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Seth Flam, DO

Lead Blogger: Seth Flam, DO

Dr. Flam is one of the founders of HealthFusion and serves as the company's CEO and President. He is board certified in Family Practice and is one of the creative forces behind MediTouch EHR.

Mobile EHR Users Report Higher Satisfaction Levels

Mobile EHR Users' Challenges with Learning
Providers who were using a mobile EHR expressed twice the satisfaction levels of those using EHRs via non-mobile systems, according to a recent survey by tablet-based EHR review group Software Advice. The survey showed that 58 percent of mobile EHR users were “very satisfied” with their EHR, compared to 28 percent of non-mobile users. These increased satisfaction levels may be the result of another facet of the survey showing that mobile users reported fewer challenges with learning how to use the EHR software and fewer problems with their EHR system decreasing productivity. Specifically, only 39 […] Continue Reading

[Infographic] What’s the Best Way to Chart in EHR Software: Touch, Type, Talk?

iPad EHR
EHR technology has been changing rapidly; from desktop to laptop to iPad, the options for charting—and the questions about best practices in charting methods—have increased over the last few years. While it’s exciting to see the new choices and potentially time-saving methods, this has left many providers uncertain about what the best method for charting is. When should you use “touch”, relying on the buttons in your EHR? When does dictation make the most sense? Does it ever make sense just to type, since it’s more time consuming but allows you to […] Continue Reading

Green Light for Doctors to use iPad EHRs in the Exam Room

Doctors who are making the switch from paper records to an EHR sometimes worry that using an electronic charting device during encounters will have a negative impact on the patient experience. But the results of a survey by Software Advice, a company that researches EHR technology, indicate that these worries are unfounded. The survey asked patients whether it would bother them if their doctor used a desktop, laptop, or tablet to type during an office exam. An overwhelming majority of patients responded that it wouldn’t bother them at all. Source: The Profitable […] Continue Reading

Free Infographic: Why Not Just Dictate to Your iPad EMR?

iPad EMR Dictation
The amount of data entry required by most EHRs has been a major point of dissatisfaction for physicians for several years now. A recent survey by a Pennsylvania community hospital showed that physicians spent an average of 44% of their time on data entry, with only 28% spent on direct patient care. Obviously, this is not what doctors or patients want. But charting in the exam room results in the highest accuracy and completion rate. Many doctors and healthcare experts believe dictation with an EHR designed for the iPad and other tablets […] Continue Reading

The iPad Mini and MediTouch EHR — Is this the “Killer Form Factor” for EHR?

The iPad® has not only been a consumer technology phenomenon, it is the best form factor for documenting a patient encounter with an EHR/EMR. Apple® has sold 100 million iPads in the past 2+ years, and the iPad is responsible for most of the Internet traffic spawned from mobile tablets. The MediTouch EHR® Web application was designed from the “ground up” for the iPad and every day we experience thousands of logins from iPad devices. Even though Apple’s last iOS release (iOS6) was flawed, prompting an apology from the CEO, it is […] Continue Reading

iOS 6 Coming On September 19th — What’s In Store for MediTouch EHR Users

The next version of Apple’s iOS operating system (iOS 6) for iPhone and iPad (versions 2 and “New”) was announced this week and there are plenty of new features for iOS device users, but most of them do not directly impact MediTouch EHR users running our award-winning EHR software on an iPad… Yet we have discovered a couple that should make MediTouch users happy, but we advise waiting to download iOS 6 until Apple’s first service update becomes available. Continue Reading

Doctors’ Tablet Computer Use Doubles in 2012

We’ve discussed the boom of physician tablet computer ownership and use in previous EHR blog posts. In 2011, 30% of doctors in the United States owned a tablet computer, compared to only 5% of the general public. According to the AMA News, “One year after Apple® launched its first iPad® tablet computer, 27% of primary care and specialty physicians owned an iPad or similar device — a rate five times higher than the general population, according to a report by the market research firm Knowledge Networks.” Continue Reading

Medicine is Going Mobile — BUT your EHR must be designed for use on a tablet computer

In the April 9 print edition of American Medical News, the lead business story was “Everything in Medicine is Going Mobile”, and a sister article titled, “Challenges with Going Mobile”. The theme of the article, per Phil Chuang director of information services for Sutter Health in California, is that medical professionals have, “seen the power of them (mobile devices) in their personal lives, and they want to see that same power in their clinical lives.” Mobile devices definitely pass the “cool factor” test, but if the software is designed properly, they also […] Continue Reading

New iPad® Dictation Feature — Talking Is the New Typing

We have previously written about the new iPad® in the blog posts titled, iPad® 3 Release Rumors — Don’t Get Rid of Your iPad 2® Just yet and The New iPad®… Just Call it iPad® — Rumors Confirmed and Debunked. In this post we will delve into the new iPad’s dictation feature, and detail its benefits for MediTouch® users. At HealthFusion® we believe our MediTouch users will benefit most from the new iPad’s dictation feature, although the enhanced retina display and improved 4G internet connection speeds are also useful advancements. Doctors have […] Continue Reading

iPad® EHRs and EMRs Improve Efficiency

A recent study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, tracked the Apple® iPad® usage of 115 residents of internal medicine at the University of Chicago who were given the device to use during their rounds. The study found that the addition of the iPads helped residents to be more efficient at ordering tests and procedures for their patients. During their rounds, the residents used iPad electronic health records (EHRs) and other interfaces in conjunction with the device. The iPad allowed residents to contact the hospital laboratory and other departments to order […] Continue Reading