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One of the hottest topics at the annual HIMSS14 conference in Orlando, Florida this month will be the transition from the ICD-9 coding system to ICD-10. The conference has ample resources and will feature training for ICD-10 topics to ensure that the attendees’ transitions go as smoothly as possible. Conference attendees can get a jump-start  [ Read More ]

Pediatric EHR Software customization has been a topic of question and concern for many parents during the transition from paper charts to digital records. The American Academy of Pediatrics openly supports healthcare IT and EHRs as an essential part of patient-centered medical practices. In a recent interview, Lisa Reichard, RN, gave some insight on the  [ Read More ]

Top government endorsed certifying body Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has announced that it will transition to an advisory role to healthcare vendors and providers, as it is no longer profitable in its current role. CCHIT will no longer certify or test EHR software for the first time since 2006. Instead, the CCHIT  [ Read More ]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently conducted a patient participation survey on incentive payments under the Meaningful Use program and polled participants in the following categories: Meaningful Use participation, eligible professionals, and eligible hospitals. The results show strong participation and success, with 436,000 eligible professionals and hospitals having registered for the Meaningful  [ Read More ]

New research out of Johns Hopkins University shows that EHR software and other digital tools are likely to curb the demand for physicians, therefore redefining the role of the doctor. Patients will simply not need to visit their physicians as often, with new EHR software and apps that will provide more immediate feedback and information.  [ Read More ]

Contrary to the popular conception, ICD-10 is more about documentation than creating new codes. Physicians know the cardinal rule is that if it wasn’t documented, it didn’t happen. Specifically speaking about ICD-10, each code is built individually based on a patient’s visit to the physician from admission to discharge. It is important for every aspect  [ Read More ]

Office-based physicians have increased their use of EHR software by 21% since 2012, and now close to half of all physicians are using EHRs. A big driving force in the adoption of EHR software has been the Meaningful Use incentive program. A reported 69% of office-based physicians applied or planned to apply for Meaningful Use  [ Read More ]

The nation’s healthcare system is continuing to improve, due in large part to the increased use of EHRs by doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. EHRs provide the foundation needed to implement healthcare reform, for example the Affordable Care Act. These electronic tools also help physicians reduce errors, providing patients with more pertinent information needed  [ Read More ]

Unlike Stage 1 Meaningful Use, which puts the responsibility for success fully on the shoulders of hospitals and healthcare professionals, Stage 2 Meaningful Use requires more involvement from participants of the EHR Incentive Program to engage each other as well as their patients. Because the next stage of meaningful use poses some challenges there has been  [ Read More ]

Meditab has officially opened its newest office in Sacramento, California. With offices in Argentina, India, the Philippines, Fresno, Oakland and Miami, this is Meditab’s seventh office around the world. The Sacramento office boasts a wide array of Meditabians, ranging from senior management with the likes of CEO Mike Patel and COO FC Patel all the  [ Read More ]