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Are Hospital EHR Vendors Primarily Software or Services Companies? By Kyle Samani Hospital EHR vendors are not primarily software companies with professional services divisions

Buy or Build: SaaS Can Make Sense for Meaningful Use Reporting By John Hotchkiss The trials and tribulations of Meaningful Use (MU) have given new meaning to the lives of many of us in IT, and often not in a good way. An average 250-bed community hospital submitting its 90-day attestation report must process roughly 3,000 records covering approximately 13,250 patient days, using nearly 300 data elements per record for core and menu measures with up to 600 data elements in each record in support of the clinical quality measures.

The Cost Savings Realized by Single-Platform Solutions By Deborah Kohn Medicare cutbacks, increased mergers and acquisitions, and declining revenues and margins are daily realities for healthcare provider organizations. Yet so are costly and often mandatory IT initiatives, such as replacing or implementing electronic health and financial record (EH&FR) systems, integrating and securing the next mobile form factor of computing devices, converting to ICD-10 for reimbursement purposes, and meeting the Affordable Care Act requirements

Improving Patient Outcomes with Real-Time Decision Support and Analytics in the “Connected Home” By Fauzia Khan, MD, FCAP Over the past decade, technology innovations have continually pushed the boundaries in the healthcare industry. Patient information in the hospital and ambulatory settings is now easily accessible through EHR/PHR systems and sophisticated Health Information Exchanges (HIE)

A Balanced EHR Copy Forward Solution By Kyle Samani There’s been a recent wave of media coverage surrounding the topic of EHR copy forward functionality. Many have suggested that this function should be outright banned

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