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August, 2010

August 29, 2010  11:05 PM

State HIE, NHIN CONNECT and now NHIN Direct

Posted by: RedaChouffani

In the last few months NHIN Direct (National Health Information Network) continued to work toward getting the system live and running. Currently the focus seems to be on the Pilot projects for the following entities:
  • Pilot Project Brief...

August 25, 2010  10:29 PM

Hidden secrets for improved efficiency in the Billing department

Posted by: RedaChouffani

Similar to many other industries, the larger groups seem to have the answers and have automated every major workflow or process that had complex steps or unnecessary ones.  Similar to how some fast foods mastered the art of creates burgers in record times, it is important to seek to learn from...

August 22, 2010  9:41 PM

North Carolina Providers may be getting closer to a state wide HIE

Posted by: RedaChouffani

With the recent federal grants awarded for the state of North Carolina health information exchange and EHR training programs, this state has been very busy planning and preparing for a state wide health information exchange platform. In just the last 8 months, 4 separate HIE initiatives have...

August 20, 2010  11:00 PM

North Carolina faces More reimbursement cuts

Posted by: RedaChouffani

This week North Carolina maybe the next victim to state cuts made to Medicaid.  This further increases the presses on physicians and Hospital organizations. This week, it was clear to many physicians in North Carolina that further cuts in Medicaid are bound to become reality.  This will add more...

August 15, 2010  11:57 PM

Speech recognition in healthcare

Posted by: RedaChouffani

In recent weeks, I have been talking to few physicians that have finally made the jump to Dragon.  Many of them realized the potential costs savings that they can achieve simply by exchanging the digital records with a USB microphone. What I was not prepared to see is how challenging the task...

August 8, 2010  9:43 PM

Identifying and measuring staff productivity

Posted by: RedaChouffani

For many health organizations attempting to reduce costs usually means cutting staff schedules.  But the reality is that with reimbursement cuts and healthcare premiere constantly on the rise, the highest expense is payroll and that means it will be the first to suffer.  In most organizations...

August 5, 2010  10:33 PM

The top ten steps to do prior to de-installing an EHR

Posted by: RedaChouffani

For many healthcare organizations that have made the commitment to paperless and implemented an electronic health records the road has been challenging.  Some have at some point contemplated the de-installation of the entire system, and others worked through the pain points and found new ways of...

August 1, 2010  10:19 PM

Published Meaningful Use and Certification program

Posted by: RedaChouffani

On July 28th,  two of the most anticipated federal rules meaningful use and certification ruling have been trimmed down and published.   After careful review of the final ruling,

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