Tag Archives for Electronic Health Record

What Will The 2015 Medical Office Look Like

Visualizing the Electronic Medical Practice of 2015 I just read an interesting article on the benefits of electronic health record (EHR) adoption. The article was written by Jeanette Borzo over at Software Advice. I thought it was a good narrative to with our readers. In the article, Jeanette depicts a doctor’s office in 2015, the year when financial penalties for failing to adopt EHRs are set to kick in. The article discusses everything from tracking patient health histories on an Continue Reading

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Guide to Negotiating an EHR Software License Agreement

Electronic Health Record Contracts I just finished reading an article about how to negotiate an Electronic Health Record software license agreement (SLA), by Houston Neal an EHR Market Analyst at Software Advice. I thought it would be a great resource for our readers. In the article, Houston’s focus is on the five key areas of medical software contracts: the user license, implementation, service obligations, hardware and interfaces and HITECH Act clauses. Houston writes ” …agreements can be complex and difficult Continue Reading

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What is the Meaningful Use Criteria?

Meaningful Use: Core and Menu Sets The criteria for Meaningful Use is detailed in a list of 25 requirements issued by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) which is part of the Department Health & Human Services.  The criteria is bren down into two sets of objectives and measures; A Core Set and a Menu Set. In the core set, there are 15 objectives that each provider must comply with. In the Menu set,  providers are free to choose Continue Reading

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Meaningful Use: Commercial Insurance Companies Adopt Criteria

If Doctors Want to Get Paid They May Have to Buy an EHR I was reading a blog post from John at “EMR and HIPAA” entitled “Commercial Insurance Implementing Meaningful Use” that stated on August 5, 2010, four insurance companies would now include Meaningful Use criteria in their pay for performance (P4P) programs. Meaningful Use is being able to demonstrate the use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) based on the criteria set by the government. Even if you have an Continue Reading

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Looking for the Meaning of Meaningful Use

What is Meaningful Use? Confused about the “meaningful use” component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s stimulus program? Well, no wonder. The definition is still in development, even though incentive payments are supposed to begin as early as October 2010 for hospitals. Payments to other “eligible professionals who are meaningful EHR users” are scheduled to begin in January, 2011. To back it up a bit, for those who haven’t had time to scour the scads of government documents, in Continue Reading

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