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Study: ICD-10 Could Slam Operations

Posted on September 11, 2012 I Written By

Anne Zieger is veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Zieger formerly served as editor-in-chief of FierceHealthcare.com and her commentaries have appeared in dozens of international business publications, including Forbes, Business Week and Information Week. She has also contributed content to hundreds of healthcare and health IT organizations, including several Fortune 500 companies. Contact her at @ziegerhealth on Twitter or visit her site at Zieger Healthcare.

We all know physicians are dreading the ICD-10 deadline. Who wouldn’t be a bit blue around the gills if they had to switch from a system with 17,000 codes to one with about 141,000 codes? Now, a study by practice management vendor Nuesoft has given us some specifics as to just what worries them.

Nuesoft surveyed 480 physicians, administrators, office managers and billers in their survey, “Attitudes Toward the Transition to ICD-10 and ANSI-5010.”  All told, they found that 96 percent of respondents were concerned about the transition, with 60 percent reporting that they were “highly” or “significantly” concerned.

As the Nuesoft chart below details, physicians are a bit freaked out over impact of ICD-10. As the chart below indicates, roughly one-third of the physicians questioned were “highly concerned” about the impact of the ICD-10 transition, and another 20-odd percent were “significantly concerned.”

Thirty percent of physicians expect that the ICD-10 transition will affect their operations very negatively, and 45 percent “somewhat negatively.”   The results were more or less the same for the other categories, which included finances, staff state of mind and personal state of mind (physician).

Thanks to Nuesoft for delving further into the headache that will dominate medical practice for years to come. Now, though, Nuesoft, how about a follow up? What I’d love to know, personally, is what differentiates those doctors who weren’t worried from those that are.  That could prove to be an eye-opener. Maybe we have something to learn from them?

P.S.  Now, as a treat for those who made it to the bottom of this piece, here’s Nuesoft’s hip hop video on the subject:


HL7 Interface Lady Gaga Pokerface Parody by EMR Vendor Nuesoft

Posted on November 17, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Looks like this is the week of the healthcare IT related videos. Yesterday I posted the EMR Stimulus overview video. Today, a much more exciting and fun video called “Interface.” This video is a parody of Lady Gaga’s Pokerface, featuring the IT department at EMR vendor NueMD.

Here are the revised lyrics:
You want your EHR to talk to NueMD?
No problem! – we’ll connect ‘em,
Data flows so easily.
Appointments and encounters are an easy place to start.
And after we’ve been hooked up
You’ll have data in your charts.
Oh o-oh oh oh, o-o-o-o-o-oh
We’ll hook ‘em up, show you what we’ve got (2x)
If you need a, you need an interface
We know the HL-7 (2x)
Int-int-int-interface, your interface
(mum-mum-mum-mah) (2x)
Tired of typing data into your machine?
Communication is a breeze with NueMD
Double data entry is making me work a ton
And when the patient leaves without the bill my money’s gone (gone)
Oh o-oh oh oh, o-o-o-o-o-oh
We’ll hook ‘em up, show you what we’ve got
(2x)
If you need a, you need an interface
We know the HL-7
(2x)
If you need a, you need an interface
We know the HL-7
(2x
If you need a, you need an interface
We know the HL-7
(2x)
If you need a, you need an interface
We know the HL-7
(2x)
Int-int-int-interface, your interface
(mum-mum-mum-mah)
(2x)
I will tell you that we link you, fix or plug you,
I’m Connectin’ it’s perfection,
I’m not lying, I’m just stunnin’ with my interface runnin’
Like a doctor on the go-go; take your info when you go out
And I promise this, promise this
That this interface – it’s marvelous!
If you need a, you need an interface
We know the HL-7
(2x)
In-in-in-interface