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“EMR and HIPAA” becomes “EHR and Omnibus”

Posted on April 1, 2013 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.

We at EMR and HIPAA have been hearing a lot from our readers that there’s been some confusion with the EMR and HIPAA brand. Many readers are really confused by what we provide here on EMR and HIPAA and what to expect when they visit the website.

For those who don’t know the history, I did the first EMR and HIPAA blog post back on December 11, 2005. I love how I didn’t even post my name, but instead put the name “EMR BLOG” as the writer. Just reading the post makes me a bit sheepish as I think about how naive I was at the time, but I digress. Seven years and 1659 EMR and HIPAA blogs later, a lot has changed with EMR and HIPAA. Healthcare IT is a new world and it seemed right for EMR and HIPAA to embrace change as well.

Let’s start with EMR. I still love the term EMR since spell check doesn’t autocorrect it. However, $36 billion of government money says that it should be called EHR. Plus, the EHR fanatics out there have been on my case for a long time when I talk about EMR instead of EHR. No more. From now on, EMR will no longer exist as we embrace EHR.

What about HIPAA? Yes, for most healthcare providers HIPAA is a curse word to them. Just hearing it makes them cringe. Why would I want to host a site that makes my beloved doctors cringe? Plus, HIPAA is now changed thanks to the new Omnibus rule. We’re ready to embrace change as well, so from now on HIPAA will be referred to as Omnibus. Who doesn’t like Omnibus? Omni means all. Bus reminds me of a party bus in Las Vegas. I think everyone can embrace a party bus where all are welcome.

There you have it. We’re now going to officially be called: EHR and Omnibus

Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? I hope you like the new branding and appreciate the clarity it provides.

Happy April 1st!

CVS’s New Mobile App Makes Refilling Prescriptions Easy

Posted on I Written By

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.

CVS has really upped the standards for other pharmacies and drug stores with the recent release of it’s iPad app. Basically, by logging into the app, you see a virtual CVS. While it has a lot of non-medical uses, that are actually pretty cool, there are two parts of the CVS app I want to to feature. First off, I just think this app looks neat. The only time I’ve been in a CVS was when I was in North Carolina last summer First, the pharmacy center. When you pull it up on the app, it looks just like you stepped up to the front desk at a pharmacy. Here are a few of the features of the pharmacy center:

  • Scan your Refill: Just scan the barcode on any prescription, and it will show up in your queue to refill it
  • Manage presciriptions for yourself and your family from the tablet.
  • Use the Rapid Refill feature to refill your common prescriptions
  • You can “grab” your prescriptions that have been saved and quickly refill them

The other health-related features is the MinuteClinic. This basically provides information about the walk-in clinics that are located inside of CVS stores. When you go here in the app,  you can do the following things:

  • Find the nearest clinic and its hours
  • Check out what services are offered and what the costs are
  • Check to see if your insurance is accepted

I’m a very visual person, which is why I like this app. Even though it’s all virtual, and you aren’t actually going up to the counter, it kind of makes it more fun. This is definitely a great app for anyone that really uses the services at CVS on a regular basis. It’s definitely a lot easier to use than some of the websites I’ve seen different pharmacies creating.

The app is free and can be downloaded for the iPad here.