Does Your EMR Come with Needs Analysis?

Why buy an EMR if you’re not going to use it? At gloStream, our proprietary, five-stage gloStream Detailed Needs Analysis (gloDNA) helps us gain a complete understanding of the way each practice functions — and act accordingly for better results.

Improve Patient Care with gloEMR

EMRs should help, not hurt, your practice and your patients. Many respondents to a new survey are worried that EMR implementation will lead to lower-quality care for their patients. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The 2011 National Physicians Survey, conducted in 2010 and updated in December 2010 and January 2011, surveyed 2,958 physicians across the country.

Can You Afford an EHR?

Despite $20 billion in EMR implementation incentives offered by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, there’s still a problem when it comes to calculating return on investment in health care IT, according to a recent Computerworld article.

Is Health Care IT Living Up to Expectations?

EHRs are a long way from living up to expectations, according to a recent article in Computerworld — but not all EHRs present common problems. As of 2009, only 12% of U.S. hospitals had adopted electronic health records (EHRs), according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health . That may be because many EHR projects fail, according to a study by University College London . And they fail, in many cases, because they’re hard to use, to experts from the Institute of Medicine : Health care providers have to flip among many screens to access data, which can be more cumbersome than working with paper charts.

Are You Using Best Practices for EHR Implementation?

When 30 percent to 40 percent of all electronic health record (EHR) implementations fail, by some estimates, following best practices is essential to success — and those practices are surprisingly simple, according to two consultants. The following six best practices are essential to success in EHR implementation.

No Backlog for Meaningful Use Testing and Certification

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has begun posting names of certified electronic medical records (EMRs), and says it does not anticipate a backlog accommodating additional testing. Meaningful use certification is required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The CCHIT has increased its capacity to accommodate anticipated increased demand.

gloEMR is Certified!

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has begun posting names of certified electronic medical records/electronic health records (EMRs/EHRs) - and gloEMR is among them. Meaningful use certification is required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). On October 1, the CCHIT announced it had completed 33 certifications as an authorized certification testing body (ACTB) in just a little more than three weeks.

The Importance of On-Site, In-Person Training and Support for EMR

Any Electronic Medical Record (EMR) vendor should meet some basic requirements, such as meaningful use—but you’ll also want to look beyond these basics when selecting your EMR. For example, can the vendor you’re considering offer on-site, in-person training? Can they provide effective support after your EMR is implemented? The EMR you choose will be an integral part of your practice’s operation for many years, so you’ll want to select an EMR system that you can learn how to use effectively—from a vendor that will be around to support it.

The Importance of Data Portability and Stimulus Preparation

Things change—and change could affect your electronic medical record (EMR). That’s why it’s important to choose an EMR that will qualify for stimulus funding and a vendor that guarantees data portability. Stimulus funding Doctors considering an EMR should be certain that the system is certified and stimulus-ready.