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What Else is Happening on HealthcareScene.com?

Posted on January 7, 2012 I Written By

Here is a quick look at some of the other articles recently posted on some of the other HealthcareScene.com websites:

EHR and EMR Videos
Medical Billing Software & Practice Management Software Demo Video from ADP AdvancedMD – Medical billing software, like AdvancedMD from ADP, will help improve your insurance collections and workflows in your entire medical practice. With cloud software you never have to install software or maintain servers again. Just login from anywhere and you can manage your patients and your entire practice.

Cerner CareAware MDBUS® Demonstration Video – This video is a demonstration of Cerner’s CareAware MDBUS®, a platform which connects medical devices to the electronic medical record using plug-and-play functionality.

EHR and EMR Screenshots
These three posts provide numerous screenshots from the Simple EMR. Check them out and I’d love to read some feedback on what you think about their EMR interface. Is it a Simple EMR?
Screenshots from the Simple EMR
More Screenshots from the Simple EMR
Even More Screenshots from the Simple EMR

Smart Phone Health Care
Future of mHealth Dependent on Interoperability and Use of Available Technology – One of the biggest stumbling blocks with mHealth is there are way too many people developing products rather than businesses.  That is the problem with most of the companies in mHealth at this point.  There are tons of apps and gadgets and other fun things out there, but there is no one company that is trying to bring it all together.  Interoperability is the real basis of success in this industry.

iPads Not Adopted as Quickly by Hospitals as Doctors – iPads are all the rage amongst doctors right now and it is understandable with all they are able to do.  They provide a great amount of convenience for a relatively small financial investment.  For some reason hospitals have not been as quick to adopt this great technology.

EMR Backlog

Posted on August 19, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’ve gotten a couple emails from people suggesting that I should write about the current and potential EMR backlog that is happening in the healthcare IT industry. It’s something I’ve discussed tangentially when talking about EMR and the ARRA EMR stimulus money. Basically, some EMR companies have been making the case that doctors and clinics need to make there EMR selection now in order to avoid the EMR backlog that will occur for an EMR vendor once we know the full details of “certified EHR” and “meaningful use.”

Dr. Jeff at EMR and EHR pointed me to a section of the newsletter by XLEMR that provides another perspective on the EMR backlog.

Once preliminary certification begins in October, EHR demand should surge. Although the market is currently slow, many vendors have installation backlogs. Preliminary certification may cause those backlogs to increase. Physicians who are in the “wait and see” mode will need to make a decision quickly. Waiting could result in long delays that may jeopardize the ability to qualify for the first year of reimbursements. One alternative is to purchase a simple system. Simple systems take much less time to install, so backlogs are not a problem. Simple systems are also easier to learn, meaning you do not use as much valuable time for training instead of seeing patients. Finally, simple systems are easy to use, giving you more time to qualify for meaningful use. Be sure to ask any EHR vendor if they have any backlogs, and how long it takes to implement their system. Their answer will tell you if their system is simple.

This type of tongue and cheek style of writing is right up my alley. It makes a really interesting point and you can’t help but laugh when you get to the end.

Some might argue that the EMR is so good that the demand for it is so high and that’s what creates the EMR backlog and not the fact that the EMR isn’t simple to use and requires a lot of training and work to implement. I’d suggest that the EMR backlog is probably a combination of high demand for that EMR and the EMR not being very easy to implement/use. However, the high demand for most of the EMRs with a backlog has little to do with how great the EMR is and has more to do with that EMR company’s ability to market and sell their EMR.