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.

Initial registration reveals strong interest in EHR incentives

March 10, 2011

More than 21,000 health care providers initiated registration for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in January, and four states reported initial Medicaid incentive payments totaling more than $20 million, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported.

Telemedicine: Closing the gap in long-distance care for urologists

October 01, 2010

Peter Bretan, MD, a urologist in private practice in Novato, CA, is the sole urologist for a company specializing in telemedicine-in this case, the use of robots to connect with computers at great distance from the bedside of the patient.

Staffing: How will new technologies affect your need for personnel?

August 01, 2010

For busy clinicians, new technologies promise savings in time as well as costs?in theory. But in practice, is this actually true? The jury is still out.

E-mailing your patients: The dos and don'ts

July 01, 2010

With more and more doctors making use of e-mail, it is important to learn proper etiquette when communicating with patients.

EHRs offer significant medicolegal benefits-and risks

June 01, 2010

Along with their ability to standardize and improve record keeping and communication, EHRs also have medicolegal implications, both benefits and possible drawbacks.

Is it time for urologists to get on board with social networking?

June 01, 2010

In the Internet Age, it's all about making sure that Google ranks you on page one in position one.

EHR meaningful use: Do your research now

June 01, 2010

There's lot to think about when it comes to adopting an electronic health record system.

Social networking poses communications, marketing challenges

April 07, 2010

Should a physician send his or her patients a "friend request" on Facebook? Social networking poses new challenges with new rules for doctors and other professionals who embrace it.

Speak Out: What kind of technology or software would you recommend to your colleagues?

April 01, 2010

Urologists share the software and technology they would most recommend to colleagues.

A urology practice Web site that shines: 'DIY' or outsource?

March 01, 2010

When it comes to making a good first impression on patients, one area that should not be overlooked is your practice's Web site.