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Centricity Perinatal Software Testimonials – Donna Ray

Posted on July 16, 2012 I Written By

Donna Ray, RN-BC, Centricity Perinatal System Analyst at Frederick Memorial Hospital discusses Access to Information, Interoperability and Continuum of Care with Centricity Perinatal by GE Healthcare.

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Multi-Site Providers Who Don’t Have Certified EHR in All Locations – Meaningful Use Monday

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Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money.

Lynn Scheps is Vice President, Government Affairs at EHR vendor SRSsoft. In this role, Lynn has been a Voice of Physicians and SRSsoft users in Washington during the formulation of the meaningful use criteria. Lynn is currently working to assist SRSsoft users interested in showing meaningful use and receiving the EHR incentive money. Check out Lynn’s previous Meaningful Use Monday posts.

A reader asked how a physician meets meaningful use when some of his encounters occur at a nursing home where there is no certified EHR. Specifically, she wanted to know if the physician was expected to bring his own EHR (hardware and software) to the facility to document encounters there. The answer is “no”—he limits his reporting to encounters that take place in the clinic setting. 

A somewhat similar situation is faced by physicians who are affiliated with two (or more) different practices, where not all of the practices(s) are equipped with certified ambulatory EHR technology. In this case, the physician reports on the encounters where a certified EHR is available. The only caveat is that to be eligible for an EHR incentive, the physician must have at least 50% of his encounters at location(s) that do have a certified EHR.

If you have other questions you’d like answered about meaningful use or the EHR incentive money. Please send in your question on our contact us page.

10 Steps For Helping Patients Become Involved With mHealth

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Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

mHealth is here to stay. However, along with some caregivers, many patients may be hesitant to jump on the band wagon because they aren’t comfortable with handling health matters virtually. Bryce Williams, director of health and wellness at Blue Shield of California, was recently featured on a panel concerning patient engagement in mHealth. During the panel, he discussed 10 steps that should be taken to help with engaging patients in mobile and online health and wellness programs. These steps were: 7. Don’t rely on financial and other extrinsic incentives.

  1. Don’t be academic
  2. Make it fun
  3. Don’t build walled gardens
  4. Use trusted recruiters
  5. Encourage health competition
  6. Create a clear objective
  7. Don’t rely on financial and other extrinsic incentives
  8. Change it up
  9. Learn from the winners
  10. Measure it

These are some great ideas. Such as, beginning with a goal of 10,000 feet a day, and then changing that goal to 15,000. People tend to like a challenge, and if they become to accustom to a certain task, they may stop doing it. I think what is most important is making mHealth apps easy to use and fun. If something takes an hour to get into, freezes up the all the time, and then has no “fun” quality to it, who is going to use it? Probably no one. While it seems like people in their teens and twenties probably had social media and technology programmed in their brains from the time they were born, older generations may have a hard time using mHealth, so it needs to be easy to use.

What do you think about this? Should more companies be aware of the consumer and their needs when creating mobile platforms for patients to use?

More information on these steps can be found at this article on FierceMobileHealthCare.com