Electronic Health Records

Physicians Offer Solutions to EHR Burdens

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 mandated that all physicians adapt to electronic health records (EHRs). To date, more than 80% of all doctors across the country have complied – with primary care physicians having the highest rate of adoption.

While most agree it’s a good idea, the ongoing transition from color-coded […]

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Face Time: Family Physicians Split Time Between Screens and Patients

Family medicine is known for being one of the most compassionate medical specialties in the health care world. Because family physicians have the opportunity to treat the whole person, they are at an advantage for providing ongoing, comprehensive care to patients of all ages and health backgrounds. And unlike other medical specialists, family physicians […]

The Pros and Cons of ICD-10 Implementation

The deadline for U.S. physicians to implement the latest ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure coding is October 1, 2014, but some practices are far from ready for the change. Pushed back from its original deadline of October 1, 2013, this updated list of medical classifications is both a blessing and a curse. ICD-10 stands for […]

Physicians’ Dilemma: Conflicting Views on EHR Adoption

EHRs or electronic health records are said to help improve the quality of care for patients, but it may not improve the bottom line for some medical practices. While family docs are leading the way in EHR adoption, other medical practitioners have some reservations in employing the system. Though many studies show that EHR […]

Do EHRs Improve the Quality of Care for Patients?

The adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is growing at an exponential rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) survey of 2011 EHR adoption trends show that 55% of physician offices used EHRs in 2011. But does using one of these systems actually improve the […]