Understanding CCDs

The Continuity of Care Document (CCD) is a health-care standard electronic medical records (EMRs) EHRs will use to exchange data based on requirements outlined in meaningful use—but that’s not all you need to know about it.

What is it? The CCD is based on the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), a document standard governed by the HL7 organization.

EMRs pinpoint preventative/follow-up care faster

Primary care practices using electronic medical records (EMRs) identify patients who need preventative or follow-up care 30 times faster than practices using paper, according to a recent study.

The study was commissioned by Canada Health Infoway, a not-for-profit organization funded by the Canadian government, and conducted by researchers at St. Mary’s Research Centre, MedbASE Research and McGill University.

Physicians are Willing – But Not Ready

There’s a big gap between what physicians thought they could do, and what they were eligible to do, to collect meaningful use incentives last year, according to a new study, which appears in the May issue of Health Affairs.

The study shows that 91 percent of physicians nationwide were eligible for federal electronic medical record (EMR) incentives in 2011. However, only 10 percent intended to apply for the program.

Five Ways to get ROI from Your EMR

Most medical practices that implement Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) see a significant financial return on investment (ROI). Here are five ways that happens: You can see more patients; you’ll reduce missed appointments; your claims processing will be more efficient; you’ll spend less on hard technology costs; and you’ll improve reimbursements.

2012′s Hottest Health Care IT Trends

Wondering what the most-discussed health care IT topics were in 2011—and what they’ll likely be in 2012? ID Experts compiled expert opinions and found them to be much the same: mobile devices, patient privacy rights, and data breaches. Below are several of the items from ID Experts’ top 10 list, and additional items and details are available here.