Communication will lead to patient engagement in stage 2

In 2014, providers who have elected to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' meaningful use incentives program will need to begin stage 2.

New tool may encourage doctors' visits among high-risk osteoporosis patients

Orthopedic physicians should always be on the lookout for new advances in health care technology that may help their practices run more smoothly or benefit their patients.

Doctors need to maintain patient eye contact while using EHRs

Electronic health records are important tools that can help physicians deliver higher quality care to their patients.

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ICD-10 is about documentation, not coding

It is no secret that physicians have a lot on their plates in 2014.

New ONC head Karen DeSalvo discusses importance of EHR usability

Providers who are unsure of how much of an impact electronic health records will have on the health care industry may want to turn to a recent statement from Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the new national coordinator for health information technology.

Study shows RECs can be helpful for providers

While implementing electronic health record systems can be an intimidating process for providers who work in organizations of all sizes, it can be particularly tough for small practices.

Providers should prepare for transitions of care measure

As providers begin working toward meeting stage 2 requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' meaningful use incentives program, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding possible factors that could keep health care professionals from being successful.

Survey shows EHR incentives program is on the right track

There has been a lot of talk about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' meaningful use incentives program - and not all of it has been positive. Many providers are concerned about stage 2 of the program, and calls to delay the start of this program have been denied.

Factors that make some EHR systems more usable than others

Electronic health record system usability is something that has been discussed a great deal lately.

Study shows patients still value a personal connection to their doctors

Research continues to show that patients are placing increased importance on whether their doctor has an electronic health record system, since they want to have swift and complete access to their medical histories.

Patients express strong desire for more health care technology

Health care providers need to understand that electronic health record systems are not merely pieces of technology that the government is requiring them to adopt - they are also valuable tools that can give patients important insight into their overall health.

Dual coding may be required for ICD-10

Providers who are are working toward achieving meaningful use incentives in 2014 know that this electronic health records program is not the only thing they have to worry about this year.

Fractures in childhood could be a sign of poor bone health in the future

There are many benefits to electronic health records systems for orthopedic doctors.

How connectivity will benefit the medical industry

As providers move through the stages of the meaningful use incentives program, they will need to make sure that their electronic health record systems can communicate with other providers' systems.

Creating EHRs with patient and provider experiences in mind

A major part of stage 2 of the meaningful use incentives program involves getting patients involved with the use of electronic health records.

Breach highlights the importance of regular audits

While electronic medical record systems are great tools that could change the way that healthcare is delivered in the U.S., they can also cause problems if they are not monitored stringently.

Doctor explains how the right EHR works for his practice and patients

Providers need to understand that one of the most important steps toward successful electronic health record system adoption is choosing the right vendor.