Understanding Clinical Decision Support (CDS)

Under stage II of the meaningful use objectives, providers have to implement at least five CDS interventions in order to successfully complete attestation. The interventions should be linked to clinical quality measures and if none are applicable for a particular practice, the provider may implement CDS tools which monitor high priority health…

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Beyond Meaningful Use

Electronic health records (EHRs) are an important part of the ongoing efforts to transform the American healthcare system and though there is still room for substantial improvement in their design and implementation, clinics and hospitals have become quite proficient in collecting and storing digital health data. However to achieve the actual goal…

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Paper to Digital: What’s the Right Approach?

The number of clinics and hospitals implementing EHR programs in order to participate in the meaningful use program as well as other federal initiatives is rapidly increasing. But physicians are finding that other projects need to be completed before EHR

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Is stress an inevitable part of practicing dentistry?

Dentists and other professionals are facing increasing demands on their time and energy. Apart from federal programs, dentists have to grapple with complex legislation such as HIPAA and I-STOP. In addition, many practices are struggling with financial problems in the

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Can Apple play a Role in EHR development?

Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world and the current leader in consumer electronics. The latest initiative by Apple is called HealthKit – a platform which aims to integrate health data from various fitness gadgets and monitors in one place for users and doctors to access. HealthKit represents Apple’s foray into the lucrative…

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What is the I-Stop Law and what are its implications for dentists?

Prolonged use of controlled substances can lead to physiological or psychological dependence and deaths due to drug overdose have increased dramatically over the last decade. New York State has passed a law called The Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act

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How to find out if your EDR is ONC Certified

Selecting a dental EHR for your practice is by no means a simple process. Providers need to consider if the software will serve their needs, whether employees can use it without difficulties, cost of training and purchase etc. Apart from

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Calculating EDR ROI

Purchasing and implementing a dental EHR system can often be an expensive and challenging process. Besides the initial cost of software, training expenses, digitization of paper records, and delays in project implementation can often lead to significant cost overruns. Because

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Dentistry Job Satisfaction Amongst the Highest?

The tough economic climate, dwindling claim payments and the increasingly complex laws and regulations has led many people to dismiss a career in healthcare services outright. Solo and small practice owners are struggling to keep their clinics profitable and quite a few are considering early retirement. There are also plenty of articles on the…

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Why has EHR Design not kept up with the times?

The pace of technological advancements in the health IT industry has accelerated over the last decade. However in spite of numerous innovations in security, privacy and interface models, many clinicians continue to complain about poorly designed EHRs and a general

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How do Patients Feel about EHRs?

A lot of what is written in the media about EHR systems tend to focus on the reactions of doctors, institutions or the federal government to various aspects of EHR implementation and programs such as meaningful use. But it is vital to remember that patient reaction to EHR use is just as – if not more – important.

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Recent Innovations in the Dental Cloud EHR Industry

Software As A Service (SaaS) or cloud computing has permeated every aspect of daily life for most people. From banking to retail, document collaboration to accounting software, SaaS user growth is steadily increasing and the dental and healthcare industries are no exception. Entrenched vendors with legacy

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Copy/Paste Dental EHRs: What are the Dangers?

The humble copy paste function within EDR programs has been the source of much discussion and debate within the healthcare industry. For doctors who are already stretched for time during the typical workday, the copy paste workflow can be a very convenient shortcut. Medical professionals tend to see patients with similar problems during the week…

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