Michelle McNickle

By Michelle McNickle 10:04 am July 26, 2012
A recent survey revealed that of 1,190 physicians polled, 75 percent still use their desktop for practice management. In fact, despite the onslaught and popularity of mobile apps and usage techniques, just 6 percent of those questioned opt for a smart phone, while 10 percent use an iPad or other tablet for these same tasks.
By Michelle McNickle 11:55 am July 24, 2012
A recent study by ICD MarketScape evaluated 16 vendors and concluded the HIE landscape is shifting from "connecting the ecosystem with exchange data and meaningful incentives," to transforming data into "actionable information." John Stanley, principal with Impact Advisors, outlines five keys to HIEs in this changing market.
By Michelle McNickle 01:05 pm July 23, 2012
It's common knowledge that the Continuity of Care Document (CCD) specification is a healthcare standard EHRs will use to exchange data, based on requirements outlined in meaningful use. But one expert says there's more to know about the spec, and how it will impact organizations' MU efforts in the months ahead.
By Michelle McNickle 11:57 am July 18, 2012
Now more than ever, providers are exploring whether the Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement program is best to receive their EHR incentive payments. For many, both are an option, and according to Stephen Martinez, CEO at MTS Healthcare, it's imperative to understand the ins-and-outs of each.
By Michelle McNickle 01:32 pm July 17, 2012
According to a recent report, the future looks unsteady for small primary care practices with 10 doctors or fewer. In fact, more than a quarter of those surveyed could foresee themselves closing up shop within the next year. One expert shows how the EHR could be turned into a money-maker.
By Michelle McNickle 10:43 am July 13, 2012
For the past few weeks, HIT Twitter users were united in nominating their peers for the #HIT100 program. The top #HIT100 list was revealed, and Healthcare IT News obtained the full list from #HIT100 creator Michael Planchart.
By Michelle McNickle 12:35 pm July 12, 2012
It's no secret EMRs hold numerous benefits, such as enabling physicians and caregivers to make clinical decisions based on the data in the system. But issues arise and dangers are seen when the data in that EMR is incorrect — something that happens all too frequently thanks to the view/write/transcribe mentality of entering data.
By Michelle McNickle 11:05 am July 11, 2012
Just a few years ago, the industry saw most vendors touting their support for meaningful use. Today, that focus is slowly shifting to the "ready for ACO" mentality. But unlike meaningful use, said Shahid Shah, software analyst and author of the blog, The Health IT Guy, the technology required for ACOs isn't as well defined, leaving most vendors'...
By Michelle McNickle 03:05 pm July 09, 2012
With the number of people using Twitter growing exponentially, it can sometimes be hard to hear through all the noise. Thankfully, there are a select few healthcare experts whose tweets -- and blogs -- offer some of the best reads in the industry.
By Michelle McNickle 10:00 am July 05, 2012
Anyone interested in social media and healthcare IT has most likely seen the hashtag #HIT100 floating around the Twittersphere within the past few days. Wondering what it means, and how to become involved? You're not alone.

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