.


CureMD Customer Amongst Nation’s Fastest Meaningful Use Achievers to Receive Incentive Payment

New York, NY. May 31, 2011 – CureMD proudly announced today that its provider was amongst nation’s fastest Meaningful Use achievers to have received incentive payments for Stage 1 meaningful use from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Dr. Robert Smith received $18,000 Medicare’s maximum incentive amount for 2011, for having satisfied the 90 continuous days of meaningful use reporting in record time.

Capitalizing on growing provider optimism, CureMD is widely supporting its installed base in achieving meaningful use goals by providing an array of services that include webinars, presentations and consultancy services. Key points being addressed include MU areas tripping providers, successful MU strategies, training staff on guidelines and providing support from registration to attestation. In addition, users get free access to educational resources and special tools such as KPI Dashboards.

“We look forward to a multitude of our customers receiving meaningful use funds throughout 2011 and beyond. CureMD was amongst the first batch of EHR’s to receive ONC-ATCB certification in October last year and we are glad that this has literally started to ‘pay back’ our customers” said Kamal Hashmat, CEO at CureMD. Dr. Smith is one of many physicians that have received or are on the verge of receiving meaningful use incentives. Whilst speaking to CureMD, Dr. Smith said he was extremely pleased with CureMD and praised the excellent service provided to him by his dedicated Account Manager.

CureMD is also CMS approved EHR for PQRS and eRx incentive payments, enabling physicians to automatically submit data to CMS, driving outcomes and subsidy payments to maximize value and returns.

Meaningful Use incentives were established by the ARRA to reward medical providers who successfully demonstrate meaningful use of an electronic health records system in ways that improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of patient-centered care.

CureMD delivers a superior combination of all-in-one EHR, practice management & patient portal solution with innovative services like discrete reportable transcription (DRT), compliance advisory and billing services to help providers practice meaningful use, increase collections, receive incentives and subsidy payments to maximize value and returns.


CureMD Healthcare Weekly Webinar – Healthcare Reform in 2011 & Beyond

Starts: Thursday November 11, 2010, 03:30PM EST
Ends: Thursday November 11, 2010, 04:00PM EST
Event Type: Training/Seminar
Location: This is a virtual event.
Industry: hospital & health care
Keywords: CureMD, EHR, EMR, Healthcare, Obama EHR stimulus package, Stimulus electronic medical records incentives, ARRA, Medicare advantage claims, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, HealthCare IT, Medicare, Medicare stimulus, EHR Meaningful Use
Intended For: Hospital Administrator, Medical Professionals, Healthcare Professionals, Healthcare Financial Management Professionals, Managed Care Executives,Office Manager, Accountants, Clinical Analysts, Physicians, EHR Buyers
Organization: CureMD Healthcare

The next couple of years are going to change the face of healthcare. Join us, as we cover the Affordable Care Act, Medicare & other upcoming changes to Physician Reimbursement.

Presented by Fred Melroy, Director of UPN. (University Physicians Network)

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CureMD Launches DRT MU at MGMA’s 2010 Annual Conference

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) October 28, 2010

CureMD, the leading provider of healthcare information technology, announced today the launching of discrete reportable transcription for meaningful use (DRT MU) at the MGMA’s 2010 Annual Conference.

CureMD DRT MU empowers physicians to more effectively utilize EHR as it contributes dramatically toward adoption and Meaningful Use. It is the World’s first and only overnight transcription service that directly populates dictations as per MU criteria in pre-designated, fully customized templates.

DRT MU effectively addresses EHR usability issues, reducing time spent documenting patient encounters, consults and assessments by supporting narrative dictation with results directly populated into the EHR – driving adoption success close to 100%.

“DRT MU will further stimulate the exceptional user experience that CureMD is known for” said Kamal Hashmat, CEO of CureMD. “With five star usability rating, built in speciality configurations, and user driven updates – we offer much more than just a certified product.”

CureMD DRT MU allows pro-transcription physicians to continue this practice while cutting their costs in half and effortlessly comply with MU requirements.
CureMD DRT MU offers the following benefits:

  • Meaningful use compliance
  • 70% reduction in training time/cost
  • 87% reduction in data entry time
  • 45% reduction in transcription costs initially
  • Transcription costs on follow-up visits decreased by 80%
  • No change from traditional practices in interaction with patient
  • Ability to capture discrete data
  • Populate EHR via dictation instead of physician data entry
  • 90% of discrete data with 15% of the effort

CureMD is exhibiting this cutting edge technology at MGMA 2010 Booth #960.

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About CureMD
CureMD is an award winning network of health information management systems and services offering certified EMR, practice management, patient portal, revenue cycle management and discrete reportable transcription to accelerate adoption and Meaningful Use – driving outcomes and subsidy payments to maximize value and returns. CureMD’s advanced web technology and award winning usability facilitate quality decision-making, streamline operations and ensure compliance.

Trusted by thousands of practices ranging from solo and group practices to large multispecialty organizations nationwide, CureMD is all that you need to succeed in today’s performance driven reimbursement environment.

About MGMA
MGMA is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Since 1926, MGMA has delivered networking, professional education and resources and political advocacy for medical practice management. The Association started as a small network of clinic managers, called the National Association of Clinic Managers, which met for the first time in Madison, Wis., in 1926. The name was changed to the Medical Group Management Association in 1963 to reflect the diverse management roles found in group practice.


Exclusive Webinar by Transworld Systems on Profit Recovery & Collection Solutions

Profit Recovery & Collection Solutions

Are you finding it hard to collect dues from non-responsive patients? Sometimes all the patient needs is a timely reminder. Transworld, the leading collection agency in the US would like to show you how their automated system can help.

Presenter: Steven Wener / Eric Knight – Transworld Systems
Date: Thursday August 26, 2010
Time: 3:30 – 4:00 PM EDT
Duration: 30 Minutes

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CureMD’s proud partner – AMG Medical Group

Healthcare has been out-of-reach for 47 million Americans and unfortunately, the situation continues to worsen. At AMG Medical Group (AMG), we would like to change that.

AMG Medical Group was founded on the basis of providing high quality healthcare at an affordable cost to the many deserving people living without it. As a medical group, our goal is to ensure that healthcare does not become a fantasized luxury, but becomes, as it should be, an accessible reality to all of those in need.

To achieve this goal, AMG Medical Group has created facilities that are fully equipped in offering comprehensive medical services. Such services include, but are not limited to, medical, office-based surgical care, gynecological care, pediatrics, lab work, imaging, and physical therapy. Eighty percent of emergency visits can be taken care of in our facilities, and accordingly, we are available for urgent care during office hours and on weekends at certain locations.

The primary concern of AMG Medical Group is, above all, the quality of healthcare that our members receive. We follow this belief so wholeheartedly that we have crafted our systems of operation around it. The third party payer system has led to the increasing amounts of premiums and the misalignment of incentives of providers and consumers. We, on the other hand, make sure that the provider and the patient are directly connected. In such a fashion, we are able to eliminate the waste that is prevalent in the healthcare system, but more importantly, we make ourselves accessible to you and always aware of your needs. We hope to revolutionize the way the healthcare system views the consumer, and we are doing so with you at the forefront.