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Working for a doctor could be seen as a perk in terms of your personal healthcare. After all, nobody likes going in for a check-up, so the more convenient the terms, the better. Also, it’s comforting to have insider knowledge of a skilled physician whom you can trust.
Not so fast! There can be unforeseen consequences in having your boss as your doctor. First of all, he’s also your employer, and making him privy to personal information could make your job situation more awkward. No boss should have intimate details about their employees.
Doctors are judgmental by nature. It’s how they function. You don’t want that sort of intense focus on anything but your job performance. As a patient, you deserve objective attention with no fear of repercussions.
I have a friend who is a type-2 diabetic, and her doctor/boss kids her in a joking manner whenever she eats something she’s not supposed to around the office. Granted, it’s helpful for her to realize the necessity of eating right, but she’s on pins and needles in the workplace. I’m very skeptical of this type of arrangement, and it also leads me to ponder another question: should doctors practice what they preach?
There is a doctor in our office who is severely overweight. Recently he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This afternoon we all went out to lunch, and he ordered fried chicken and mashed potatoes, a dessert of apple pie and ironically, a diet coke.
Nobody said a word. Not the other doctor who was there, or the two nurses, or the other staff members. We were all painfully aware of the negative effects of this nationwide epidemic, and the fact that this doctor was committing a slow form of suicide to eat that lunch.
I felt torn because he is a friend of mine, and I make it a policy of being truthful with friends. However, I also work for him, and there is a level of protocol I have always followed in the workplace. We all occasionally eat fast food, or drink too much, or otherwise show bad judgment. As medical professionals, the consequences of our behavior is a given and doesn’t need to be discussed.
But isn’t it wrong for a doctor to not generally live a healthy lifestyle? Should a doctor even be overweight in the first place? Shouldn’t they lead by example?
My doctor friend has diagnosed countless diabetics, and he knows firsthand how many people fail to change their bad eating habits. He now knows by experience what they’re going through, and instead of letting it inform his behavior, it seems to me that he is choosing to act like he is above it. Doesn’t that degrade the kind of medicine he practices?
If this keeps up, and he doesn’t stop eating junk, I am seriously considering staging some kind of intervention. I will not sit idly by and watch him ruin his health. That would be against the ethics of our chosen profession.
An electronic medical record (EMR) is a digital legal medical record created and used in an institution which provides medical care. Electronic medical records have been a part of health information systems which allows the institution to store, recover and manipulate patient’s records.
Antithesis with paper-based record:
Paper based records have been the standard for collating medical data for centuries and their continuous replacement by digital records have slowly gone underway for the past 20 years. However, EMR systems that have been brought about have been mainly used for administrative purposes compared to clinical application.
An insurmountable amount of storage space is required for paper based records compared to that of computerized or digital records. Most medical institutions are required a minimum of seven to ten years to have physical records to be held. This feat of keeping medical records is not a walk in the park for any medical institution due to costs for media storage for paper records compared to that of digital media. Not to mention time constraints in retrieving information for review by health care providers and risks of paper-based records which are hard to sometimes hard to read, damaged or incomplete. Information sharing costs such as -faxing, transporting and copying of files are consequential compared to digital file transfers.
Electronic medical records help align medical institutions for any updates that can be easily accessible to consumers. In which case dramatically improves the quality and reliability of medical institutions and non-affiliated healthcare facilities in providing assistance in a timely manner.
Barriers of EMRs:
Widespread exertion of the use of EMRs has been contested with issues that are at the forefront of medical institutions and the government including financial matters, patient privacy and technical issues. Technical barriers comes hand-in-hand with the financial aspect of its disadvantages. Computer hardware, software, upgrades and maintenance fees are just the tip of the iceberg. Additional funds are needed for training and/or re-training of medical staff to manipulate and navigate thru the system.
In terms of medical advances, electronic medical records generated a rapid increase on countless lives emancipated; in which case, greatly outweighs its detriment. For more information visit to our site at http://www.acrendo.com
Your EMR is a powerful platform for supporting epidemiological research services that supports capturing large amounts of data for modelling, analysis and statistics showing outcomes, psychographics and trends. At Data Clinic we can provide information management and statistics services that can compliment epidemiological research.
The EMR provides a broad cohort (scope of data) that can be used for a variety of data analysis on epidemiological specific attributes such as new health programme implementations, genomics, drug studies, immunisations and at risk areas.
EMR analysis can be used for trend modelling, application of mathematical models, gaining insight into observational evidence or the development of a Epedemiological Ratings Scales that can show a heat map across geographies or custom perspectives.
Trends can be used to provide research and analysis directions and creation of in-depth epidemiological profiles that can be useful in targeting and tracking issues and outcomes across different programmes.
High-level outcome studies can enable administrators to manage chronic diseases by indicators. Once direct data entry by providers of critical information such as medications and immunizations is implemented, an EMR’s potential ability to perform any number of outcomes studies will ease the burden of conducting cost analyses and budgetary forecasts.
Access to relevant data and the ability to analyze large sets of statistically significant data could speed research and healthcare advancements by leaps and bounds.
Examples of the attributes you can potentially use for EMR epidemiological characteristics are:
CONTRIBUTORS TO THE BURDEN OF DISEASE
CHRONIC DISEASE FACTORS
INFECTIOUS DISEASE FACTOS
BREAKDOWN BY DISEASE CLASSIFICATIONS AND GROUPS
EMERGENCY ADMISSIONS TO HOSPITALS
LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH
If there’s one technology which has created a pivotal role in the health care industry today, then it would be the creation of electronic medical records. Through EMR, retrieval and modification of patient has become efficient and cost-effective in the long run.
While many clinics in the US still prefer paper based records because of the ease of data entry and lower costs, the significant amount of storage it requires has caused problems. In the US, states require health organizations to maintain patient records for a minimum of 7 years. With thousands of clients per year, most organizations choose to keep their records in different locations which make assessments by a single health care provider to be time consuming, if not complicated. While it is true that paper records are cheaper to replicate, it is also more difficult to maintain. Moreover, in cases when patient information is required in different locations, the costs associated with copying, faxing, and transmitting will definitely increase. This is where electronic medical records become beneficial.
With an EMR, any agency – whether it’s the government, insurance companies or other medical institutions – requiring a patient’s health record, there is no need for a physical retrieval because all information can be accessed with just a few clicks of a button. Some EMRs even allow the transmission of patient data through email, thereby making it more convenient for both the recipient and the issuing agency.
Aside from these advantages, researchers agree that by converting to electronic medical records, health care institutions can improve their service drastically. With EMRs, patients no longer to fill up forms, hence records are more clearly understood, thereby facilitating the decrease in medical errors. Also, EMRs offer standardized forms, and information is inputted directly to the computer which will enable a physician to access patient information for several periods. EMRs compile different types of information such as the types of medicines prescribed to them, the dosage for each medication, the lab tests the patient has received, as well as the diseases they were diagnosed with. Through a well-compiled medical history, a physician can have a better understanding of a patient’s needs and provide them with better service possible. For more information visit to our site at http://www.acrendo.com
Samsung’s first ebook reader is on the way and the Samsung E6 ebook reader will be on the same playing field as countless ebook readers. Deciding which ereader to buy can be difficult, but if you’re considering
Look the advantage and the disadvantage below:
The Samsung E6 has lots of features very similar to the Sony E-book Reader Touch Edition and one of the features is the long lag this ereader takes to respond after an action (unfortunately). The precision stylus pen is great, but what good is having such great technology on a medium that won’t handle its features properly – it’s like having the best kite in the world in a windless town.
The Kindle is backed by Amazon and Barnes & Noble are backing the Nook, but who has Samsung got? The Samsung E6 ebook reader is backed by Google Books but the only features that are coming out of that deal are free books (that you can find almost anywhere). Hopefully Samsung’s E6 can manage to do as well as Sony’s E-book Reader series without any major support.
Slider Control Pad
One of the distinguishing features of the Samsung E6 ereader is its sliding control panel. The control panel features look great from afar, but up close; it’s just kinda’ pointless. There is really no need to have a touchscreen, advanced stylus, and navigation pad in one device. I suppose it would be great to have another option if the touchscreen went kaput, but without the navigation features, I’m pretty sure the cost of the Samsung E6 would be less.
The Samsung E6 ebook reader will ship in March or April 2010 for a whopping price of $399. There aren’t enough features or innovation in the Samsung E6 pocket reader to justify the high price of $399. Sumsung’s competition will all have established ereader models on the market for less and it’ll be hard for the Samsung E6 to compete in the same market. Also, keep in mind that the Apple iPad is set to release in April for just $100 more and with all of its features; it’s sure to leave the Samsung E6 in the dust.
Precision Stylus Pen
The EMR technology of the Samsung E6 ebook reader will offer more precision than any other ebook reader on the market and will allow users to convert handwriting to text.
The Samsung E6 ereader features support for both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection support. These features give users the ability to download ebooks on demand and share select ebooks with other Samsung E6 owners.
The Apple iPad boasts 10 hours of battery life, but charging your Samsung E6 for only four hours will give owners of this ereader up to two weeks of battery life to enjoy all the features of their Samsung E6 ereader. Two weeks of battery life is more than enough for long airplane rides or road trips and it’s likely you’ll never run out of battery life with this ebook reader (so long as you don’t forget to charge it for two weeks).
Don’t get me wrong; all ebooks won’t be free on the Samsung E6 ereader, but Samsung has partnered with Google to provide a vast library of public domain books (free ebooks reader) for its users. The free ebook reader features of the Samsung E6 are sure to be a huge selling point for Samsung and it will definitely make ebook reader enthusiasts happy.
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Another day of healthcare reform, another cheeky acronym and another pot of federal funds.
Something called the HITECH Act has just taken effect. For those of you (like me) who find acronyms ironic because they only serve to make the English language more confusing, HITECH stands for “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health.” For insurance companies and medical providers, it’s just another cold day in February. For anyone at any other company that so much catches a whiff of wet ink on a medical record with their eyes closed, it’s going to be a pretty crazy at the filing cabinets.
Among the most important of the new HITECH Act mandates is a federal breach notification requirement for stored health information that is not encrypted or otherwise made indecipherable, as well as increasing penalties for violations. Until this law was passed, only two of the 48 states with data breach notification requirements included health information as a specified data type.
Now with the HITECH Act, the entire United States health industry and their business partners must quickly understand and get ready for these new data breach notification. Under HITECH, the HIPAA privacy and security rules were strengthened, with business associates now required to comply as if they were covered entities. Breach notification rules also require business associates to report breaches of protected health information to affected covered entities. That means your attorneys, your accountants, your health insurance companies and its vendors are all liable if your medical record falls into the wrong hands while in their possession.
Ah, but there’s also Obama money to be made. In February of 2009, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) allocated $19 billion in funding for hospitals and clinics that make “meaningful use” of CCHIT certified Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. Funds under the ARRA can begin flowing as early as October 1, 2010 for hospitals that meet the “meaningful use” standard. A typical 300 bed hospital can expect as much as $6 million if they qualify in 2010 or 2011. Hospitals qualifying later than 2015 will receive none of these funds. Hospital administrators are knee deep in grant applications and filing them faster than I can type these words.
Companies the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act applies to also include accounting, software, billing and law firms that work directly with medical records through a contract with medical providers. What’s more, their own business associates are responsible for updating their vendor contracts for compliance with the HITECH Act, but covered entities (like group health insurance plans) are being advised by the Feds to review their existing agreements to obtain reasonable assurances that business associates have appropriate security measures in place if the privacy breach notification requirements are triggered.
What this all means in theory is if you sue someone for, let’s say, money to pay medical bills you got in a car wreck that wasn’t your fault. Your attorney e-mails his or her office assistant a PDF of your hospital discharge record so it can be filed away for court. Next, let’s say that office clerk accidently forwards that e-mail to her boyfriend or anyone else who doesn’t have a server that’s locked down like Fort Knox. Your attorney, the office clerk and the clerk’s boyfriend who got your medical record instead of that Valentines Day e-Card she meant to send can be hauled into court.
Word to the wise, folks: Check your Outlook settings. Maintain your “In” boxes with more regularity. Also, if you’re in a small business that comes into contact with any health information, make sure your employees know about HIPPA, HITECH and all those other letters that can get you sued after tomorrow.
According to many medical experts, EMR or electronic medical records are tools used today by many hospitals to store and manage their patient’s medical records easily and conveniently. Compared to paper-based records, an EMR can offer faster retrieval of a patient’s record which can be useful for a number of reasons.
What is an EMR?
An EMR or electronic medical record is a type of software developed for use of hospitals and other medical care providers for easier way to store, retrieve, and modify a patient’s medical record.
The software is usually closely related to another type of electronic medical device known as the EHR or electronic health record. Both terms are usually used interchangeably, although a difference between them can be defined. The EMR can be defined as the legal patient record created in hospitals and ambulatory environments that is the data source for the EHR.
Different Types of EMR
There are different types of EMR services or module within an EMR software. Each module specifies a particular illness, complete with templates and information in which nurses and doctors can use. Popular types of EMR modules include pain management EMR, dermatology EMR, pediatric EMR, general surgery EMR, and many others.
Advantages compared to Traditional Practices
There are many advantages of using EMR compared to the use of traditional pen-and-paper-based medical records. One situation is when a previous patient from one hospital is admitted in another hospital. The usual process of transferring the patient’s medical record from his/her previous hospital would normally involve courier services, particularly if the patient is admitted in a hospital in another region or state.
EMR made this process easier by sending the patient’s digital medical record through the internet to another hospital that also makes use of EMR applications.
Another reason why EMR are highly recommended by many medical experts is because it minimizes the risk of medical errors usually posed by poor penmanship.
Pre-printed forms, the standardization of abbreviations, and standards for penmanship were encouraged to improve reliability of paper medical records. Electronic records help with the standardization of forms, terminology and abbreviations, and data input. Digitization of forms facilitates the collection of data for epidemiology and clinical studies.
Because of these, many medical experts now recommends the use of EMR, particularly for large hospitals, to not only make it easier for nurses and doctors to store and retrieve medical records, but also improve their medical practices by minimizing the many medical errors produced by the use of paper-based medical records. For more information visit to our site at http://www.acrendo.com
In addition to seeing patients, primary care physicians must address more than three dozen urgent but uncompensated tasks each day. Completely understandings a practice workflow is essential to addressing the needs in a family practice EMR or primary care EMR. Tasks such as answering telephone calls and emails, refilling prescriptions, reviewing lab test results and consulting with other doctors consume large amounts of time each day.
Combine the need for efficiency to run a physician’s practice with the requirements to demonstrate Meaningful Use (which physicians can potentially gain up to $44,000) and it is time to make the move to a family practice EMR. In order to gain the most from a primary care EMR, physicians will need to:
Gain greater insight into the health maintenance of their patient population
Leverage clinical decision support tools, e-prescribing and registry reporting
Reduce overhead costs of paper and searching for charts
Be prepared to qualify for Meaningful Use
At this point, it is no longer a question of “if”, but a question of “when” to begin the implementation of an EMR system. Primary care and family practice physicians are the main targets as part of the government’s campaign to increase adoption of EMR software. Therefore, vendors that provide Family practice emr or primary care EMR will be the most obvious choice for physicians. These vendors will most likely specialize in delivering solutions for small to medium sized practices – which is exactly where EMR adoption should increase the most. Establishing Electronic Health Records Software and Practice Management Software for a healthcare facility requires patience and well planned implementation from a vendor who knows what they’re doing. Although many practices understand the benefits electronic health records have to offer, there have been varying concerns regarding the transitional phase to a paperless office.
Large physician, multi-specialty clinics are already ahead of the curve in adopting EMR software. However, these EMR software products typically are more expensive for smaller practices and have more information than is necessary. This combination of a perfect Primary care emr, stimulus funding, and supportive vendors will help make the adoption process faster among physicians nationwide.