MACRA Rule Changes for 2018 Data

MACRA Rule Changes for 2018 Data

In the beginning of November, the CMS (The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) finalized their MACRA rules for reporting on data in 2018. The changes to these rules are affecting healthcare organizations across the nation as they are scrambling to get prepared. With less than 60 days til the first of 2018, healthcare clinics and practices are ensuring they have what they need for accurate reporting measurements.

The centralized faxing/scanning conundrum

The centralized faxing/scanning conundrum

The centralized vs. de-centralized faxing conundrum seems to be a topic with every healthcare organization we encounter.

In theory, centralizing your incoming documents seems like a grand idea. You have a core group of people who do things consistently, know the documents and are managed by a single department.

How to Help Your Clinicians Find What They Need in the EMR

How to Help Your Clinicians Find What They Need in the EMR

I’m not an “EMR historian”, but my general understanding is that the EMR has and continues to evolve. When it first came to be, the EMR was an electronic replacement of the paper record.

What’s So New About CHR?

What’s So New About CHR?

The leading voices in healthcare are talking about the next big thing on the horizon. That would be CHR (Comprehensive Health Record). But what about the unfinished business that still exists for healthcare records? How do you incorporate the data from incoming external documents that bog down clinics and hospitals? This data comes from faxes, paper, and scanning workflows.

Making Your ‘EHR' More ‘E’

Making Your ‘EHR' More ‘E’

For many years, healthcare organizations all over the country have been transitioning from paper charts to electronic health records. From large hospitals to small clinics, almost everyone has adopted an EHR system to manage the care of their patient population. The shift to an electronic record comes with a number of benefits: increased speed of diagnosis, easier collaboration among care teams, better trending of vitals and test results. One big misconception of this transition is that paper charts and documents are a thing of the past and are no longer a concern.

CMS Innovations: Improvement or Same old, Same old?

CMS Innovations: Improvement or Same old, Same old?

On Wednesday, September 20, the CMS published an RFI requesting feedback "on a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes." Wait. That sounds very familiar, doesn't it? Isn't this what the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, PQRS, MIPS, and a number of other initiatives have tried (or are still trying) to accomplish?

AHIMA Brings Fresh Healthcare Innovation

AHIMA Brings Fresh Healthcare Innovation

The 2017 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit came and went last week. The diverse crowd of junior and senior members of the HIM community coming together is inspiring to see. Spending time sharing ideas and best practices and as the slogan goes, “to inspire, innovate, and lead!”

Is Your Doctor Too Busy For You?

Is Your Doctor Too Busy For You?

Are your doctor visits too short?

Do you find yourself waiting at the doctor’s office forever for your appointment?

I have enough time to catch up on my emails and page through several magazines before the nurse comes to get me.

Extract and the Chinese Parable

Extract and the Chinese Parable

There is a Chinese parable about the farmer who had a horse. One day, the horse ran off. That was bad. A couple days later, the horse came back and brought with it three wild horses. That was good.

Top 5 Telemedicine Solutions Bringing Patients and Doctors Closer to Each Other.

Top 5 Telemedicine Solutions Bringing Patients and Doctors Closer to Each Other.

Patients feel that they aren’t getting quality care from their physicians. They are being incorrectly diagnosed because they simply aren’t getting more than 15-minutes with their physicians. Their questions aren’t being answered, but instead being directed towards nurses. Patients are feeling more and more like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, on a journey to the Emerald City to find the Wizard and ask the for help.

Your care is only as good as your EMR/EHR allows you to be

Your care is only as good as your EMR/EHR allows you to be

Physician burnout is at an extremely high rate. Doctors and nurses everywhere are expected to keep up with management changes, new hospital mandates, technology in procedures, all the while keeping their clinical care first-class. I’ve read countless articles about predictions that the burnout rate will rise

Integrating with Epic

Integrating with Epic

Epic is located in Madison and so are we.

Because our headquarters are in Madison, WI and many of our valuable customers are also Epic clients, we cannot help but notice when Epic has one of its major user events (UGM and XGM). Known by the “outside world” mostly for their fun and wild themes, and enjoyed by the non-invited at the “after parties” throughout the city, they are famous for filling up all the hotels and bringing a bit of chaos to our incredible city.

Extract is on your critical path toward HIMSS Stage 7

Extract is on your critical path toward HIMSS Stage 7

Recent conversations with HIM folks have lead me to take a closer look at the requirements for Stage 7.  We want to be on the critical path helping to achieve the highest healthcare standards and as it turns out, we are on that path.

Simplify your workflows

Simplify your workflows

Are you looking for an incoming fax solution?

Maybe you haven't heard. Our platform can solve problems you've been awaiting answers for! We can reduce FTE's, reduce the amount of time it takes to get faxes and results into the EMR, and reduce data entry errors.

Extract Systems Platform - Orders Matching Module

Extract Systems Platform - Orders Matching Module

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We are looking at a typical lab result document. In this lab document, what is needed here is a medical record number or MRN, which you can see the missing number here. And, we need a list of orders.

Extract Systems Platform Release, Version 10.6 Features

If you’ve been following Ellen Bzomowski’s blog “The Benefits of an Enterprise-wide Fax/Scan Handling Solution in Healthcare”, you may not be surprised to hear our just-released version 10.6 adds features to streamline enterprise-wide deployments.

If you haven't read the blog, read Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

There’s a lot of technological mumbo-jumbo behind these features, but what you really need to know is this:

The Extract Systems platform can now easily be deployed for use across a wide-range of departments and clinics using a single server installation and database.

Each department or clinic can use their own custom workflow that acts independently from all the others, while their documents and data are maintained as part of a larger Extract Systems ecosystem. This makes administrative tasks such as spinning up new departments a snap, and makes available comprehensive data for tracking, reporting and analysis of scans and faxes from across the entire organization.

That is just one of the many new features and enhancements in version 10.6. Several others play into successful enterprise-wide deployments in the healthcare space, but version 10.6 has benefits for virtually everyone including:

  •  A RESTful web API to allow much easier integrations with third party document management systems or processes.
  • Enhancements to our engine and its machine learning capabilities to enable more accurate results in a wider range of situations.
  • Improved accuracy reporting by allowing capture statistics to be broken down in virtually any imaginable way and allowing better customization of the results format.
  • Improved scalability of our engine; while we have long been able to use multiple CPU cores to process multiple documents, 10.6 allows multiple CPU cores to be devoted to processing a single document faster. This is particularly useful in reducing the time it takes to process a large document.
  • Automatic rotation of document pages that were scanned sideways or upside down. Among other things, this ensures documents routed into a document management system or EMR are more readily consumed when needed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: STEVE KURTH

Steve Kurth is the Software Development Manager at Extract. With 15 years of experience, Steve is an expert in the design, development and testing of primarily Windows-based enterprise software. Steve is always eager to find creative software solutions for complex customer requests.

The Benefits of an Enterprise-wide Fax/Scan Handling Solution in Healthcare - Part Three

The Benefits of an Enterprise-wide Fax/Scan Handling Solution in Healthcare - Part Three

The benefits of an Enterprise-wide fax/scan handling solution in healthcare is part three of a series. If you haven't read Part One and Part Two, read them now! While the benefits listed in our previous posts of this series can increase efficiency, a truly good enterprise fax and scanned document handling solution is one that can automate as much of the process as possible. 

The Benefits of an Enterprise-wide Fax/Scan Handling Solution in Healthcare - Part Two

The Benefits of an Enterprise-wide Fax/Scan Handling Solution in Healthcare - Part Two

Leveraging Existing Investments

Your organization has likely invested in an EMR (electronic medical record), possibly a document management system (DMS) and likely in a security infrastructure that defines who has access to which areas of your network

The Benefits of an Enterprise-wide Fax/Scan Handling Solution in Healthcare-Part One

The Benefits of an Enterprise-wide Fax/Scan Handling Solution in Healthcare-Part One

Healthcare continues to be overwhelmed with incoming faxes and scanned documents. It burdens administrative staff and clinicians alike.