Practice Management

Practice Management (145)

Product Category Analysis Security on Connected Systems

ImageClinical information systems have become more connected to remote services while privacy regulations continue to be a cause for concern. “Protecting confidential data online is of increasing importance to organizations across a broad range of sectors. With HIPAA and other patient privacy measures in place, healthcare organizations are under increasing scrutiny to safeguard private health information,” said Sanjay Mehta, senior vice president for Breach Security. Read more...

2008 - The Year in Review

Image2008 accelerated “doctor-squeeze” – a relatively recent phenomenon that financially and emotionally pressures doctors between government and insurance mandates, and patient expectations. Costly technology purchases could no longer be postponed by doctors in 2008, even while an ugly recession eroded patients’ ability to pay. And, insurance restrictions on care delivery further zapped physician morale. Read more...

Product Category Analysis: Billing Systems

ImageWhen MedTech Journal last looked into billing systems, a little more than a year ago, practitioners had several major concerns -- most notably, the impending (or, in some offices, recent) transition from paper-based to electronic medical records (EMR), and a steady slide in reimbursements which, noted Coker Group COO Keith Solinsky, had "been steadily declining over the last three to five years." Obviously, not much can (or has) changed since October 2007, and related trends in billing have continued as well. Read more...

Product Category Analysis: Imaging Storage/Retrieval and Viewing Systems

ImagePerhaps no other field has been as grossly over-burdened by technology as the physician practice. “A big challenge for non-institutional providers is funding; they are struggling to fund their own IT investments like e-prescribing, and EMR systems and are getting more pressure from Washington all the time to invest in these technologies,” says Carl Doty, principal analyst at Forrester Research. Read more...

Case Study: Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. and Cornerstone Health Care

Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems have demonstrated their ability to improve the quality of patient care and safety. Healthcare institutions, both small and large, that have implemented an EHR system have also experienced the financial benefits that come along with it. Additionally, recent developments, including President Bush's public support for a National Health Information Infrastructure, are supporting a shift by medical groups towards the widespread use of information technology to improve care and reduce costs. It’s no wonder that more and more organizations are looking to Electronic Health Records to automate and streamline the clinician's workflow. Read more...

Stumbling Toward the Future: Patient Communications in a Networked World

ImageThe lament is so commonplace, and so seemingly intractable that it should probably be something you can place on an insurance code sheet. "Not enough time" would have to include sub-codes, as well: a) to talk with patient, b) to confer with other doctors, c) to research the case, d) to set up thorough, well-planned follow-up plan.

The list could go on and on, of course, and the causes of the "not enough time" problem can be argued endlessly (if only we had the time). But the first issue, not having enough time to communicate with patients, may be the most crucial. Read more...

Do Practice Management Systems Keep Your Practice Legal?

ImageWhen it comes to practice management systems, the “writing is on the wall” says Dr. Thomas Handler, analyst at Gartner. “Every doctor is headed in that direction and it will eventually become the standard of care,” he predicts. Read more...

Networked Storage Systems for Imaging and Document Storage

ImageThe problem is simple: your practice is storing more and more digital documents every year. And documents -- especially images such as x-rays, MRIs, and PET scans captured by popular PACS (Picture Archive Communication Systems) are huge. A typical chest x-ray, consisting of two images, requires about 20 megabytes of storage space, for example. Read more...

Initiate Systems, Wellogic, and CareSpark Deliver Conolidated Patient Data

Accuracy and efficiency, long the cornerstones of delivering quality healthcare, are even more important today when the faltering economy squeezes budgets on one end and insurance providers push for costs cuts and limits on the other. One way to satisfy all these pressures and increase quality of care for the patient is to use electronic data management software to expedite, simplify and speed-check patient information on the fly. It’s particularly useful if it allows providers to see patient data from outside their own practice or institution. Read more...

Medical Information Systems: Benefits and Roadblocks to Full Implementation

Consult different authorities and you’ll get varying estimates of the rate of adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), ranging from 60 percent down to less than five percent. Although a large part of this is due to the discrepancy between implementations of in-patient (acute) and out-patient (ambulatory) systems, a bigger reason is that EMRs themselves encompass such a broad range of varying functionality. Read more...

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