East River Medical to Implement Benchmark Solutions Practice Management Software Solutions

East River Medical to Implement Benchmark Solutions Practice Management Software Solutions     AntWorks Inc. announced at the beginning of February that it has been selected to provide practice management software and support solutions to East River Medical in Bluefield, WV. “We couldn’t be more pleased that East River Medical has chosen to partner with AntWorks. Their selection process focused on depth of services and proper level of support that they would receive using our systems,” said Beth Koss, president of AntWorks. AntWorks provides Internet-based electronic medical records, but also a selection of fully integrated solutions for medical practices such as appointment and billing software. By using a combined EMR and practice management software, East River Medical will be able to both increase operational efficiency and enhance its clinical care, Koss said. “This will give them all the tools to increase revenue while simultaneously improving patient care,” he added. Koss explained that this would be made possible by the software’s ability to automate many business functions, the increased financial visibility it facilitates, and the statistical reporting tools that are built in. The software reduces the number of days it takes to clear accounts receivable, substantiates past claims, documents care levels for insurance companies, and makes it easy to provide patients with easy-to-read and detailed account statements. Koss said that her company also takes great pride in offering superior ongoing support for the businesses that choose their software, and is glad that East River Medical recognized the value of those services. “They understood that low pricing and no-service vendor offerings are enticing, but never truly fulfill a practice’s workflow needs,”...

EHR Solutions Shown to Boost HPV Vaccination Rates in New Study

Electronic Health Records Shown to Boost HPV Vaccination Rates in New Study   There can be little debate these days over whether electronic health records or electronic medical records are part of the future of medicine. It’s hard to gather up-to-the-moment data, but we know that as of 2001, only 18% of office-based physicians used EHR or EMR software; as of 2011, that figure had risen to 55%, and by 2013, it was at 78%. Basic EHR adoption went up 21% between 2012 and 2013 alone. The debate, now, is what exactly medical software companies should be focusing on in terms of the capabilities of these EHRs, and how they can be tied into other medical software systems for better overall efficiency and patient health. What might those changes look like in practice? One recent study looking at HPV vaccination rates provides a perfect example of how the various features incorporated into EHRs by medical software companies can make a difference.         Study Details A study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine this month wanted to see how different EHR systems could be used to affect vaccination rates for human papillomavirus, or HPV. For the study, the research team divided 15,000 patients into two groups. Half of those patients were treated by healthcare providers whose EHRs included alerts about HPV vaccination opportunities; the other half were treated by providers whose EHRs did not include that function.   Study Findings It appears that the alerts were extremely successful in improving vaccination rates. The patients of providers receiving alerts were more likely both...