What Healthcare Can Learn From The Weather Channel

November 20th, 2014

The Next Hot Commodity: Your Personal Health Data

March 26th, 2014

The information contained about you in your doctors Electronic Health Record system is a commodity. A valuable one. But who owns it?

As consumers become more engaged with their own health care, the demand will soar for cost effective choices and products for patients. Consumers will rely heavily on mobile apps to track down and compare the best doctors, inexpensive imaging options and coupons for prescriptions.

And what about this data? Stage 2 and 3 of the Meaningful Use requirements already call for apps like secure doctor/patient communications, clinical summaries, patient education and product interoperability. Not only will sharing information save dollars, but it spells big business for advertisers.

How? By sharing a patients medical information, advertisers have a tremendous opportunity to deliver specific content to a consumer’s mobile devices based on behavioral patterns, current medical needs and preventative suggestions.

Capturing and sharing patient data through system interoperability can both cut costs of healthcare delivery as well as offer consumers more choices and savings for their healthcare. Security issues will surely be a ongoing concern, but such information can be rendered anonymous and depersonalized.

Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) is a work in progress, as are the components of Electronic Medical Record systems. The combination of revenue dollars, patient benefits and vendor marketshare will surely help to formulate the next milestone in healthcare interoperability.

For more information or to share your thoughts, visit www.MYEMRCHOICE.com

Dr. Watson? IBM to Expand Watson Supercomputer Abilities

January 10th, 2014

IBM is creating a business unit for the Watson supercomputer to encourage more apps built on the technology. The US $1B venture capital fund will include apps such as building versions of Watson that will data mine patient health records to determine optimal treatments and lifestyle changes.

Will Watson’s approach include access to willing Electronic Medical Record systems, patient Personal Health Records and healthy outcome resources? Perhaps even using social media for drawing comparisons? If so, this could be the beginning of a Grand Unified Theory of patient care and outcomes. After all, why should a patient get a second opinion when he can have a thousand?

We would like to know your thoughts!  Visit www.MyEMRChoice.com

What is Population Health?

November 20th, 2013

Population Health Management (PHM) is an evolving approach to effectively
manage patients across the continuum of health and care by delivering
appropriate intervention according to patient risk and disease severity. Many factors are taken into consideration for PHM, such as data from a patients Electronic Health and Medical Records (EHR/EMR), depersonalized claim submission information, doctor-to-doctor/doctor-to-patient interactions and communications other data not part of a patients medical records.

President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

November 19th, 2013

November 19, 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

EHR/EMR Acronyms Used in RFP to Select, Replace EHR Systems

November 14th, 2013

ACRONYM / Definition

ACA
Affordable Care Act

ADT
Admit Discharge Transfer

AL1
Patient Allergy Information

ASP
Active Server Pages

CCD
Continuity Of Care Document

CDA
Clinical Document Architecture

CDS
Clinical Decision Support

CDT
Current Dental Terminology

CMS
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services

CPOE
Computerized Physician Order Entry

CPT
Current Procedural Terminology

CVX
Codes For Vaccines Administered

DG1
Diagnosis Information

DSM
Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders

E & M
Evaluation & Management

EHR
Electronic Health Record

ELINCS
EHR-Lab Interoperability And Connectivity Specification

e-Rx
Electronic Prescribing

FQHC
Federally Qualified Health Center

FTE
Full Time Employee

H & P
History And Physical

HIE
Health Information Exchange

HITSP
Healthcare Information Technology Standards Pane

HITECH
Healthcare Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health
HL7
Health Level Seven Defined Standard Functional Model

HPI
History Of Present Illness

ICD
International Classification Of Disease

IHE
Integrating The Healthcare Enterprise

LOINC
Logical Observation Identifiers Names And Codes

MDM
Medical Document Management

MFN
Master Files Change Notification Message

MPI
Master Patient Index

MRN
Medical Record Number

MS-HIN
Mississippi Heath Information Network

MU
Meaningful Use

NCQA
National Committee For Quality Assurance

NHIN
National Health Information Network

OBR
Observation Request

OBX
Observation Segment

ONC-ATCB
Office Of The National Coordinator’s Authorized Testing And Certification Body

ORM
Order

ORU
Observation Result

Para-EHR:  All of the information that should be in a patients EHR, but isn’t

PCMH
Patient Centered Medical Home

PM
Practice Management

PQRS
Physician Quality And Reporting System (Formerly PQRI)

PV1
Patient Visit Information

RCM
Revenue Cycle Management

REF
Patient Referral

RF1
Referral Information

RFP
Request For Proposal

ROS
Review Of Systems

RRI
Return Referral Information

SaaS
Software-As-A-Service

SAML
Security Assertion Markup Language

SIU
Schedule Information Unsolicited

SNOMED
Systematized Nomenclature Of Medicine

SRM
Schedule Request Message

SSO
Single Sign-On

UDS
Uniform Data System

URL
Uniform Resource Locator

USPSTF
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

VPN
Virtual Private Network

VXU
Unsolicited Vaccination Record Update

Electronic Health Records Improvement Act (H.R. 1331)

November 12th, 2013

The summary below of the Electronic Health Records Improvement Act was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

Electronic Health Records Improvement Act – Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to exempt certain eligible physicians in solo practice and physicians near early retirement age from the application of the Medicare payment adjustment for not demonstrating electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use for certain payment years.

Establishes a special rebate for eligible professionals who receive a negative adjustment to their payments for failure to establish an EHR process but subsequently do establish a process meeting the criteria for establishing meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

Creates specified additional exceptions to the application of the Medicare negative payment adjustment for certain Medicaid providers participating in the Medicaid EHR incentive program and hospital-based eligible professionals not demonstrating EHR meaningful use.

Adds as a criterion for meaningful EHR user that an eligible professional satisfactorily uses a qualified national specialty registry system that measures quality improvement or improves patient safety.

Directs the Secretary to specify criteria for determining:

(1) if a national specialty registry system is qualified under this Act, and

(2) if an eligible professional has demonstrated satisfactory use of such a system for a period.

Extends:

(1) Medicare EHR incentives (increased payments and adjustments) to eligible professionals practicing in rural health clinics, and

(2) Medicare Electronic Prescribing (ERx) and quality reporting incentives to rural health clinics.

Disqualifies claims for items or services furnished by an eligible professional at an ambulatory surgical center during performance years for the 2015, 2016, or 2017 payment determinations from inclusion in data used to determine if the eligible professional is a meaningful EHR user.

Exempts certain eligible professionals from certain EHR meaningful use requirements for purposes of the Medicare payment adjustment.

Creates a process for eligible professionals to appeal a determination that they did not qualify as a meaningful EHR user.

Amends SSA title XIX (Medicaid) to make certain requirements of this Act inapplicable to eligible professional Medicaid provider incentives to encourage the adoption and use of certified EHR technology.

For most recent information on this bill, visit https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1331#overview

EHR Vendors Earn Incremental Revenue from Targeted Content Delivery

June 12th, 2013

EHR vendors are invited to use a patented online content delivery platform for clinical content for physicians and patients, drug sample programs, co-pay vouchers, DME orders and pharma promotional messaging to their entire EHR subscriber network.

This patented content delivery system is a HIPAA compliant, patented delivery model for a variety of clinical and promotional content to the EHR community. It also provides support for Meaningful Use stage 2 compliance. The benefit of a simple internet based connection, eliminating the high cost of establishing custom API’s and the ongoing maintenance associated with them, is an attractive proposition to the EHR vendor’s. The significant incremental revenue stream from multiple content sources is also very attractive proposition to help subsidize EMR adoption.

Call or visit EMR CHOICE at 1-888-348-1170 to join the network!

www.MyEMRChoice.com

Is Your EMR Being Forced Out?

May 21st, 2013

As the use of Electronic Health Records has reached a tipping point, many EHR vendors and their users are faced with the reality that a company is no longer financially sustainable. As a result, physicians may have too seek a new EHR system to replacce their old one.

Or do they?

If  “abandoned system” users are willing to pay $50 per month, they can likely not only keep the system alive, but make it thrive, keep updated with MU2/MU3, ICD-9 and other unforeseen changes in reporting regulations.

Also, If a practice has decided they can no longer stomach the HIT market
risk from unstable vendors, they can be provided their own PM and/or EMR. That’s right, they own it. A very affordable upfront cost, a system that works how they want it too.

Gone can be the model of ongoing SaaS fees. And, as a SaaS solution, customers can benefit from receiving INCREMENTAL REVENUE for their practice via a patented content delivery solution…Imagine communicating with every phycician and patient/consumer in the US on a targeted, granular level. Talk about ROI on, well, minimal ROI!

The result is an entire network of existing users on different systems with minimal disruption on their end.

For more information and immediate consideration, email us info@theEHRCompany.com or visit www.EHRCompanyNetwork.com

I See Your Online Ad! Too Bad I’m Not Clicking or Buying Anything From You

April 29th, 2013

Online media and advertising may be a mainstay for many hosted and web based EHR systems, but most of the delivered content falls on deaf ears.

Most marketers know that half of their advertising does not work. The problem is figuring out which half. It is like the giant billboard for a restutrant I pass going to and from work everyday…it has been there for years. Problem is I never set foot in the place.

This cash drain and sales meeting buzz kill can be remedied by having the immediate ability to control the content delivery to every physician in the US as well as the patients/consumers whos health data populate the many EHR systems available today. Did you know that this solution exists and its network is ready to assist anyone taking the time to explore the opportunity?

Anyone interested in finding out more or seeing a demo can contact My EMR Choice (www.MyEMRChoice.com). This patented, high demand solution will appeal to sales, marketing, CFOs, CIO and investors. We look forward to assisting you.