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Make a Smart EHR Switch

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by admin No Comments

What you should look for while choosing an EHR whether you are going for a new one or replacing your current EHR

As stated in the Black Book Rankings (http://www.blackbookrankings.com/healthcare/), the year 2013 was predicted as “Year of the Big EHR Switch”. Black book rankings are considered to be well recognized and independent source of quality surveys on user satisfaction, conducted several surveys along with the EHR users. According to the surveys, almost 80% of the EHR users are dissatisfied and they want to switch their EHR.

Mobile Based EHR:

According to Black Book Rankings, smart device based EHR is the top requirement of the health care providers that are considering to switch their EHRs. Mostly healthcare providers are now using the smart devices like the smart phones, iPad and other kind of tablets to perform their everyday activities. They want to perform these activities from anywhere they want. They want to view the patient charts, appointments, schedules, messages, lab orders and etc. remotely. So at the end of 2014 it is highly expected that the market of mobile based EHRs will grow up to 500%.


Infographic: What you should look for while choosing an EHR?

Infographic: What you should look for while choosing an EHR?



User Friendly EHR:

Mostly surveys have shown that the reason to switch an EHR is that doctors are finding it very difficult to understand the EHR application. So the problem is that EHRs are not user friendly and easy to use. Which is directly affecting the performance which in turn is resulting in the cost overrun and opportunity loss. It is said by the doctors that EHR vendors need to fulfill their promise of providing the improved outcomes and performance. So doctors need to switch to the EHR which is highly user friendly and has maximum customization provided.

Interoperability:

Interoperability is something that enables the date sharing and delivery between different EHR applications. It is the most important feature that EHR should have because right information at right time to the right person makes a big difference. So all the interoperability standards should be implemented carefully and it should be simple, secure and scalable.

Clear Understanding of Workflows:

Doctors thinking to switch their EHRs also considering the question that “how they can get most out of their EHR?” The answer to the question is very easy that they need to fully understand the workflow of the application and for that their vendors should facilitate them with highly experienced support personnel. It is quite clear now that doctors need to switch to the EHR with efficient and fast performing 24/7 support.

Before making another move, it is highly important for the doctors to not repeat the mistake they committed in the past. They need to closely analyze what they want in their EHR. Below is the table that will make it clear that how Panacea EHR is full filling all your needs

Schedule & Appointment Management: relief to your medical practice

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by admin No Comments

Before the era of IT and close integration of IT in our lives, going to doctor was not that easy. One had to go through the terrible hassle on the appointment counter which was, no doubt, a time wasting and tiring process. To get over the problem, appointment scheduling systems were introduced in the market in the near past. Initially they were not that mature but with the improvements suggested by the users and the general public now we have some really useful appointment management systems. All the systems in market have the same purpose but with different features. The difference is basically based on the features like some allow double booking, recurring appointments, color coded appointments and etc. whereas some do not.

Integration of Schedule Management Systems with Practice Management systems:

The new problem arose when Practice management systems were introduced and being highly used for managing the clinics. Using two different systems for managing the appointments and managing the practice was becoming a burden. Clinic staff had to do redundant work for patient demographics and a lot of other things as well. Then service providers merged the schedule management system into the practice management system to avoid rework. Now almost every Practice management system is integrated with the patient schedule management system in order to ensure comfort and efficiency in managing a medical practice.

Panacea™ Schedule and Appointment Management System:

Panacea EHR is incorporated with one of the most intuitive patient scheduling systems. Panacea, being a web-based EHR, provides secure online access which means any clinical staff member designated to do the appointment scheduling can do it anywhere he wants and anytime he is asked to. Panacea scheduling system gives a color coded appointment management which makes it easy for the staff to recognize the time slots available or booked against a particular Doctor and also the patient’s problem.

  • Panacea™ lets you create recurring appointments over a specific time period.
  • Appointments can be cancelled and deleted as required.
  • Patient demographic information can be managed in few clicks
  • Different color can be allotted to different appointments.

Appointments on Panacea™ Dashboard:

Right after the login, Doctor can view his appointments on his dashboard making it easy to keep an eye on his commitments. Appointments of different dates and Doctors can also be viewed from the Dashboard. To make navigation easier for the Doctor, he can directly jump to the patient chart right from the appointments displayed.


Panacea™ Dashboard showing appointments and schedule

Panacea™ Dashboard showing appointments and schedule



Managing Break List:

Panacea Scheduler has also the ability to record the break time of any provider. Staff can select the time period for the break and it will be displayed in a color selected, making it easy to communicate with the patients.

Patient Satisfaction:

Panacea Scheduler will satisfy your patients by making it easy for them to access your practice anytime they want. They don’t have to wait in the large queue for follow ups and scheduling their appointments resulting in their contentment. Patient satisfaction means the success of your practice. So lead your practice to the path of success with Panacea™ EHR.

Pan-Academy: Learning is fun!

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Pan-Academy - Panacea Web Based EHR Learning Tutorials

We are excited to announce our new effort towards affluence named as Pan-academy. Panacea EHR, always striving to provide you with the ease in your practice, is now coming up with the learning academy to make your EHR experience smoother and more fun. It is specially designed to train the Panacea EHR users on how to use its different features.

It is not just a typical user guide but it’s designed on the concept of E-learning based education and training. You have videos corresponding to each module in the Panacea EHR. You can watch the video and at the end of each video/e-learning session you have a quiz to attempt. It also help the doctors in accessing the knowledge of their employees regarding the web-based EHR, by reviewing the progress reports. This will ultimately reduce the chances of some serious mistakes.

Let’s have a brief look on how it’s going to work:

1. You can access it by clicking the “Pan-academy” icon on the top right corner of Panacea EHR or you can directly access it through the URL www.learnpanacea.com


Pan-Academy - Panacea EHR Leaning / Tutorials

Pan-academy icon on the top right corner of Panacea EHR



2. Login with your Panacea credentials.

3. On dashboard you get to see your own progress against each module.

4. In order to watch a specific lesson regarding any module, directly search it by entering the module name in the search field.

5. To browse a course, go to view courses.

6. You can view the progress reports of other users on View reports page, if admin provided you with the appropriate rights.

On the whole, Pan-academy is fully equipped to put the Panacea EHR on your fingertips.

EMR Use on Rise with PCPs

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by admin No Comments

There is an interesting article written on the www.healthcareitnews.com website regarding EHR use in the U.S. and how adoption is on the rise. The article cited a 2012 Commonhealth Fund survey which stated that 69 percent of primary care physicians in the U.S. reported using an EMR, compared to 46 percent in 2009. While adoption of electronic health record systems is up, the U.S. healthcare system continues to endure problems as far as affordability goes. 59 percent of responders reported that their patients often have trouble enduring healthcare costs. Compare that to Norway at 4 percent, the U.K. at 13 percent and Switzerland at 16 percent and it shows how far behind other developed nations the U.S. is in providing affordable healthcare to our patients. We as a nation also stand out in another negative unit, after-hour patient care. While 95 percent of U.K. doctors, 90 percent of doctors in New Zealand and 89 percent in Germany provide after-hour care options to their patients, U.S. doctors reported a lackluster 34 percent. Lastly, we also lag behind, along with Canada, in the usage of multi-functional capabilities in our electronic health record systems. 68 percent of U.K. practices and 60 percent of Australian practices said they had the capability to generate patient information such as medication lists provide decision support through their EHRs compared to 27 percent in the U.S. Clearly we can see we’ve come a long way in the last decade but we must also realize that Obamacare is just a first step in the adoption of first world healthcare practices and we must push forward to do more so we can achieve healthcare and healthcare affordability to the level of other first world countries.

EHR Vendor Promoting Standards based interoperability with Hospital Based vendors

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by admin No Comments

I recently read that an EHR vendor has taken steps to create interoperability standards that will allow its EHR systems to communicate with the larger players in the industry, namely Cerner and Epic. I definitely think this is a great step toward pushing the industry forward for the benefit of the nation’s patients. Large hospital systems should be the ones that smaller web-based electronic health record and client server EHR systems should talk to because they represent the hospital market. If government is having trouble promoting standards, than I must applaud the efforts of private vendors to take the lead on this most pressing issue for the Health IT industry and the nation’s healthcare system.

A question I had was why hasn’t there been a proliferation of these types of efforts sooner? If electronic health record vendors start banding together in partnerships that would be mutually beneficial, the whole nation can move faster toward a national HIE where EHRs can all speak to one another governed by one set of standards. I think the efforts of regional HIE’s has been noble and something all regions or states or cities should emulate, but we need something more impactful; something much more effective that can bring together so many disparate parties and disparate EHR systems. Web-based EHRs versus client server models may also be impacting the establishment of a mature, robust national HIE. Any ideas?

Changes from Meaningful Use Stage 1 to Stage 2

Posted on: October 30th, 2012 by admin 1 Comment


The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 criteria for eligible professionals. There are a number of changes from Stage 1 to Stage 2. There will now be 17 core objectives for Stage 2, instead of the 15 that were in Stage 1. The menu set objectives for Stage 2 are now reduced to six (instead of ten), and eligible professionals must select three (instead of five). Some of the other changes are described below:

Core Objectives
Implementing drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks are no longer a separate objective in Stage 2. This measure is incorporated into the Stage 2 Clinical Decision Support measure.

Maintaining an active medication list, maintaining active medication allergy lists, and maintaining an up-to-date problem list of current and active diagnoses are no longer separate objectives in Stage 2 either. These measures are incorporated into the stage 2 measure of Summary of Care Document at Transitions of Care and Referrals.

Reporting clinical quality measures (CQM) is no longer a separate objective for Stage 2, however providers must still submit CQMs to CMS or the States in order to achieve MU. In fact, beginning in 2014, all CQMs will need to be submitted electronically to CMS.

Capability to exchange key clinical information among providers of care and patient authorized entities electronically has been completely eliminated from Stage 2 and is actually eliminated from Stage 1 in 2013 as well.

Implementing drug-formulary checks is no longer a separate objective for Stage 2. Instead, it is included in the ePrescribing measure for Stage 2.

Providing patients with timely electronic access to their health information has been eliminated from Stage 2 and will also no longer be an objective from Stage 1 in 2014.

There is also a new core objective for stage 2 which requires eligible professionals to use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information for more than 5% of unique patients seen during the EHR reporting period.

Menu Objectives
There are five new menu objectives which are:

Recording electronic notes in patient records for more than 30% of unique patients.

Imaging results consisting of the image itself and any explanation or other accompanying information are to be made accessible through certified EHRs.

Recording patient family health history as structured data for more than 20% of unique patients seen during the EHR reporting period.

Successful ongoing submission of cancer case information and another specific case from certified EHRs to registries for the entire EHR reporting period.

Now this is just a high level synopsis of the Stage 2 changes. For more details and to get the most recent updates, please visit the CMS Stage 2 Website. You can also download a comparison table for Stage 1 and Stage 2 for eligible professionals or a quick tip sheet on changes to Stage 1.

EHR MU Stage 2 Compliance Race

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

Stage 2 meaningful use requirements for electronic health records system compliance can be set to be akin to a race to me. 2014 is the year that it begins and EHR vendors need to update their systems to meet these new requirements. The key aspect of these new rules is that they will require more patient engagement within the EHR through patient health record portals. I really like that patient portals will basically be a given when providers go shopping for EHR systems. The new standards require hospitals and individual “eligible providers” to offer 50 percent of their patient’s access to their own health records through a portal, up from 10 percent in Stage 1 according to Neil Versel of Healthcare IT News. Also, 5 percent of patients actually have to use the portal. This is great because web-based electronic health record systems like Panacea have a patient portal as part of its standard offering. Do you think the Stage 2 rules for meaningful use of EHR will help further patient engagement or is only a surface level thing?

Meaningful Use of EHR’s Should be More Meaningful

Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by admin No Comments

I read the other day about how Dr. Mostashari believes that the Meaningful Use of EHR’s should not just be limited to technology use but to use the data that comes out of the technology to make meaningful decisions. I definitely concur with the ONC Coordinator. I think that if you do have a system such as a web-based electronic health records system, it is easier to interact with the web and share data cross platform. Also, not only should the data be generated in one location, but should also be shared across an organization in a way that doesn’t require multiple doctors entering in multiple variables on blood pressure at multiple locations. I am glad that EHR’s such as Panacea, a web-based electronic health records system, allows for the storage of population health, syndromic information, as well as reporting on meaningful use metrics. In this way, EHRs will be utilized in a more meaningful way.

EHR’s and Improved Healthcare

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by admin No Comments

According to the The Journal for General Internal Medicine, cited in an article by Ken Terry of Health IT News, EHR (electronic health record) use by community doctors is actually related to an increased quality of healthcare delivery! This article actually blew me away because a study is actually correlating a link between use of technology like EHR and improved healthcare delivery. The main distinguishing factor was on using the EHR to order tests for their patients. As with most web-based EHR’s like Panacea™, a provider can set alerts based on a specific range of criteria. Whenever they see a patient with a specific condition, the EHR will flag the provider and instruct him/or her to order the test. Well, we now have a specific study (which Im sure is only another out of many that have been done before) that supports use and adoption of electronic health record technology. When used meaningfully, providers are even incentivized financially to use EHR’s through the EHR incentive program established by the government. So the question remains: why not use EHR’s if they are linked to improved healthcare delivery? Any thoughts?

The Case for Web-Based EHR

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

It dawned on me today how many expenses a small physician practice has to incur in the daily course of the month. Imagine if the same small practice doc is also forced to buy over ten thousand dollars worth of hardware and software for his EHR investment? I would not recommend such a burden.  What I would make the case for is investing in a web-based electronic health record product. With a web-based EHR, the following advantages just cannot be beaten:

  • Shorter implementation time
  • No need to purchase expensive hardware and or supporting software
  • Easier to Use
  • More affordable

EHRs such as Panacea™ from OA Systems, Inc. is one such web-based EHR that can ease the burden of the high costs of EHR acquisition. Also, one can net more meaningful use dollars from the government’s EHR Incentive Program under ARRA. Health IT like an EHR is much more fun and exciting to use when you’re not burdened by a bulky, client-server based system and instead, use a SaaS based system. Would you agree?