Every Healthcare institution I visit, whether a Hospital or Physician Practice, seems to have the same problem. “We’ve implemented our new EMR, but we still access the old one every day.”
The problem is that the need to access the Legacy Data stored in a previous system requires the facility to keep that system up and running. CIOs I speak with all have a similar comment, “How can we afford the cost and staffing to continue to support both our new, go-forward systems as well as the prior system it replaced?” The simple fact is no one can.
Business Process Management (BPM) is the activities of defining the most efficient set of activities that need to take place in order to complete a business process, like paying an invoice or creating a bill.
Let’s take a look at one of the most impactful BPM initiatives in Hospitals over the past 10 years...
Remember back in the days before Electronic Signature for Medical Records? Piles of unsigned patient charts...
Healthcare organizations are faced with two conflicting demands. Partners need more and more access to patients records to approve payments, work audits and manage collections while at the same time properly stewarding the security of this same data.Read More
The painful reality for healthcare organizations is that reimbursement is under increasing downward pressure. This, combined with the recent operational requirements of Meaningful Use and ICD-10 conversions, has meant that while reimbursement is headed lower, operational costs have risen to previously unseen levels. Healthcare organizations are looking for any area of their operations in which they can pare costs, from staffing to supplies to reducing or eliminating unprofitable services.Read More
Today, it’s hardly a secret that EDMS (Electronic Document Management Systems) deliver significant monetary savings and numerous other advantages over the use and maintenance of hard copy records. Consequently, you can bet that any company or firm looking to expand profitability and viability is seriously considering the promising prospects of a digital records environment.Read More
Choosing the proper EMR solution for your practice is a challenging process that has been made even more challenging by the requirements of the HITECH Act. Even more distressing, it has changed the primary focus from choosing the solution that best fits your needs to choosing the solution that will most likely provide stimulus reimbursement funds. We say "most likely" because the funds are anything but guaranteed. Remember they are paid out over a period of 5 years and only as a percentage of allowable Medicare (or Medicaid) charges and only if you can show "meaningful use" consistent with the legislation's definition of that term.Read More
The migration of records and other information away from paper, toward paperless environments, has been going on since the advent of the computer. As information increasingly flows to, lives on and is created through electronic media, many have declared paper passé. But by all indications, the predictions of paper's demise are greatly exaggerated. You have only to look at the stack of it on someone's desk or count a department's numerous filing cabinets to realize that paper is not only still here, but flourishing. Call it what you will—necessary evil, inconvenience, archaic information platform—paper, according to an estimate by Coopers & Lybrand, is expanding at the extraordinary rate of 22% per year.Read More
What with the huge legislative battle in 2010 over reform of the healthcare industry and the continuing attempts to repeal or cripple the law that was passed, one has to ask: What really ails healthcare in this country? In the heat of the battle that continues to rage, fingers of blame have been pointed in many different directions. Depending on who is pointing, the guilty parties can range from bloated bureaucracies and wasteful/ fraudulent providers to greedy insurance companies and a fundamentally sick society.Read More
On the surface, it may seem cost-effective for an organization to handle its own data protection, including tape and media storage and critical information backups. By not paying a vendor for such services, substantial savings should be realized. So the reasoning goes. But in reality, it is often less expensive and less stressful to engage outside, offsite data protection experts to do the job. There are a number of reasons why.Read More