Posts Tagged ‘Electronic Health Records’

Infographic: Top 20 EHR Software

August 14th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Electronic Health Record (EHR) software allows medical professionals to access patient medical records from a centrally-accessible system. EHRs are growing at a rate of over 16 percent per year, with a market size estimated to reach $6 billion by 2015.

The top EHR software being utilized is eClinicalWorks, according to a new infographic from Capterra. The infographic also shows the other most popular options measured by a combination of their total number of customers, users and social presence.

Top 20 EHR Software

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Infographic: Analytics — The Nervous System of IT-Enabled Healthcare

June 10th, 2013 by Melanie Matthews

The rapid spread of electronic health records (EHRs) in recent years is one of the factors that have driven the adoption of clinical intelligence applications.

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation describes the current status of healthcare analytics and the benefits of clinical intelligence in a new infographic.

Analytics --- The Nervous System of IT-Enabled Healthcare

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Infographic: HIT Meaningful Use

April 5th, 2013 by Melanie Matthews

More than 40 percent of all primary care physicians are using regional extension centers to achieve meaningful use of healthcare IT, according to an infographic released by HealthIT.gov.

Other data points highlighted in the infographic include the physician reported benefits of health IT, EHR adoption and the number of physicians who have or will apply for meaningful use incentives.

Health Information Technology --- America's Healthcare Providers are Using Health IT and EHRs

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Infographic: Electronic Health Records Growing in Importance

December 10th, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

The rise of EHRs is one of the most critical evolutions currently occurring in the field of medicine, particularly within the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense health systems.

An IronMountain infographic provides background data on the scope of the VA and DOD EHR system as well as integration challenges.

When the VA and DoD have a fully integrated EHR, they will be able to see the full medical history, creating the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Health Record (VLER).

Electronic Health Records Growing in Importance

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11 Ways to Engage Consumers in Patient Portals

September 5th, 2012 by Patricia Donovan
patient portal

Patient portals increase engagement, support stage 2 meaningful use.

Patient portals are an ideal way to boost patient engagement, a metric getting lots of attention in stage 2 of the federal government’s incentive plan for meaningful use of EHRs. Stage 2, which will begin as early as 2014, increases health information exchange between providers and promotes patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information.

Under the final rule issued last month, organizations vying for meaningful use incentives will not only have to demonstrate the availability of patient portals, but also the percentage of patients accessing health information via these channels.

There are plenty of portals already out there, but how can healthcare companies convince patients and health plan members to use the portal? Problems with portal awareness, functionality and health literacy can sink a portal project before it gets off the ground. In a Physicians Practice podcast, pediatrician Peter M. Kilbridge, a senior research director with The Advisory Board Company, suggests 11 ways to not only engage patients in portal use but also increase the likelihood they’ll return to the tool continually to manage their health:

  1. Make sure patients are aware of the portal. Staff should inform patients about the portal, and brochures and sign-in credentials should be readily available, recommends Dr. Kilbridge.
  2. Highlight functions patients care about, such as the ability to send secure messages or questions and schedule referrals.
  3. If patients aren’t scheduled to come in to the office for an appointment, send them an e-mail or snail mail announcement about the portal.
  4. When building a portal, it’s important that patients get there on the first try. Keep the instructions and path to the portal simple.
  5. Define the physician’s role in this process — the most important role, Dr. Kilbridge emphasizes. “Physicians have a greater ability than anyone else to influence. You must educate the physicians in proper portal use.” Even among physicians, the digital divide is great, he adds. “Show the physicians how the portal will help them — by reducing phone calls, by motivating patients to follow up on test results.” All of these benefits can improve overall clinical indicators for a practice.
  6. Encourage the healthy to use the portal. “Healthy patients will use the portal when it simplifies routine tasks, like making appointments.”
  7. Add health and wellness information, such as links to community activities such as walks or runs, that providers can point to during visits.
  8. For patients with chronic illness, offer logs for them to enter regular data, such as weight o A1C levels, and activate red flags when they reach warning levels.
  9. Pay attention to health literacy levels, making sure the information and tools available from the portal are easy to understand.
  10. Coordinate the portal with other means of patient access, such as a call center or nurse advice line. These groups can also refer patients to the portal for more information.
  11. Coordinate the portal with other communication modalities. “Some portals can be built to interact with texting,” notes Dr. Kilbridge, who estimates that about 85 percent of individuals are comfortable using texting.

What about the elderly? Will they use the portal? “There are always populations that won’t use it — minorities, elders, the less educated.”

But judging from the numbers of grandparents proudly sharing their grandchildren’s photos on social networks like Facebook, expecting them to tackle a patient portal may not be such a stretch.