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A plus in the operating room, EHRs can cause trouble for providers in the courtroom

Electronic health records have been touted as having – and have proven to have – many benefits for healthcare organizations in terms of cost savings and efficacy of medical treatment. They are not, however, unalloyedly beneficial in the courtroom. As

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Techies invade HIT market: is their unfamiliarity with healthcare industry obstacle or advantage?

Until recently, healthcare software has been developed by IT professionals grounded in the healthcare industry. The latest arrivals to HIT development come from a range of non-healthcare industries. The vendor of one new product currently on the HIT market last

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Billions at risk as providers face Stage 2 hurdle

An impressive number of healthcare providers met Stage 1 requirements and qualified for EHR payments in 2011 and 2012 – some 170,000. Of these providers, who are therefore eligible to continue in the EHR incentive program, only about 4% appear

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Software to ease ICD-10 transition: providers consider the options

Congress’ decision this spring to delay the ICD-10 deadline has given healthcare providers some extra breathing space to make the transition, but many are seeking additional help in the form of new “language-to-code” translation software. Via Modern Healthcare: Despite the

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Family doctor EHR use up although use varies by location

The Annals of Family Medicine reports that although use of electronic health records has not increased significantly in all regions, it has risen dramatically nationwide in the last few years. Via Modern Healthcare: The number of family physicians who have

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Majority of health care providers have entered electronic age

Over half of U.S. doctors now use electronic medical records, and half of the remainder plan to start in the coming year, a new poll has found. Via HealthDay: TUESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) — A majority of U.S. physicians

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Study finds big increases in physicans’ online communications with patients

According to American Medical News (AMN), a new report by Manhattan Research states that online communications by physicians have increased by 14% since 2006.  The survey of 1900 physicians found that 39% of physicians use online communication tools such as email,

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HITECH Act Will Benefit Physician Practices

Physician practices are eligible to receive up to $44,000 per physician for meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Up to $18,000 for the first year (dropping to $15,000 if first year is not 2011 or 2012); $12,000 for the second

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