February 15, 2017
Carl Natale

'Copy-and-paste' reveals a failure of EHR technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has created a bit of a stir with its study, "Examining the Copy and Paste Function in the Use of Electronic Health Records." The study concludes that clinicians are copying data from one electronic source and pasting it into electronic health records (EHRs).
August 31, 2016
Carl Natale

Improve ICD-10 coding with the right EHR

When the U.S. healthcare system moved to ICD-10 coding, some physicians complained that the new codes made it harder to do their jobs. Often they cited multiple pull-down menus that took too much time.
August 08, 2016
Carl Natale

Diagnosing what ails ICD-10 coding

Up to last year, there was no shortage of dire predictions of what will go wrong once U.S. healthcare implements ICD-10-CM/PCS coding.
June 14, 2016
Carl Natale

Broken tech promises put ICD-10 concerns on the backburner

If you're looking for signs that ICD-10 implementation is the worst thing to happen to physicians since malpractice litigation, you won't get any help from James L. Madara, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA).
October 31, 2012
Carl Natale

How to fit EHRs into your ICD-10 transition

When planning your ICD-10 transition, it's important to know that electronic health records (EHR) can help healthcare providers code more efficiently. Look for efficiencies gained by: Allowing...
July 31, 2012
Carl Natale

ICD-10 implementation could force more change than expected

When I write about ICD-10 being part of a bigger picture, it's usually in the context of provider-payer reimbursement models. But there's a different way that ICD-10 implementation is going to...
April 26, 2012
Carl Natale

Time to consider ICD-10 implementation and meaningful use integration again

Let's talk about integrating meaningful use and ICD-10 implementation. Last year I wondered why healthcare providers weren't combining the two projects to realize some savings. It boiled down to...
February 14, 2012
Carl Natale

HIT Careers: Where to find opportunities in ICD-10 implementation

Medical coders won't be the only healthcare professionals who will benefit from ICD- 10 implementation. The complexity and reach of the transition will create opportunities for many healthcare...
February 09, 2012
Carl Natale

Survey says medical practices take ICD-10 very seriously

A vendor's survey reports medical practices are taking ICD-10 implementation seriously and plan to upgrade their IT equipment and systems. Vitera Healthcare Solutions, a electronic health records...
January 05, 2012
Carl Natale

Survey Says: Healthcare payers slow to start ICD-10 planning, replace old IT systems

While the ICD-10 transition may create challenges for healthcare organizations, healthcare payers may have to address bigger problems. HealthEdge, a Burlington, Mass.-based developer of management...