"Does EHR in Canada also result in an explosion of words?"

"Does EHR in Canada also result in an explosion of words?"

In the US,  payment is based on CPT codes which are determined by how many items are recorded in the examination.This results in a system where “more is better”. With EHR, the ability to “default” normal items into the record can lead to 3 and 4 page eye examinations with elaborate descriptions of normal findings. The ability to extract the pertinent material is hampered by the amount of useless verbiage."

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Telus deluded into thinking hosting HealthVault = patients access health records

Telus deluded into thinking hosting HealthVault = patients access health records

The Vancouver Sun article and the Telus Press release that it is likely based upon, makes it sound like all we need is Telus to start using Microsoft's HealthVault and magically patients will access all their health records. At least when Apple promises some magic, they deliver something and make us think it is special. There is no way that Telus can deliver their magical solution as simply hosting a medium to access health records does not mean any data will be in theHealthVault.

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Don't move to EMR if sole reason bonus $$ from government; adopt for right reasons

Don't move to EMR if sole reason bonus $$ from government; adopt for right reasons

If you adopted an Electronic Medical Record to take advantage of government funding, then you have made a big mistake, not to mention having abused public funds for personal gain. An EMR SHOULD be used to help improve the quality of care for your patients. For the most part, such systems do not save you time during your patient encounters and can be heartbreakingly painful to set up for your practice. That being said, it appears that a number of my colleagues have made the move to an EMR so they could get the government incentive money. Why would anyone do this?

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Response to EHR Guy posting on Contextual Usability in EMRs

Response to EHR Guy posting on Contextual Usability in EMRs
The EHR Guy posted an interesting topic for discussion at the EHRNET called “Why is Contextual Usability so Important for EMR Implementation Success?” I encourage readers to visit that forum to add to the discussion if this topic is of interest to you. Below is The EHR Guy’s topic posting and my response to get an idea of whether this might be worth discussing further.Read More

Implemented lessons learned from Office Record Review into EMR templates and went live same day.

Implemented lessons learned from Office Record Review into EMR templates and went live same day.

The American Board of Ophthalmology introduced mandatory re-certification every 10 years the year I became a 'Board Certified' Ophthalmologist in 1995. The re-certification process is now spread out over 8 years and I just completed the first phase of my second 10-year re-certification process: the Office Record Review (ORR.) I had not remembered the specifics from the last time I had completed the exercise but remembered that I felt it was an educational exercise. Now with it once again completed, I still feel it is a rewarding experience.

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