Category: EHR | EMR


EMR vs. EHR – What is the Difference?

Users often ask us if they should implement an EMR or an EHR. Do you know the difference? Is there a difference? drchrono is an all purpose EHR, but some people use the terms “electronic medical record” (“EMR”) and “electronic health record” (“EHR”) interchangeably. While it may seem trivial, the difference is quite significant. The National Alliance for Health Information Technology (NAHIT) with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), have established […]

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Digital Health Companies Rush to Integrate with Apple’s HealthKit

Notwithstanding HealthKit’s aborted launch due to a software bug, digital health companies have jumped at the opportunity to integrate their products with Apple AAPL -0.69%’s HealthKit, a hub of personal health data that consumers can display in Apple’s new Health app in iOS 8. Many are betting that the tech giant has the clout and reach to make Health an indispensable tool for patients looking to engage with their doctors outside the clinic. “It’s going to be the […]

ONC Releases Final EHR Guidelines

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on Thursday released a newfinal rule for electronic health records (EHRs), which increases the flexibility of the 2014 edition of certification and adds some criteria initially proposed in the 2015 voluntary EHR certification criteria now abandoned by the ONC. Although it believes that many of the reasons for creating a voluntary certification edition remain valid, the ONC opted to end its pursuit of this option after […]

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drchrono Joins the Inc.500 List

drchrono announced today that Inc. magazine has added drchrono to its Inc. 500 List, an annual ranking of the nation’s 500 fastest growing private companies. “We are all truly honored to be included in the Inc 500.  I am personally really grateful to all of our customers who believe in drchrono’s mission to change healthcare for the better. Our customers are the reason we were able to grow so quickly and be ranked in the Inc 500 list […]

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How to Score a Brand Partnership

As is often the case where I work (the Bay Area), I hear about “brand partnerships” all the time. Some — like Starbucks’ recent partnership with Square — you may already be familiar with. And others? Well, they’re still twinkles in a startup CEO’s eye. Why are brand partnerships important? They involve a mutually beneficial exchange. For example, one company (Square) brings functionality to the table, while another (Starbucks) brings visibility. If you’re a newer […]

Unregulated data sometimes just as sensitive as HIPAA-covered data

In a new report from the California HealthCare Foundation, the report’s author, health economist and consultant Jane Sarasohn-Kahn concludes that while the increasing amount of consumer wellness and fitness data collected today has a lot of value for personalized healthcare, it also presents new risks for consumer privacy. For one thing, as healthcare moves out of the hospital and onto the wrist, the smartphone, or the Facebook wall, healthcare data moves out of the realm of HIPAA, the […]

ICD-10 Survival Guide, how move from ICD-9 to ICD-10

Work on ICD-10 began in 1983 and was completed in 1992. The U.S. is now mandating everyone in healthcare moves over October 1, 2014,  22 years later. ICD-10 has been pushed back over and over again within the U.S. The U.S. is behind in moving to ICD-10 as ~25 countries have moved over for reimbursement and resource allocation. The U.S. government is pushing everyone in healthcare to ICD-10 compliance by October 1, 2014. 3 trillion […]

Vital Adds Fourth Doctor Appointment Booking Partner

Vitals, a website for reviewing and finding doctors, has partnered with DocASAP, maker of an online appointment scheduling platform for patients. Vitals will include DocASAP’s appointment booking feature on its profiles of physicians who are DocASAP users. This is Vitals’ fourth deal with an appointment booking company. The first was a partnership with EMR maker drchrono. In 2011, Vitals’ parent company MDx Medical acquired appointment booking company HealthLeap. Then in 2013, Vitals partnered with HealthPost to offer online scheduling […]

Will Open EMR Die? Will Open Source Medical Software Survive?

When we started drchrono, we contemplated using open source software to build the company. We thought about running instances of Open EMR for medical practice clients. The idea was great in concept, we would become the “Red Hat” like company to the EMR world. There were and still are other companies doing this and it looked like a viable option at the time. Showing our first paying users Open EMR to see if it would […]

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