Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records

Critical features for practice management.

By Stefan Young, OD

The use of electronic health records (EHRs) has surpassed electronic medical records (EMRs) in many health care offices—especially regarding features critical to good practice management. Simple EMRs typically only consist of digital documentation of your record for a given patient. Electronic health records have the capability to be multidisciplinary. For me, as an optometrist working in a hospital setting, this is a very exciting development. Formerly it was a tedious chore obtaining lab results, verifying pertinent medical history, medications, and co-managing with other specialists. EHRs make these and other tasks simpler, faster, and easier.

Mindfulness

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How to begin, and begin again.

By Daphne R. Scott

By 2014, the concept of mindfulness began to hit mainstream. Who doesn’t want to be “mindful”? The promises of less stress and getting more out of life seem to be the ground in which mindfulness rooted itself in our modern world. Utilization among business leaders quickly propelled the use of mindfulness to the top of effective business practices.

Master Your Craft

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Lead in the health care marketplace with innovation, technology, and goal setting.

By Swathi Young, CEO, Technotch Solutions*

The U.S. health care industry is growing at an exponential rate and is projected to reach $5.5 trillion by 2025, according to a report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). Physician and clinical services constitute over 20 percent of this projection.1 This leads to an important question: Does this economic growth indicate improvement in the quality of patient care?

Finding the Right Fit

Steps to hiring the right person for your private practice clinic.

By Arun Mallikarjunan*

I am sure every business owner remembers the day when they had to hire somebody to keep up with an increase in customer inflow. It is a great feeling, one that I can personally attest to. I also remember the feeling of dread that quickly followed. I have to make sure the right candidates find me, then sift through the applicants and hire the right person. Finally, how do I make sure the new person is going to be as committed to helping my business as my current team? I don’t want someone good who will leave after we have spent a lot of energy training them.

A Matrix Approach

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Tools for Leading the Team in Implementing Change

By Jean Darling, PT, DPT

At times, change is required in a company for the good of the whole. If this is the case, why do we struggle sometimes to lead our team in the direction of change and other times we look like a rock star? Employers and owners can choose from lots of tools when they want to encourage employees to work together toward a new corporate goal. One of the rarest managerial skills is the ability to understand which tools will work in a given situation and which will misfire. Knowledge is not ability, although it’s easy to confuse the two. You can think of knowledge as the body of information while ability is the competence to apply the knowledge. In this sense, you can see the direction a company may need to go, but the path to get there, with your employees in tow or leading the way, may not be easy.

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