Electronic heath records (EHRs) and other forms of health information technology have the potential to significantly improve care delivery and patient outcomes. But that can’t happen until the technology becomes more user-friendly and patient-focused than it is today.
Medical Economics put questions about EHRs to experts and consultants in the field of health information technology. Their answers fall into two broad, interrelated categories: The products themselves, and the ways they are purchased and used. Read the results of our EHR survey.
The fight against the pressures facing independent primary care practices can take many forms. For some, it has meant joining forces with other practices to attain the benefits that come with size without sacrificing their day-to-day autonomy. Others are taking a different route—minimizing the bureaucratic obstacles to practicing medicine by adopting direct pay practice models.
Population health management holds great potential for improving healthcare and lowering costs, but obstacles still need to be overcome is the takeaway from a panel of healthcare experts in a Google hangout videoconference.
Owning a primary care practice has rarely—if ever—been more challenging than it is today. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. In this and the following issue of Medical Economics, we present physicians and practices that are beating the odds by fighting back. They are overcoming the obstacles to success and practicing medicine the way they want to. We hope their examples inspire you to fight back too.