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Welcome to the iSALUS Healthcare blog. Providing informative Healthcare IT insights to help Physicians practice medicine.

DSM-5: How it Affects Your EMR Documentation

DSM-5: How it Affects Your EMR Documentation

Medical providers, especially those that practice in mental & behavioral health, have lived and breathed the DSM-IV for nearly a decade. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the handbook used by health care professionals in the United States and much of the world as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. The DSM contains descriptions, symptoms, and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders.

Meaningful Use Stage 2

Meaningful Use Stage 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a final rule on August 23, 2012, that specifies the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare & Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.

Bi-Directional Lab Interfaces

Bi-Directional Lab Interfaces

OfficeEMR is now linked with two new laboratories - Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. and Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc.. Both lab interfaces are bi-directional, meaning electronic order requests are sent to the laboratory from OfficeEMR and electronic results are received in OfficeEMR from the laboratory.

Advantages to a Web-Based EMR Implementation

Advantages to a Web-Based EMR Implementation

The world as we know it is quickly migrating away from on-site management tools of every kind and adopting web-based software. You see this phenomenon, not only in big businesses, but in your everyday life. Thumb drives to store personal files are being replaced with tools like Dropbox® and Google Drive®. External hard drives used for computer backups are exchanged with services such as Carbonite®. Filing cabinets full of old receipts are being ditched for sophisticated tools like Mint®.