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Utilization Review vs. Utilization Management

October 24, 2014 by Abby Norman

Although the two terms are often used in the same way and to mean more or less the same thing in healthcare, the two concepts of Utilization Review and Utilization Management are subtly different. Understanding how they differ can help to improve communication around the subject.[read more]

Ebola: Are We Relying on EHR to Tell the Story?

October 24, 2014 by Lisa Sams, MSN, RCN

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Electronic health records (EHR) are essential tools in clinical care. When written words in an electronic record become the primary way information is shared among busy clinical staff, I believe we inject increased risk into clinical care. As the nation follows the Dallas case, let’s not lose sight of a crucial lesson from the first day: the role played by the EHR.[read more]

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How to Secure Data in Healthcare

October 23, 2014 by Rick Deglado

securing health data

Recent headlines of data security breaches at large corporations and system bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock have reminded us of the importance of proper network security. While we often equate these problems with banks or large retailers, we forget one of the most important, yet vulnerable, industries to these types of attacks - healthcare.[read more]

Challenges of Stage 2 Meaningful Use Require More Allies

October 22, 2014 by Cristine Kao

Stage 2 of Meaningful Use is a vital component to the initiative since it, as the U.S. government defines, “intends to increase health information exchange between providers and promote patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information.”[read more]

3 Pathology Synoptic Reporting Examples

October 21, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Structured practices for pathology reporting, and particularly use of template (synoptic) formats, have been demonstrated to improve reporting quality. Pathologists are fortunate in that a comprehensive library of peer reviewed templates is provided by the College of American Pathologists in the form of the CAP Cancer Checklists.[read more]

Clinical Documentation Improvement: Why Care About Synoptic Reporting?

October 19, 2014 by Tim Edlund

clinical documentation

Synoptic reports provide a more complete view of a patient’s condition than is generally achieved with longer narrative formats. They are computer-based worksheets that medical professionals use to enter and obtain information in a manner that is quicker and more accurate than free-text reports.[read more]

iPad EHR Drchrono Gears Up for HealthKit

October 16, 2014 by David E Williams

HealthKit and Drchrono

Drchrono bills itself as the “original mobile EHR built for the iPad.” With that in mind, I decided to ask the company’s co-founder and COO, Daniel Kivatinos for his thoughts on Apple’s entry into the healthcare space with its new Health app and HealthKit development tool. Here are my questions and his replies.[read more]

Apple HealthKit: Epic Integration at Ochsner Health System

October 16, 2014 by David Harlow

HealthKit

The first health system to announce that it had integrated HealthKit into its Epic EHR is Ochsner Health System in Louisiana. It is a 12-hospital, 40-clinic operation with over 900 physicians. I spoke recently with Dr. Richard Milani, Ochsner's Chief Clinical Transformation Officer. Here's what we talked about.[read more]

Ebola or Epic: Which Do US Hospitals Fear More?

October 9, 2014 by David E Williams

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I don’t laugh easily, but I did chuckle when I heard that a Texas hospital was blaming its electronic medical record for the hospital’s mishandling of the first Ebola case in the US. iHealthBeat does a very nice job of summarizing the situation and speculating on what really occurred.[read more]

Why I Won't Refill Your Prescription

October 7, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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Patients contact us nearly every day for prescription refills. Of course, we beg them to do so when they are in the office, but life doesn’t work this way and I understand this. Here are some instances when I will not refill the requested medicine.[read more]

New Technologies Are Defining Health Information Management

October 7, 2014 by Seth Kneller

source: TripleTree Analysis

In late August on these pages, we offered some views on provider adoption of EMR software. Several companies with roots in the HIM sector have emerged in recent years to address the gaps and limitations associated with most EHR deployments.[read more]

Benefits of Outsourcing Your Medical Claims Processing

October 6, 2014 by Alleli Aspili

Outsource your medical claims?

There was a time in the past when the tedious and complicated task of medical claims processing was a hands-on responsibility for physicians and doctors. Now, healthcare organizations get a lot more when they outsource their medical claims processing tasks to a third party.[read more]