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.

Updated EHR Meaningful Use FAQs Issued April 2013

April 26th, 2013

(CREDIT HealthData Management)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has updated two new frequently asked questions about the electronic health records meaningful use program. They cover incentive payments affected by the budget sequestration and how providers should handle attestation when they switch EHR vendors during the program year:

Question: Will incentive payments earned in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive programs be affected by sequestration?

Answer: Incentive payments made through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are subject to the mandatory reductions in federal spending known as sequestration, required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postponed sequestration for 2 months. As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013. Under these mandatory reductions, Medicare EHR incentive payments made to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be reduced by 2%. This 2% reduction will be applied to any Medicare EHR incentive payment for a reporting period that ends on or after April 1, 2013. If the final day of the reporting period occurs before April 1, 2013, those incentive payments will not be subject to the reduction. Please note that this reduction does not apply to Medicaid EHR incentive payments, which are exempt from the mandatory reductions.

Question: For the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, how should an eligible professional (EP), eligible hospital, or critical access hospital (CAH) attest if the certified EHR vendor being used is switched to another certified EHR vendor in the middle of the program year?

Answer: If an EP, eligible hospital or CAH switches from one certified EHR vendor to another during the program year, the data collected for the selected menu objectives and quality measures should be combined from both of the EHR systems for attestation. The count of unique patients does not need to be reconciled when combining from the two EHR systems.

If the menu objectives and/or clinical quality measures used are also being changed when switching vendors, the menu objectives and/or quality measures collected from the EHR system that was used for the majority of the program year should be reported,

PharmEHR Summit a Great Event

April 18th, 2013

Philadelphia, April 17, 2013

The PDR Network held its third annual PharmEHR summit here yesterday. The heavy turnout consisted of professionals in pharmaceuticals, Electronic Medical/Health Records, Healthcare Information research and many others. This was by all measures an outstanding event.

Some of our favorite takeaways:

EHR systems today are like comparing pay phones to today’s smart phones

EHR implementation can decrease practices productivity for the first 6 months. Benefits do then become evident.

Patient portals for communication with patients are imperative, but can lead to too much unwanted and unnecessary chit chat from patients/consumers. Think of it as your “friends” on Facebook that post too much. Chief focus is Appointment reminders, demographic changes and compliance in patients taking their meds.

Stimulus kicked HIT/EMRs to front stage, but please make my EHR easy to use!

Healthcare needs a Grand Unified Theory, just like physicist seek to link gravity, strong nuclear, electromagnetic and weak interactive forces (OK, that one is mine).

Evidence Based Medicine is beneficial yet still evolving

Physicians must be careful of how they communicate with patients on the latest social networking tools and sites

Physicians want “pharma features” in their EHR system

MU Stage 2 requires that 10% of patients can view, download and transmit their EHR info (VDT). Wonder if the government will provide stimulus payments to 10% of US patients/consumers to buy an new laptop?)

“Free” EHR systems with a business model based on advertising. (Comments from investors are welcomed, especially from investors in such companies)

The jury is still out on “Couponing” …on the spot concierge service to provide patients.

Vendors of Electronic Health Records (400+ representing more than 1000 certified systems) know that half of their advertising does not work. Problem is they don’t know which half. But banner click rates are crazy low.

Cooperation among all players is evident. Interoperability is the key.

If Einstein took on Healthcare, this may be his solution

March 8th, 2013

Well, it looks like our timing is right on.

This week at HIMSS 2013, a initiative was announced to achieve “data liquidity” (get used to this new buzz word) to promote and certify a national infrastructure with a common platform. Such an initiative is another step towards a “Grand Unified Theory” for US healthcare.

The initiative is known as the Commonwell Health Alliance, a non-for-profit organization that will support universal and secure access to health data through universal vendor interoperability. Commonwell will also ensure that health solutions are certified to play ball with existing operating standards. ‘meaninful Use” for cool third party apps, if you will.

This initiative is hot. The founding members of Commonwell include athenahealth, Allscripts, Cerner, Greenway Medical and McKesson. These folks know a little something about health data. And they want other health IT and Electronic Medical Record companies to join in. It’s the right thing, and it is time.

Initial stage “certification” will include items such as Cross-entity patient linking, patient consent, data access and query/locator services.

Soon, patients will be asking their doctors for access to their medical info anywhere, anytime on-demand. And they will want it mobile, too. Organizations like the Commonwell Health Alliance and The EHR Company Network will not only serve to provide convenience to patients, but savings to the health industry. $2.8 trillion in healthcare costs must be brough under control. We could be on our way.

Heathcare Needs a Grand Unified Theory. Here’s some evidence

March 6th, 2013

This week at HIMSS 2013 news broke about the formation of the Commonwell Health Alliance trade association by EHR rivals Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, Greenway, and McKesson. They say they’ll promote data exchange among their systems and invite other vendors to join them.

This illustrates another step towards uniting patients, data and doctors through apps designed to make peoples lives easier.

Drill, Baby, Drill…for Medical Data

February 19th, 2013

Geisinger Health System of Pennsylvania is to launch a study of health impacts in PA’s natural gas drilling region.

Working with other health systems, this initiative will develop a health surveillance network aimed at assessing and reporting on the patient data gathered from electronic health records (EHR/EMR).

“The goal is to create a cross-disciplinary, integrated and sharable repository of data on environmental exposures, health outcomes and community impacts of Marcellus shale drilling — the first systematic longitudinal study to do so,” the announcement said. “Some of the potential health effects that are likely to be investigated first include asthma, trauma and cardiovascular disease” a release stated.

The area of Pennsylvania known as the Marcellus shale region has seen increased efforts to extract natulal gas from existing underground shale formations and has been instrumental in creationg many new economic opportunities. The process, known as fracking, may hold some hidden health concerns such as possible air and water contamination.

Electronic Medical Records, Einstein and You: Healthcare data needs a Grand Unified Theory

February 18th, 2013

Soon, most every eligible provider in the US will be using an EMR system. Then what?

This month, EMR CHOICE and The EHR Company Network will begin to feature the practical roadmap to EMR use beyond the targeted 2014-2015 adoption date. We will share plans from healthcare IT experts and private sector medical apps developers and investment/VC groups as they focus on the ultimate prize: Consumer health apps and mobile opportunities aimed at providing true convenience for patients. Imagine Facebook, EMR/EHR, physicians, medical share sites and data mining firms all on one central platform. Or…Why get a second opinion when you can have a thousand?

We want to hear from you, too. Contact us and join The EHR Company Network!

10 EHR Vendors commit to View, Download, Transmit

September 21st, 2012

View/download/transmit is an EHR functional requirement under Stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Four vendors initially took the pledge and the count now is up to 10. They are: Alere Wellogic, Allscripts, athenahealth, AZZLY, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Greenway Medical Technologies, Intellicure, NextGen and SOAPware.

Making Electronic Health Records go mobile

September 13th, 2012

The HITECH Act of 2009 calls for the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by 2015 for the majority of US physicians. These physicians qualify for incentive funds once they purchase, use and show “meaningful use” (MU) of the EHR system. The process and requirements of showing MU are ongoing and undergoes changes, like a sports team proceeding deep into the playoff rounds.

Some of the more recognizable components of MU include electronic prescriptions and patient access to their medical records. Regarding the former, the present mantra of encouraging HER vendors to allow a patient to View, Download and Transmit their data at will.

Enter mobile applications.

With 90% of physicians desiring remote access to their EHR system and the amount of American patients/consumers using mobile devices, it is critical for EHR vendors to develop a mobile application to keep up with marketplace demands for mobile access to patient data. Simply put, what will drive the market to pursue mobile app development for EHR systems is that patients and physicians alike are thinking “It’s my data and I want it now”.

So what is a mobile app? A mobile app is different than mobile web access to a EHR website or cloud based solution on five mission critical categories:

PERFORMANCE: Mobile web internet reliance results in slower load and response. Mobile apps runs locally with quick loading and fluid interaction.

COST: Mobile web is less investment as it is quicker to develop and roll out. Mobile apps require more investment due to resource and time demands, but can be updated and maintained with more ease.

MAINTENANCE: Mobile web is relatively simple to update. Mobile apps are updated through new versions for the user to download.

COMPATIBILITY: Mobile web provides easy creation of platforms and browser versions. Mobile apps require a separate version for each OS.

USER EXPERIENCE: Mobile web is designed for the desktop so access via a mobile device can be less satisfying. Mobile apps are made for mobile-offering smoother, faster and a more fluid user experience.

Other considerations in favoring development of a truly mobile app for Electronic Health Record systems are the many new features available that run seamlessly with the users mobile device. These include charge capture, coding, patient portals and secure communications, eRx, automatic reminders, billing, medication tracking, ultrasounds performed and captured on a user’s mobile phone and many more apps being developed each day. And throw social capabilities in there also…you know it’s coming.

So let’s repeat the mantra (with a twist): View, Download, Transmit-via mobile!

Soon, there may be no limit to what Electronic Health Records can do.

Introducing The EHR Company network!

August 23rd, 2012

Now, there is nothing that Electronic Health Records can’t do.

What will happen when most physicians have a EHR system in use in a two years or so? Will that mark the burst of the EHR/EMR tech bubble? We don’t think so.

Launch in September 2012, The EHR Company network will feature the many value added productas and services to enrich the offerings of many leading EHR systems. It is like an app store for EMRs! Featured will be cool new apps in the field of:

Personal Health Records

Replacement EHR systems

Mobile EHR apps

eRx and Lab apps

Cloud Hosting solutions

Business Intelligence and Clinical data mining

Coolest new third party apps for EHR systems

Highspeed/Broadband/Fiber Connectivity

Labtops, PCs, tablets, slates and iPad solutions

Patient Convenience services and Education

…and much more!

The EHR Company network is accepting products and category suggestions to be listed on the new site. Simply email you product/category to info@TheEHRCompany.com or call us at 1-888-348-1170