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Dr. DuganRobert Dugan, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Gurnee. He has an interest in sports medicine, trauma, adult reconstruction and pediatric orthopedics. He is one of the team physicians for the Chicago Wolves professional hockey team, In addition, he serves as a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Chicago in the division of specialized care for children, as well as team physician for several local high school teams. He also serves as the director of Lake County Children's Orthopaedic Clinic. He remains active with the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County.

The Healthcare Innovation Council, an independent group of healthcare experts, has called upon Congress to reconsider CMS' meaningful use program, claiming it is not furthering Congress' goal of improving healthcare, according to a commentary submitted to six U.S. senators.
In a recently released white paper, athenahealth lays out seven actions electronic health record vendors should take to ensure measurable results on meaningful use for its clients.
Electronic health record adoption is on the rise. The number of hospitals using basic EHR systems tripled from 12.2 percent in 2009 to 44.4 percent in 2012, according to a report released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and CMS.  However, the move towards efficient care coordination and care delivery through health IT does not end with EHR adoption alone. Clinical information needs to be able to flow seamlessly between EHR products within one health network and among different networks. Various healthcare industry sectors and software vendors are, therefore, focusing on advancing the interoperability of health IT systems.  
Brendan Flanigan is the regional manager of gloStream, a full service billing, collections, EHR, and practice management company. Here he shares how to use EHR effectively in spine and orthopedic practices and why the switch makes sense.
A recent EHR Intelligence report identified five steps to ensure organizations' electronic health record system replacement processes are successful. They are:
surgeonCurrently, around 66 percent of physicians say they use electronic health records to meet meaningful use stage one requirements, according to the Deloitte 2013 Survey of U.S. Physicians.
The focus on engaging patients in their care and the need to meet meaningful use requirements converge in one online tool: the patient portal. Patient portals on a health system's website can allow patient to easily schedule appointments, contact their provider and access other resources, which engages them in their care. These portals also help hospitals and physicians fulfill meaningful use stage 2 requirements of providing patients the ability to view their health information online and using electronic health records to identify patient-specific education resources.
A bill introduced to the House of Representatives would offer an electronic health record penalty exemption to near retirement-age physicians who fail to adopt systems, according Medscape.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:58

Leveraging EMR Into Marketing Analytics

By now, most physicians have at least begun the process of cleansing their offices of bulky patient charts and opted for the less cumbersome EHR / EMR systems. If you have not yet begun this process and are still utilizing paper charts, you may want to consider this transition.  Regardless of the system you are using, patient intake data and EMR data may hold a value that is far less obvious than just convenience. EMR contains a wealth of demographic information about patient base. This information can vastly improve marketing efforts when the structure and procedure of patient intake questionnaires and forms is well-organized.
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