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Seeking Pediatric EHR Insight

Update: We’ve received an overwhelming response to this market survey so we are no longer looking for more input!  I’ll be back soon with the results. There is a problem in pediatrics today… …and we continue to try to solve it. We’re looking for your guidance. PCC spends a lot of time speaking with clients. …

EHR Impact On Time In Primary Care

A few weeks ago, we encouraged you to complete a survey hosted by Physicians’ Alliance.  The goal was to look into the great EHR skeleton-in-the-closet issue: how much extra time has your EHR taken from your day?  I have a survey over there on the right which indicates a significant number of practices are spending …

SNOMED and the administrative future of medicine…

Editorial time, it has been awhile. A story about a stick and a carrot. And how they will affect the practice of medicine in the US. Let me start by introducing SNOMED. SNOMED, by it’s own description, is “the most comprehensive, multilingual clinical healthcare terminology in the world.” In layperson’s terms, SNOMED is a structured …

Top 100 EHRs According to Medical Economics

Let’s get the link out of the way first: Medical Economics unveils its exclusive list of the Top 100 electronic health record (EHR) systems. It’s an interesting list and we, to my pleasant surprise, are on it (while many of the Usual Suspects we compete against are not).  Why am I surprised?  Because being pediatric …

Toolkit for the Follow-up Care of the Premature Infant

Whether or not you have an EHR, having consistent clinical protocols is vital.  I am a fan of the oft-misunderstood Bright Futures, myself, but even BF doesn’t cover everything.  One missing piece of the puzzle was filled about a year ago when MedImmune, in collaboration with NICHQ,  unveiled what I call the “Preemie Toolkit.”  Acually, that’s …

Pediatrics Face Unique Set of EMR Challenges

Sometimes, other people ask me questions and sometimes they then even publish what I say.  Here is a piece about the unique demands of pediatricians have with EHRs over on the EMR and EHR blog.  They ran my email exchange with them verbatim – I always wish I’d said something else in retrospect, but please …

PCC Passes ONC-ATCB Certification

I usually don’t talk much about PCC’s actual “business” here, but I can’t help myself today. Although we’ve known for a little while, it’s official now: PCC has passed ARRA certification!  Woohoo! I wanted to throw an image of the certified seal up here, but I didn’t want the Gods of ONC to come down …

The Latest CCHIT and ARRA Conversation

As many of you know, I am on the CCHIT Child Health Workgroup, which has been both a delight and an exercise in futility.  The focus and capability of the folks on that committee is intimidating, to say the least…but, sadly, we have not met since last September, if I have my dates right.  Everyone – …

Alternative Growth Charts and EHRs

I remember, quite clearly, the CCHIT committee conference call where I learned the truth.  “I’m sure there are sources for alternative growth charts.  I’ve seen them with my own eyes,” I said as Dr. Marcus tried to convince me otherwise  I couldn’t believe that the well-known, non-standard growth charts – for Downs children, preemies, etc. …

What Is Your Time Worth?

Check out my new favorite toy: What’s More Profitable: Demonstrating Meaningful Use or Managing Your Productivity? The good folks over at SRSsoft, whose CEO Evan Steele is one of the few people in HIT telling the truth, pointed me to their Productivity Calculator tool.  I think this should be the first step anyone takes towards purchasing an …