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EHR Implementation: 3 Planning Considerations

Posted by The HCI Group on January 17, 2017 at 4:26 PM

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EHR Implementation: 3 Planning Considerations

Healthcare facilities that are considering replacing their current health record with an EHR know that it can be a complex process before reaching the goals they set out at the beginning of their project. Implementing an EHR can lead to an increase in revenue, ease of use for physicians, and an overall increase in patient care. It is important, however, that healthcare organizations be prepared for the challenges that go hand-in-hand with an EHR implementation project.

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Topics: EHR Implementation

(Healthcare IT Podcast) Epic Community Connect: Preparation, Leadership, and Marketing ft. Scott Jacobs

Posted by The HCI Group on January 16, 2017 at 5:28 AM

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(Healthcare IT Podcast) Epic Community Connect: Preparation, Leadership, and Marketing ft. Scott Jacobs

For the 13th episode of our Monday Morning Healthcare IT Podcast Series, Tom sits down with our VP of Community Outreach Services, Scott Jacobs. Tom and Scott discuss Epic Community Connect, covering topics such as why organizations are turning to Epic Community Connect, how organizations can prepare for Epic Community Connect, the role of leadership in outreach programs like Community Connect, and how to market your Community Connect program.

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Topics: Epic Community Connect, Podcast Series

See You at HIMSS17!

Posted by The HCI Group on January 14, 2017 at 11:41 AM

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See You at HIMSS17!

The 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition is scheduled to take place in Orlando, from February 19-23. This conference is a unique chance to meet over 40,000 healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, and executives from across the globe.

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Topics: HIMSS

MACRA: 3 Vital Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted by The HCI Group on January 12, 2017 at 11:42 AM

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MACRA: 3 Vital Questions to Ask Yourself

Since going into effect on January 1, 2017, MACRA has been a topic of interest in the healthcare field. MACRA, or, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, is a set of requirements from CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) that is designed to move healthcare for Medicare patients from volume to value through new weights and measures. The goal is to reward providers for giving better care to their patients, but many healthcare facilities are unaware of the new rules – which can lead to organizations being hit with negative payments, and can result in reductions to their medicare reimbursements from CMS.

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Topics: MACRA

(Healthcare IT Podcast) EHR Training: Best Methods for Ongoing New Hire Training

Posted by The HCI Group on January 9, 2017 at 5:22 AM

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(Healthcare IT Podcast) EHR Training: Best Methods for Ongoing New Hire Training

For the 12th episode of our Monday Morning Healthcare IT Podcast Series, Tom is joined by Shantra Moore, Jason Huckabay and Stephen Tokarz, HCIs Director of Training and Activation, and Senior Vice Presidents of Operational Delivery, respectively. They discuss two of the newer, more unconventional methods of ongoing new hire EHR Training: on-the-floor training and eLearning. In addition, they cover cost considerations for both, why outside resources are so beneficial to their success, and advice for organizations who are preparing to conduct ongoing new hire training.

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Topics: EHR Training, Podcast Series

What is MACRA and What Does it Mean for Me?

Posted by The HCI Group on January 5, 2017 at 3:43 PM

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What is MACRA and What Does it Mean for Me?

With MACRA having recently gone into effect, organization’s should be prepared and equipped with an understanding of both what it is, as well as what it will mean for their unique health system. Without this information, healthcare facilities could stand to face several financial penalties.

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Topics: MACRA

EHR Implementation: 3 Overlooked Areas During the Design & Build

Posted by The HCI Group on January 4, 2017 at 1:57 PM

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EHR Implementation: 3 Overlooked Areas During the Design & Build

Over the last decade, there has been an upward trend in hospitals forming partnerships and merging into larger hospital organizations.  According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), there are 5,627 U.S. Registered Hospitals.  Of those, 4,802 are Community Hospitals in a System or Network.  Community hospitals are defined as all nonfederal, short-term general, and other special hospitals. In today’s blog post, Cindy Klukas, an Epic Consultant for HCI, covers three areas that go into implementing an EHR for hospital systems and networks.

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Topics: EHR Implementation

Top 10 Most Popular EHR Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by The HCI Group on December 27, 2016 at 9:13 AM

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Top 10 Most Popular EHR Blog Posts of 2016

The year 2016 was one of growth for us here at The HCI Group. From the inception of our Healthcare IT Blog in August of 2013, up to the end of 2015, we had published nearly 100 different articles on Healthcare IT. In just 2016 alone, we reached that same number — including the launch of our Healthcare IT Podcast Series IT Podcast Series.

We would like to say thank you to all who have subscribed to our blog and our podcast, and that we can't wait to keep providing you with the best content that the Healthcare IT industry has to offer.

Before moving forward to 2017, however, we pause to take a look back at the posts that you, our subscribers, found the most value in during the year that was.

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Topics: Epic, EHR Implementation, Cerner, Epic Upgrade, Training, EMR, ERP, Go-Live Support, HIMSS Analytics, Epic Certified

Our Most Popular Cerner Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by The HCI Group on December 20, 2016 at 11:50 AM

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Our Most Popular Cerner Blog Posts of 2016

Being one of the most popular EHRs in the world, it is no surprise that the posts we created having to deal with Cerner were some of our most viewed in 2016. Here were three of our best:

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Topics: Cerner, Training, Go-Live Support, Clinical Service Desk, Best of Series

Cyber Security: Handling Insider and Outsider Threats (Part 2)

Posted by The HCI Group on December 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Cyber Security: Handling Insider and Outsider Threats (Part 2)

In part one of our series on cyber security, Ryan McDaniel discussed its importance, some examples, and the flaws of some traditional methods of breach prevention. In part two, he will go into detail on User Behavioral Analytics (UBA), and why it can be such a huge benefit to preventing a breach of your information.

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Topics: Cyber Security

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