Why healthcare staff should be better connected


According to a research, nearly 50% of US hospitals are allowing their staff to bring their own devices to work. Without any doubt, it is helping in easy access to medical records which lead to improved safety, efficiency and patient confidence.healthcare

Especially in practices which specialize in pediatrics, mobile and tablet devices can be a source of a lot of interest for children and can help them be more attentive towards their physicians. As the healthcare industry continues to progress forward, mobile access to health records and information would become of crucial importance. More and more vendors are now offering mobile solutions to their electronic health records (EHRs) and are making technology available for users. One such vendor is CureMD, which is offering mobile solution for its EHR users. Click here to learn more about it.

Remote access to information has boosted the confidence of front end staff working in practices. It allows them to check drugs, see patient schedules, view insurances, etc. conveniently. This technology is also taking the industry towards a completely paper-less environment where there is no need to maintain multiple sets of records which require frequent updates. Mobile patient records also mean different clinicians can view them simultaneously and use them as per their needs. It also improves accuracy of records and clinicians do not need to travel back to the office all the time.connecteed

However, despite the benefits, connectivity remains a tough challenge in the way of mobile healthcare. It is one aspect the healthcare industry needs to address soon. Having a secure connection to the internet is not possible at all times and thus, the data becomes vulnerable to intruders. Patient information can never be risked at this level and is subject to strict punishments from HIPAA.

Despite the shortcomings, there is absolutely no doubt mobile healthcare is the future of the industry and helps a lot in improving patient-physician coordination. It also reduces cost of healthcare delivery and improves efficiency to a great extent.

 

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

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 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)

Check out CureMD Free Weekly Webinar Schedule @ http://www.curemd.com/Webinar.asp

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How you can recover more from your existing patient load


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CureMD’s Practice Management Systems integrate the management of your revenue cycle, protecting your income from frequent sources of revenue loss.

See how you can recover more from your existing patient load.

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CureMD Healthcare Weekly Webinar – Money in Escheatment – Thursday August 5th 3:30PM EDT


Starts: Thursday August 05, 2010, 03:30PM EDT
Ends: Thursday August 05, 2010, 04:00PM EDT
Event Type: Training/Seminar
Website: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/196811624
Industry: hospital & health care
Keywords: CureMD, EHR, EMR, Healthcare, Obama EHR stimulus package, Stimulus electronic medical records incentives, Medicare advantage claims, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, HealthCare IT, Medicare, Medicare stimulus, meaningful use of EHR
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

You will never experience a quicker lesson than this in finding money.

Presented by Robert Goff, Executive Director and CEO of University Physicians Network(UPN).

Check out CureMD Free Weekly Webinar Schedule @ http://www.curemd.com/Webinar.htm

 

CureMD Healthcare webinar – How To Cash In Meaningful Use – Thursday July 29th 3:30PM EDT


Starts: Thursday July 29, 2010, 03:30PM EDT
Ends: Thursday July 29, 2010, 04:00PM EDT
Event Type: Training/Seminar
Location: This is a virtual event.
Website: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/893967288
Industry: hospital & health care
Keywords: CureMD, EHR, EMR, Healthcare, Obama EHR stimulus package, Stimulus electronic medical records incentives, Medicare advantage claims, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, HealthCare IT, Medicare, Medicare stimulus, meaningful use of EHR
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 final regulations were published July 16th, 2010 and it is time to take advantage of the government incentives for using EMR. If you are not ready to fully participate, join us next Thursday July 29th at 3:30 PM and learn how you can cash in. We will review the new final regulations as well as the incentive payments for E-Prescribing and PQRI. Let this program show you the simple way to $44,000 per eligible provider plus 4% added to your Medicare payments starting in 2011.

The program is brought to you by CureMD and presented by Fred Melroy, Senior Director of Contracting for NYULMC and UPN(University Physicians Network).

Check out CureMD Complimentary Weekly Webinar Schedule @ http://www.curemd.com/Webinar.htm

 

CureMD Healthcare Weekly Webinar – Don’t Be Paralyzed, Analyze


Starts: Thursday July 22, 2010, 03:30PM EDT
Ends: Thursday July 22, 2010, 04:00PM EDT
Event Type: Training/Seminar
Location: This is a virtual event.
Website: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/544732137
Industry: hospital & health care
Keywords: CureMD, EHR, EMR, Healthcare, Obama EHR stimulus package, Stimulus electronic medical records incentives, Medicare advantage claims, Electronic Health Record, Electronic Medical Record, HealthCare IT, Medicare, Medicare stimulus, meaningful use of EHR
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

It is a challenge to completely understand your practice’s revenue sources and streams. Find out how to analyze your revenue, so you can make more informed decisions about your practice.

Check out CureMD Free Weekly Webinar Schedule @ http://www.curemd.com/Webinar.htm

If you don’t understand your practice’s revenues sources and streams, how can you make decisions?

Presented by Robert Goff, Executive Director and CEO of University Physicians Network(UPN).

Want to get a clear sense on Health Care Reform Bill?

Want to know how you could benefit from stimulus medicare incentives, especially Medicare EMR incentives?

Want to know how to be qualified as a meaningful user of a Certified EHR to receive the ARRA EHR stimulus?

Want to know the EMR Stimulus Payment schedule?

Want to know how will the new health insurance law affect your practice?

Want to know how new regulations impact health care pros?

Want to know more on local medicare advantage plans besides Obama EHR stimulus package?

Want to know where to bill medicare advantage claims?

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