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How Helping Your Staff Can Also Help Your Patients

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helping your staffYou’ve handpicked a fine staff, and you know that they have the same feelings of loyalty for you that you have for them. It’s important to periodically remind your team how valuable they are to you and your patients.

To reinforce the value you place on them, part of your duties should involve reviewing what you can do to help your staff and lighten their burdens. The more you help your staff, the more you can help your patients.

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The Meaningful Use Stage 3 API Talk Won’t Matter if the Tech Isn’t Ready

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The following excerpt is from an article found on Medcity News. It was written by David Harlow.

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The Meaningful Use - Stage 3 proposed rule has been released, with official publication due on March 30. Likewise, the 2015 edition of EHR certification criteria and related rules. Check out the CMS presser and ONC fact sheet.

Key to these rules, which lay the foundation for a post-Meaningful Use incentive-driven Health IT ecosystem, is the use of APIs - for the uninitiated, "application programming interfaces" - or simplified connectors that allow for easier transfer of data. The Meaningful Use requirements have themselves been simplified -- whittled down to eight high-level requirements, expressed as program goals or objectives:

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The Best EMR Software Has These 5 Features

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Best EMR SoftwareSo, your medical organization has decided to take the plunge and transition from an antiquated paper-based system to an electronic medical records software solution. The trouble is, you are low on time and want to make sure that you will only be looking at EMR software that has the most useful features.

It can take some time to make sure you understand the ins and outs of EMR applications and what options you should expect to find when you implement this software in your office. To that end, here are five features that the best EMR software will have.

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Why Behavioral/Mental Health Really Needs EHRs

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Why-Behavioral-Mental-Health-Needs-EHRsNot all medical practices will adopt emerging technology at the same rate. Some organizations have more resources and more forward-thinking people on their payroll, which means that they will use the latest software and technology solutions to make things easier on their staff and patients.

Your behavioral/mental health practice may still rely on using an outdated, paper-based system to keep things running. However, this is an approach that you cannot expect to hang onto for very long, given the complexities of treatment protocols and the ever-increasing connected nature of healthcare providers.

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[Whitepaper Excerpt] The Importance of Patient Engagement & Why You Need It

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shutterstock_113775325The following is an excerpt from our whitepaper, "The Importance of Patient Engagement & Why You Need It."

Today it is difficult to think of an industry that does not take advantage of computers, internet access, and specialized software to get work done faster and more efficiently.

That, combined with the fact that people (patients) are so accustomed to using computers and smartphones to access and provide information is why they are often surprised when the front desk staff at their medical practice hands them a heavy clipboard with a stack of paper forms to fill out. After all, shouldn’t a medical practice - almost more than any other type of business - be better automated than that?

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5 Steps to an Even Better Medical Practice

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shutterstock_221326948-1One of the signs of people who are true professionals is that they are seldom satisfied with the state of their business or the development of their abilities, skills, and knowledge. While you strive to maintain a certain level of service and abilities for each staff member, you know that the medical field is constantly evolving.

New techniques become available to help us diagnosis and treat patients as well as to measure how well a particular treatment protocol is working. This means that medical organizations are always in a state of development, with team members needing to stay current on discoveries in their field as well as what current industry best practices are in their niche.

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4 Things Great Medical Professionals Do in Difficult Times

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Great Medical Professionals As a medical professional, you know that your job will typically be easier when everyone in your practice is fully engaged with patients, people are caught up in their work duties, and they are healthy, enthusiastic, and filled with empathy for those they are taking care of.

When times are difficult, however, the medical staff may need to take some time to remember the reasons why they selected this profession in the first place.

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ICD-10 Preparedness Disconnect Found

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The following excerpt is from an article found on Health IT Outcomes. It was written by Christine Kern.

ICD-10 preparedness

While 82% of providers polled express optimism about October’s transition, only 21% believe they are on track for it.

A Navicure survey has discovered a curious disconnect regarding ICD-10 preparedness. While 82 percent of respondents reported being optimistic about their readiness for the transition scheduled for October 1, 2015, only 21 percent believe their practices are currently on track to actually meet the deadline.

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Why Your Paper Records are Holding You Back from Giving the Best Patient Care

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patient careLike most medical professionals, you surely have chosen this field because of a sincere desire to help people with your special skills, knowledge, and abilities and not because you were interested in organizing records and examining data about patients.

This is why it’s not so surprising that some medical organizations are stuck in the past, using antiquated paper-based systems instead of switching to a computerized process. They may be somewhat aware of the existence of software solutions but have decided that they can get by without it for now.

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How to Use Patient Portals to Delight Your Patients

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How-to-Use-Patient-Portals-to-Delight-Your-Patients-1How happy are your current patients with your medical practice? Are you doing everything in your power to make them feel at ease, respected, and listened to? What is the waiting room experience like?

The answers to these questions can help determine the future success of your practice. When patients are comfortable and pleased with how the staff treats them (and this includes the amount of forms the staffers make them fill out), they will be more inclined to stay on with you, as well as recommend your services to their friends, family, and neighbors.

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