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 26, 2015
Carl Natale

Is your EHR helping or hurting your ICD-10 transition?

Sometimes when someone gets angry about my ICD-10 advocacy, they drag the electronic health record into the argument. The EHR they use already is frustrating and time consuming. ICD-10 complexity will make it worse.
October 11, 2014
Carl Natale

Is the ICD-10 transition is going to hurt physicians more than vendors?

It's fair to wonder if the federal government is going to postpone ICD-10 implementation again. Considering the history of ICD-10 delays, it's not hard to imagine another one. Even if we are...
October 08, 2014
Carl Natale

How did your ICD-10 vendor answer the WEDI survey?

When the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) surveyed healthcare organizations, 87 vendors responded. Did any of your vendors take part? Those 87 healthcare vendors offer:...
August 05, 2014
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Outsourcing: What does the right healthcare vendor look like?

Last week, Black Book Rankings released a survey showing hospitals planning to outsource ICD-10. Which sounds smart. Some hospitals don't have the time to get up to speed on ICD-10 implementation. So...
June 25, 2014
Carl Natale

How can you tell your healthcare vendors will be ready for Oct. 1, 2015?

Now that the federal government has given the healthcare industry an extra year to be ready for ICD-10 implementation, there shouldn't be any excuses. So it's safe to assume healthcare vendors will...
February 19, 2014
Carl Natale

ICD-10 Testing: To be taken internally only

Before you can start end-to-end testing with your trading partners, you have to make sure your end of ICD-10 coding works. The American Medical Association (AMA) has done a nice job of explaining...
January 29, 2014
Carl Natale

How to talk to your healthcare vendors about the ICD-10 transition

It's pretty basic. You need to understand how healthcare vendors can help you achieve ICD-10 compliance by Oct. 1. And how much it's going to cost. The  American Medical Association (AMA) has some...
December 25, 2013
Carl Natale

Guest Post: Five best practices for ensuring your EHR is ICD-10 ready

Healthcare providers are in for a wild ride in 2014. On the heels of the major healthcare reform provisions that are set to kick in, practitioners are staring down a major industry renovation in the...