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EHR News and Information: The HealthFusion Blog

The HealthFusion EHR news and blog brings you the latest in the healthcare industry and health IT news as it pertains to you and your practice.

Seth Flam, DO

Lead Blogger: Seth Flam, DO

Dr. Flam is one of the founders of HealthFusion and serves as the company's CEO and President. He is board certified in Family Practice and is one of the creative forces behind MediTouch EHR. More information about Dr. Flam can be found at www.SethFlam.com

Surefire Ways to Improve Your Patient Reviews and Your Practice’s Online Presence On Physician Review Websites

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How are patient reviews affecting your practice? Does your practice have a positive online presence and reputation? Here are some easy, effective tips to winning over physician review websites. Continue Reading

The Independent Medical Practice is Far From Dead … And It Can Thrive Under MACRA

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As healthcare transitions to value-based care and presents an increasingly challenging environment for independent practitioners, the notion that physicians are selling their practices and taking jobs as employees of hospitals and health systems permeates the healthcare community. But this theory isn't necessarily true — and small practices are poised to not only survive MACRA, but to thrive in the new landscape. Here's how. Continue Reading

Medical Billing Software Comparison

HealthFusion conducts a feature by feature comparison of the top medical billing software vendors. Continue Reading

Why Should Your Practice Have a Cloud-Based EHR?

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If you’re still debating whether to go with a web-based EHR or a server-based EHR, you should know why a growing number of practices are choosing to go with a cloud EMR. How does a web-based EMR differ from the older technology of a client server-based EHR system? A cloud EMR is different (and better, in our opinion) due to the following factors: Your software is always up to date With a web-based EMR, the software is always up to date, usually at no additional charge. No more expensive upgrades causing delays; […] Continue Reading

Mobile EHR Users Report Higher Satisfaction Levels

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Increased Satisfaction for Mobile EHR Users Providers who were using a mobile EHR expressed twice the satisfaction levels of those using EHRs via non-mobile systems, according to a recent survey by tablet-based EHR review group Software Advice. The survey showed that 58 percent of mobile EHR users were “very satisfied” with their EHR, compared to 28 percent of non-mobile users. These increased satisfaction levels may be the result of another facet of the survey showing that mobile users reported fewer challenges with learning how to use the EHR software and fewer problems with their EHR […] Continue Reading

MediTouch Ranked as “One of the Best EHR Systems of 2014” in Medical Economics Survey of Physicians

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Medical Economics issued its annual report of the Top 50 EHR software companies last week, and HealthFusion was extremely pleased to be included for the second consecutive year. But even more important to us were the high rankings HealthFusion’s MediTouch received in Medical Economics’ “EHR Scorecard” survey taken by thousands of physicians to rate their EHR systems, on a scale of 0 to 10, on key areas that matter most to them. Considering the thousands of EHRs available, ranking in the top 50 is unquestionably outstanding; but this list is based on […] Continue Reading

Why are Practices Replacing Their Medical Billing Software? Survey Reveals Buying Trends

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A recent survey by leading practice management software review site Software Advice found that several trends around medical billing software acquisition have emerged. Some of the trends driving medical billing software buyers that were revealed by the survey include: Just as with electronic health record (EHR) software, the majority of practice management software (PMS) buyers are replacing existing medical software Concerns about ICD-10 preparedness are driving medical billing software replacements 40 percent of respondents prefer practice management software with an integrated EHR Practice management software buyers expressing a preference opt for web-based software over server-based, just […] Continue Reading

Survey Reveals Key Benefits, Challenges of EHR Software

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A recent survey by industry software review site Software Advice cast doubt on some of the commonly held beliefs about EHRs, including their benefits and key challenges. The survey, conducted in collaboration with leading data collection company Research Now, surveyed nearly 400 medical practices regarding their experiences with EHR software. Among the findings on key benefits were that 87 percent of respondents said their EHR offers easy access to records, with 86 percent saying that their EMR software offers more legible and/or robust records. A majority of survey respondents also indicated that they felt their EHRs delivered […] Continue Reading

What is Interoperability and What Does It Have to Do with Your EHR Software?

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What is interoperability and how does it affect your EHR decision-making process? “Interoperability” is a word you may be hearing more of now that we’re reaching a critical mass in terms of healthcare providers who are using EMR software.  And like many things in healthcare, most stakeholders seem to agree that we need it, but few agree on how to get there. HealthIT.gov says that “EHR Interoperability … improves the delivery of health care by making the right data available at the right time to the right people.” The site defines EHR […] Continue Reading

Free Infographic: Why Not Just Dictate to Your iPad EMR?

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The amount of data entry required by most EHRs has been a major point of dissatisfaction for physicians for several years now. A recent survey by a Pennsylvania community hospital showed that physicians spent an average of 44% of their time on data entry, with only 28% spent on direct patient care. Obviously, this is not what doctors or patients want. But charting in the exam room results in the highest accuracy and completion rate. Many doctors and healthcare experts believe dictation with an EHR designed for the iPad and other tablets […] Continue Reading