It's not good enough simply to have a web presence.

Patients are searching for doctors, medical practices and hospitals via search engines, like Google, so whether or not you're found on the first page can make a significant impact on the number of patients you see.

Furthermore, it's in your best interest to have some control on how your name or practice comes up on search queries. ...

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Don't get enough of me from reading the blog?

I was recently interviewed by HCPLive.com's MedTech Moments podcast. John Ellison asks me questions about medical blogging, including how to get started, the power of social media among physicians, and some of the risks physicians take by adding their voice to the blogosphere.

Thanks to Dr. Ellison for the interview, and enjoy the podcast.

Bolstered by the stimulus, there's no doubt that there's a significant push for doctors and hospitals to adopt digital medical records.

I've written before how we're essentially throwing money at Windows 95 technology, but now, as an article from BusinessWeek points out, there's a real danger in moving too fast.

Somewhat under-publicized were the incompatibilities with older systems in the Geisinger Health System, which after ...

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The theme of my next Live Q&A will be health IT and electronic medical records.

Primary care physician Rob Lamberts will be taking your questions. Blogging at the acclaimed Musings of a Distractible Mind, Dr. Lamberts is one of the minority of doctors who has successfully implemented and integrated electronic health records into his daily practice. He has both written insightful blog entries and published numerous articles ...

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The following is a reader take, in response to a post on whether patients should own their medical records, by an anonymous nurse.

Dear Dr. Pho,

I wish to respond to your position on patient access to their medical records both as a patient and a nurse.

If a doctor or other health professional believes their documentation would be inappropriate or too sensitive for ...

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The following is a reader take from the staff at HealthHarbor.

We had a chance to attend the HIMSS conference two weeks ago. HIMSS is healthcare's premier annual tech expo, and was in Chicago this year. The undeniable theme of this year's conference was the anticipated expansion of Health Information Technology (HIT) via the Economic Recovery Act. ...

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With entries dating back to 2004, here are 11 classic blog posts on electronic medical records:

1. The low adoption rate of electronic records

2. Will physicians sacrifice for the future of health IT?

3. How to fund electronic medical records wisely

4. Medical students who are used to electronic records

5. Funding electronic medical records and bailing out the ...

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The perfect storm is coming.

So says a cautionary article shows the dangers of adopting the current generation of electronic medical records. Many of these systems are template-based, leading to easy "cut and paste" documentation. Given the time pressures doctors are increasingly facing, there is tremendous incentive to over-document and over-code.

The subsequent uptick in higher-coding visits, like 99214s and 99215s, is catching the attention of ...

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Almost half of patients over the age of 65 use the Internet.

Contrast that with the percentage of doctors who use computers in their offices or in hospitals, which is a number hovering around 20 percent.

Of course, that doesn't mean doctors, in general, are computer Luddites. On the contrary, there are many who are trying to push the envelope, integrating the latest in social ...

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Billions of dollars are going to be spent modernizing our antiquated medical record system.

However, if these new digital systems fail to talk to one another, it's simply going to balloon costs.

Consider this example, which occurs pretty commonly. A man is urgently rushed to a hospital 25 to 30 miles away from the one he normally goes to. Both hospitals have EMRs, but because they ...

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