Health IT

An essay discussing when a doctor is too old, or too young

“The old doctor stored important details about patients in memory, and nowhere else. The doctor’s hesitantly typed notes recording office visits were brief and old-fashioned – a few sentences at most, difficult for anyone else to interpret.

The young doctor remembered little about each patient from visit to visit, but typed volumes, and was a big …

Read more…

Welcome to A4 Health Systems

I would like to welcome A4 Health Systems as a sponsored link, joining AdvancedMD. They provide the HealthMatics EMR, which coincidentally my practice has been using for the past 4 months. So far, no regrets. Their implementation has been relatively smooth and the product has proven to be highly flexible to suit a variety of practice styles.

Bill Frist writes about a utopian future of medicine in ten years

“I would like you to meet a patient from the year 2015. He lives in a world in which years ago America’s leaders made tough but wise decisions. They built on the best aspects of American health care and unleashed the creative power of the competitively driven marketplace. These changes resulted in dramatic improvements to the U.S. …

Read more…

Medpundit is switching to an EMR

Our practice also recently switched over to an EMR, using the A4 Healthmatics EMR. We are a 5-physician group and the transition was not without its growing pains. It is certainly true that some will be more comfortable using a computer than others. At first, the workflow was slowed – appointment times were doubled, with 15 minute appointments going to …

Read more…

Make VA electronic medical record systems available to all physicians

I second this notion. Of all the EMRs I have used, the VA system is the most polished, comprehensive, and evolved.

"Bedfellows of the insurers"

A thoughtful response to my piece on good business vs good medicine. The commenter argues that the fundamental problem is our dependence on the insurance system. Consequently, our health-care system is slanted against good medicine. It is the insurance companies that forces good business on our medical practice, and the physicians are unwitting pawns. Take a read:

The assumption is that somehow good business and good …

Read more…

Thinking about my schedule

Some big changes in the coming months. First we’re switching to an EMR. After that, there’s the increasing pressure by management to see more patients – not to mention having our compensation structure more directly correlate with our productivity RVUs. I’m thinking of changing my schedule structure – currently it’s the standard 15-minute blocks with 30-minute physicals. Many advocate the modified-wave structure. Looks good …

Read more…

The switch to EMR

So the big deal in my practice is the transition to an EMR in the upcoming months. Finally. Our administration has chosen the HealthMatics EMR by A4 Health Systems.

The plan will be to carry these laptops into the exam room, and in an ideal situation, directly enter notes into templates while doing the history.

Anyone have any experience with this system? …

Read more…

58
pages

✓ Join 150,000+ subscribers
✓ Get KevinMD's most popular stories