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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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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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What is the difference between a Complete or Modular Certified EHR?

Many clinics and hospitals all over the country are participating in the EHR incentive program. Before being able to attest for meaningful use objectives, participants will have to show that they are using a certified EHR system. EHRs may be certified as complete or modular.

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The Federal test EHR program

One of the core objectives under stage II of the meaningful use program pertains to situations where patients are referred to another provider or transitioned to another setting of care. Eligible professionals and hospitals are expected to provide a summary

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The Costs and Benefits of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)

Computerized Physician Order Entry is a process by which physicians can place orders regarding patient care through an electronic system which communicates them to the various departments. They commonly include medication orders to the pharmacy, lab tests for blood work

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Electronic Dental Record Safe Harbor Rules

The federal government has created a number of initiatives to encourage the adoption of EHR/EDR systems by the healthcare industry, of which the currently running meaningful use program is a significant one. Another such measure was the introduction of “safe

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Facts and Myths of Meaningful Use

Even though stage II of the Meaningful Use program is well underway, many myths regarding certification, attestation and receiving the EHR incentives are floating around. Many dental practices have delayed participation in the program due to concerns surrounding eligible criteria, fulfillment of objectives and cost of implementation.    A few…

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2015 EHR Certification Criteria – What’s Different?

Last month, ONC released a proposed rule for the 2015 edition of EHR certification criteria (published in the Federal Register, February 2014). This is the first time that proposed criteria is not related to any Meaningful Use regulation and compliance is purely voluntary. Developers do not have to change their software if it has already received…

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Benefits of Becoming Meaningful Use Certified

Thanks to the incentives offered through the meaningful use program, many dentists have accelerated their schedule for transitioning to EDR systems. Still many practices are unclear about the benefits of becoming meaningful use certified beyond the incentive money itself.

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