CDIA Health eBrief
Oct. 26, 2011

Clinical documentation: When is there too much information?
As federal regulations and requirements are more often on the minds and mouths of administrators, so too is the concept of accountable care. A large part of this initiative is the concept of clinical documentation, designed to make sure necessary procedures and safety requirements have been undertaken to assist in quality of care and billing/payment initiatives. However, a clinical documentation initiative is not without its pain points, but there are ways to troubleshoot documentation woes.More

EHR adoption reaches 75 percent for larger physician offices
Marketwire via MarketWatch
SK&A, a provider of healthcare information solutions and research, recently released its updated "Physician Office Usage of Electronic Health Records Software" report, which identified the correlation between office size, number of exam rooms and average daily patient volume with the likelihood of EHR adoption. The report showed an overall EHR adoption rate of 40.4 percent.More

EHR market to reach $6.5 billion by 2012
Total market revenue for electronic health records is expected to hit $6.5 billion in 2012, which is more than a sixfold increase from the $973.2 million posted in 2009, a study from Frost & Sullivan predicts. The rise in EHR revenues is primarily due to new licensing and upgrades as hospitals get their EHR systems ready to meet meaningful use requirements.More

Data archiving solutions
When healthcare organizations begin to contemplate the transition to a new health information system, there are a host of financial and logistical issues. In addition to the burdensome time and monetary expenses of the switch and training employees to use the new HIS, questions remain about what to do with the data left behind in the old system, which is soon to be retired. One solution involves migrating the data from the legacy system to an active archive, a "live" application that retains editing capability, functionality, readability and access to data. More

Survey: Most physicians require more EHR training
Physicians do not receive adequate training to effectively use their EHRs, according to a report released by AmericanEHR Partners. Almost half of respondents received three or fewer days of training while three to five days of EHR training was necessary to achieve the highest level of overall satisfaction, according to the report.More

Many patients love EHRs, fear storing data themselves
Nearly half of consumers have viewed or would be interested in seeing their EHRs, according to a new survey by Manhattan Research. But so far, that interest has not translated into a leap in the use of PHR applications to store that data. The two groups have very different profiles, said Monique Levy, vice president of research for Manhattan Research. Those who have accessed or would like to access their EHR data, she noted, "tend to be more proactive in terms of going online to look for health information." More

Emdat names 2 regional VPs
Modern Healthcare (free registration required)
Emdat named Patricia Pounds and Neal Smith as regional vice presidents of sales. The company, which provides Web-based medical transcription software, created the two new posts as part of an expansion effort. Pounds was most recently a sales representative at CodeRyte, a computer-assisted coding company. Smith previously served as director of enterprise revenue-management solutions for McKesson Provider Technologies.More

Advantec changes its name
Hernando Today via Tampa Bay Online
Advantec Global Solutions announced that it is now eDocs Conversion Solutions, a company dedicated to a seamless integration approach to EMR technology. The name change reflects a reinvention of the 11-year-old medical transcription company as it has expanded its services to provide cutting-edge scanning, editing and transcription services to the medical community, the company said.More

Murphy to be ONC deputy coordinator
Modern Healthcare
Judy Murphy will lead one of five top divisions in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS. Murphy will be the new deputy national coordinator for programs and policy. Murphy is currently vice president of electronic health records applications at Aurora Health Care, a 12-hospital integrated delivery system, and has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Medical Informatics Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. More

ONC reorganizes, adds deputy slot
Modern Healthcare
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology now has a No. 2, at least on the organization chart. As part of a reorganization "to more effectively meet the mission" outlined by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, a section of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the office will add the position of principal deputy, according to a notice by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. More