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Buying an EMR in 2011? Watch Microsoft Health Tech Today

Buying an EMR in 2011? Watch Microsoft Health Tech Today

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Buying an EMR for your medical practice isn’t a decision to be taken lightly.  Some docs get hung up on the price of the software, opting for the lowest-priced solution on the market.  That can be a costly mistake since the price of acquiring the software is likely to be the least expensive aspect of your medical practice going digital.  What is more important to consider is the cost of implementing and maintaining your new digital practice.  Will it be difficult to learn how to use the new software?  How much of an impact will there be on your productivity and that of your staff?  How much will the software change your office workflow?  What happens if the software or hardware malfunctions?  And what about meaningful use?  Will your new EMR qualify for federal HITECH Act stimulus dollars?

imageimageThis week on Microsoft Health Tech Today I am joined by Mike Sappington, the CEO of gloStream.  gloStream is an EMR company based in Michigan that claims its solution, once implemented, has never been de-installed by a medical practice.  With a focus on small to medium-sized physician practices, gloStream has been enjoying considerable success due in part to the company’s partnership with Microsoft.  At the heart of gloStream’s gloEMR solution is Microsoft Office Word.  By relying on Word for documentation, gloStream has managed to solve one of the more vexing problems for EMR users—finding an EMR solution that is intuitive and therefore easier for doctors and office staff to learn how to use.

If you plan to buy an EMR in 2011, be sure to catch this week’s episode of Microsoft Health Tech Today to find out more about gloStream and gloEMR.  The show will premier on Tuesday, January 4th.  Here is a short promo for the show.

gloStream EMR on Microsoft Health Tech Today

Please “tune in” each week for a new episode of Health Tech Today.  And remember, you can watch all of our shows from this season and last, anytime and on-demand by navigating through the menu on our show player.  Microsoft Health Tech Today is the only weekly video series on the web at the intersection of health and information technology.

Bill Crounse, MD            Senior Director, Worldwide Health               Microsoft

  • Great partnerships! But none of them seem to involve the consumer.  After all, it is the consumer who is spearheading eHealth applications.  I love your vision! However, what happens when healthcare professionals access information?  Data overload! With such little time to view quantum amounts of data, now is the time to embrace "Data Mining" concepts.  I used to think, "what about the future?" The technology exists, today, to put in place a "Knowledge Management System" which will satisfy the consumer's desire to become more active in their personal healthcare decisions, and well-being.  This can be accomplished by using what is called "Pattern-Identification", which detects associations between certain risk factors and outcomes, even treatment protocols! Can you imagine being able to limit or eliminate healthcare disparities such as medical and cultural literacy?  According to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Quality of Healthcare in America, as early as 2001, sixty-percent of UK citizens and fifty percent of US citizens reported having at least one chronic illness and this percentage is growing, today.  Michael Christopher Gibbons, MD, at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland, and a leading authority on "Populomics" even suggests the need for the healthcare system to improve its own understanding and responsiveness to "nonmedical" communications and socioenvironmental factors.  He stressed the potential impact of technology on health care and disparities should neither be overlooked nor underestimated.  

  • Here is an interesting post about the relationship of meaningful use, HIPAA and the Risk Analysis requirement. It will interesting to see to what extent the Risk Analysis requirement for meaningful use becomes a hurdle to receiving ARRA incentive money.

    <A HREF="wp.me/pymfm-tA">Meaningful use risk analysis</A>

  • Willard,

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.  I'd be the first to admit that there is much more to the modernization of health information than the EMR alone.  Digitizing information is just the first step, it's what you do next that counts.  Microsoft is deeply involved in all facets of the evolution of the health industry with solutions that range from HealthVault for consumers to Amalga for enterprise customers.  We specialize in software that enables communication and collaboration between and among caregivers and patients, and tools that provide a rich array of solutions that help turn health data into information upon which decisions can be made.

    Stay tuned, and thanks again for your comment.

    Bill Crounse, MD

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