Healthcare and Medical News from around the Internet 6-1-2012

Welcome to another weekly edition of healthcare news from around the Web brought to you by HealthFusion’s® EHR Blog. The focus around the Internet, for the week of June 1, 2012, centered on EHR adoption rates, Meaningful Use incentives, and ICD-10 implementation. While there may not have been as much news in healthcare this week, the highlighted stories below are rather pertinent to MediTouch® users and providers who have yet to adopt an EHR or EMR system.

EHR Adoption Rates Expected to Rise, Especially Among Small Practices

IDC Health Insights released a new report titled, “IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Small Practices 2012 Vendor Assessment”. In their report, which focuses on small practices, IDC predicts that EHR market saturation will reach 80% by 2016. The report cited the government’s Meaningful Use incentives, cloud computing ASP EHR systems, and mobile technology as the reasons for the increase adoption and an expected market saturation rate of 80%. As iPad®-native, cloud EHR software, MediTouch EHR® already exceeds the prerequisites of the report, making it the ideal EHR choice for the future of healthcare and technology.

EHR Vendor Selection Should Look Beyond Meaningful Use

While the, “IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Small Practices 2012 Vendor Assessment”, predicts EHR adoption rates will rise, in part due to economic incentives from the government for Meaningful Use, the report also warns that providers should not hastily choose an EHR/EMR in a rush to earn Meaningful Use incentives. As we have discussed at length in previous blog posts, taking the time to choose the correct EHR for your practice and specialty is infinitely easier, not to mention incredibly more affordable, than switching EHR systems down the road. Be sure to do thorough research, and choose and EHR built for the future of healthcare and technology, like MediTouch EHR.

ICD-10 Implementation Challenges for Unprepared EHR Vendors

The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 was made to increase the specificity of diagnosis codes. The problem for many providers now though, is that they have chosen an EHR/EMR unequipped to handle the specificity demanded by ICD-10 diagnostic codes. HealthFusion’s MediTouch was prepared for ICD-10 even before the delay in the implementation deadline was decreed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. HealthFusion has integrated ICD-10 and SNOMED-CT into MediTouch EHR so that users will be prepared for the October 1, 2014 deadline. HealthFusion will also be releasing an ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalk this summer to help MediTouch users prepare for the specificity ICD-10 demands. At HealthFusion, MediTouch users will always be prepared for the future of healthcare and technology.