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Will Amazon be the catalyst for telemedicine finally taking off?

An exclusive interview with almost 25 year telemedicine pioneer (yes, telemedicine has really been around that long) C. Rich Abbruscato with insight into what no one else is admitting. EHRGuide:    Can you briefly tell me about your background? Rich:  …

Why Isn’t Telemedicine Achieving Cost Reductions?

Any discussion about cost savings to the health care sector should logically start by identifying the high cost areas. Then examine possibilities to reduce those costs. In the US, the first part is easy. It is estimated that 80% of health…

An Overview of the Most Notable EHR Awards in 2018

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Allscripts "satisfied" with Q1 & Practice Fusion now charging

Based on Allscript's recent Q1 earnings call, President Rick Poulton is "satisfied" with the Q1 results. While he was nudged on his choice of wording during the Q&A portion of the call, he didn't budge. With a slew of deals that were…

What is the skinny on Practice Fusion charging?

It had been reported by CNBC that Practice Fusion would have an announcement in March regarding their business model. This same report stated that current customers that have used Practice Fusion as a free EHR solution, will now be charged $100…
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White Paper: Integrating Telemedicine into EHRs

Why is it so hard to integrate telemedicine into EHRs? This white paper is a composition of a four part series of articles written by C. Rich Abbruscato in early 2018 that provides insight into just why so many organizations are struggling…

Why is it so Hard to Integrate Telemedicine into EHRs? Part 4

Part 4:  FHIR LIHT In Part 3, we tagged consumer home telemedicine as the simplest telemedicine-to-EHR application and therefore a good place to start. In this part, we’ll look at an integration scheme that will build on FHIR concepts and…

Why is it so Hard to Integrate Telemedicine into EHRs? Part 3

Part 3:  A 20/80 Approach to a Telemedicine-to-EHR Interface In Part 2 of this series, we gave some examples that showed the impact of having no standards and having complex standards in choice driven markets.  If a reasonable standard is…

Why is it so Hard to Integrate Telemedicine into EHRs? Part 2

Part 2: What not to do. In Part 1 of this series, we reviewed EHR systems and protocols of greatest concern to a telemedicine system seeking to pass clinical information to the EHR. That revealed the confounding situation where the least…
Integrate Telemedicine into EHRs

Why is it so Hard to Integrate Telemedicine into EHRs? Part 1

Part 1:  Which EHR? From a telemedicine vendor’s viewpoint, the first challenge to integration is “which EHR”? There are more than 1,000 implementations of EHRs and not all of them follow recognized standards such as HL7 v2, HL7 v3,…