Health IT

Data-driven health care: Who it will benefit, and how

September 01, 2012

Early adopters of health information technology have been creating electronic health records for over 10 years. With the creation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and its incentives, the pace of clinical data accumulation is accelerating.

What is cloud computing, and how can it help your urology practice?

August 01, 2012

Storing data remotely allows for access from anywhere using the Internet, so, for example, a cloud-based EMR allows urologists in your practice to access and update charts from home or on the road using a smartphone or tablet.

What are your favorite smartphone apps, and do you use any specific to urology?

August 01, 2012

Urologists use apps on phones and tablets for the benefit of patients and their own convenience.

'Meaningful use' of an EHR system: How to achieve it in your urology practice

February 01, 2012

This article defines meaningful use, lists the elements necessary to qualify for those elusive meaningful use incentives, and helps you decide whether and when your practice might want to engage in the process of EHR implementation.

Electronic medical record modification allows for automated data retrieval

October 01, 2011

Urologists at Cleveland Clinic have undertaken a pilot program involving modification of a commercial electronic medical record (EMR) system to facilitate clinical research and clinical practice outcomes analysis in a way that overcomes the obstacles presented by the record-keeping technology.

Urology EMR provider files lawsuit against competitor

September 01, 2011

meridianEMR announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Intuitive Medical Software, the developer and marketer of UroChartEHR software, in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Organized medicine urges CMS to change e-prescribing penalties

August 11, 2011

The American Medical Association and 91 state and specialty medical societies, including the AUA, recently submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the proposed changes to the electronic prescribing penalty program.

Do you ever read or take part in urology-related blogs?

June 01, 2011

Urologists say they don't have time to participate in blogs, but some do embrace the medium.

Are you engaging with your urology patients electronically?

May 15, 2011

Web-based communication has become increasingly important for creating a more effective patient experience.

Urologists tread slowly into social networking waters

May 01, 2011

Some urologists have started experimenting with social media due to patient demand. Others are taking a wait-and-see approach while weighing the benefits and possible drawbacks.