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Dictation and EMR's: A Winning Combination
Congressional Budget Office forecasts predict that approximately 90 percent of physicians will be using health IT, which includes EMR's, by 2019 as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

But according to a recently published white paper from the AC Group, a healthcare technology consultancy in Montgomery, Texas, it can take a physician an average of 140 minutes per day to fill EMR's using standard data entry.  That adds up to hundreds of hours per year of additional tedium for the physician, whose time is clearly better spent seeing patients.

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Transcription Gone High-Tech
Beware the Chair
Sadly, I recently discovered my chair is my enemy.  And this revelation is after we’ve spent so much quality time together.  I feel betrayed.  Check out this infographic from the medical billing and coder’s web site: -- scary stuff.   We transcriptionists are in the very same “sit-uation.”

Though no one is suggesting that we should stop exercising, ongoing research is showing it doesn’t truly matter if a person runs every morning and is a regular at the gym if the rest of the day is spent sitting.  With prolonged sitting - in the car, the office chair, on the sofa at home - there is an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, other noxious ailments and even an early death.  It appears that in spite of whether we exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods will overrule that virtue and get us in the end.  And the belly. 

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A Physician-Friendly Approach to EMR's
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and Loyola University Health System, both based in Chicago, represent two of the largest and most prestigious medical groups in the Midwest. Together, the organizations employ more than 2,300 physicians and residents who bring the cutting-edge research of a leading academic institution to the care they provide.

Like many healthcare organizations in recent years, Northwestern and Loyola have adopted electronic medical records (EMRs) as a way to streamline their documentation process. However, converting to EMRs without disrupting physician workflow presented a unique challenge, given that many doctors prefer dictating patient notes orally as opposed to entering information manually into a computer. For both health systems, the solution came in the form of EMR integration from Emdat Inc., a provider of web-based transcription management software.

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Check out our DTI newsletter.  In this issue there are articles on cleaning up your hard drive, the dictation to transcription process, EMR's and narrative insert as well as info on the new app for the iPhone.

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Electronic medical records (EMRs) aim to improve patient care and reduce costs while complying with Meaningful Use guidelines.  However, most EMRs require doctors to enter patient data directly into the computer, system, oftentimes causing a drop in physician productivity and, consequently, facility revenues.

Medical facilities want to make the best operational choices for their physicians, patients and bottom line. Therefore, let’s compare the options for populating an EMR.  

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How to Beat the Heat
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit within minutes. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill in minutes.

Drink plenty of water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you don't feel thirsty. Injury and death can occur from dehydration, which can happen quickly and unnoticed. Symptoms of dehydration are often confused with other causes. Your body needs water to keep cool. Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies.

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