The Ten Commandments of EHR Implementation

The other day, I wrote an article giving 7 steps to follow when searching for and implementing an EHR into your practice. Today, I return with The Ten Commandments of EHR Implementation. These commandments should be taken as commitments that you are making to your practice, your staff, and yourself. Keep these in the back of your head as you go through the process of putting your EHR to work! Continue reading…

Technology: The Health Care Paradigm Shift

I’ve been involved with health care (one way or another) long enough to realize that there is no such thing as “the right answer.” What works for one country (in terms of policy, regulations, insurance coverage etc) won’t necessarily work for another. Yet I’ve noticed that one key component that’s role has remained stable and constant throughout the tribulations of health care reform: technology. As someone put it: with healthIT innovations, its not that people SHOULD pursue ventures, its that people NEED to pursue ventures. The money is there, the need couldn’t be greater, and with ever-growing government regulation (MU etc), the adoption is there as well. These are probably the most exciting times in health care in the last century, and I’m glad to be young enough to get the full experience. Continue reading…

Health Information Exchange: The Long Road

In a recent entry in Health Affairs, the Office of the National Coordinator released some information on the strategy for advancing the exchange of health information over the next years. We start with the obvious: most health information today is not shared electronically, with fax and mail still being the major exchange method. Because of this, health information remains largely in the hands of providers, with little to no info following the patient along their path to care. Continue reading…