Will Mental Health Providers get EHR Incentives? EHR Incentives for Behavioral HealthH.R. 3331, a bill to “amend title XI of the Social Security Act to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology” was introduced to Congress on July 20, 2017, by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui (D-CA). Additionally, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) ... Read more...

3 Ways (+1 bonus) EHR Data Helps Calm the Opioid Crisis Using EHR data to help kick the opioid habitCoordinating patient information through EHR data, and shared among healthcare providers, leads to better, more focused care to patients.  A complete picture emerges of the various health aspects of each individual, including physical health and mental health.  In the case of licit opioid use (e.g. oxycodone) often physical health problems initially warrant opioid use, but ... Read more...

EHR Customer Satisfaction: UPswing! EHR Customer satisfaction upbeatResults of the 2017 HEALTHCARE IT NEWS “EHR Satisfaction Survey” indicate a move in the positive direction for respondents in feeling that their providers and not only listening to their concerns but are also evolving their systems in responsiveness to user feedback – in other words, EHR customer satisfaction is on the rise.  “It is ... Read more...

In the Aftermath of Hurricanes, Your Choice of EHR Matters Hurricane satellite imageNames have meaning.  Names have value and communicate more than the syllables pronounced.  In the face of the weather which has pummeled the United States this past month, now these names have meaning:  Harvey.  Irma. Maria. And most recently, Nate.   Per the AMA “Morning Rounds” web news of October 5, 2017, “Damage from Hurricane Maria could ... Read more...

Is Your EHR Vendor Legit? The Top 4 things to Find Out integrity imageToday’s EHR market offers numerous options and tremendous variety in electronic health records software that it can be cumbersome to decide which vendor to choose.  Uncertainty can be due to any number of reasons, so this must be a big part of the discussion among your staff, prior to buying a new EHR.   First, the software’s ... Read more...

Using EHR Data to Improve Population Health EHR data Population HealthWithout data, managing the health of the communities would be near impossible for local health departments.  It also is, of course, an obvious fact that electronic health records are a key source of health data and can provide some greatly needed elements for analysis of population health.   By combining EHR data with a visualization tool, such ... Read more...