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Lessons from Waiting Rooms

Lessons from Waiting Rooms

According to a 2010 survey, the average wait time in a general practitioner’s office is 20 minutes. And according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, most people think that’s too long. With that in mind, I looked at some other industries for ideas on how to improve satisfaction when it comes to long waits.

Survey: Patient Interactions with EMR/EHR Use


Physicians who have implemented an EMR sometimes complain that “instead of maintaining eye contact with my patient, I now have my nose buried in a computer.” We’d like to know how your EMR software has affected your patient interactions, and what strategies have worked for you. Please help us by completing this survey.

5 Rules for Taking a Vacation as a Solo-Practice Doctor

Solo Practitioner Vacation

It’s hard enough for any of us to consider taking a vacation in the current economic climate, let alone those of us responsible for the health of others. If you’re anything like the doctors I spoke with, you might actually be afraid to take a vacation. So, how do you do it, especially if you work alone?

5 Ways Doctors Can Use EMRs to Boost Profitability

Meaningful Use

With the rapid growth of the electronic medical records (EMR) market and the technological advances that have occurred since their introduction, we thought it was time to revisit the topic of how EMR software can improve the profitability of your practice. Here are five ways practices can use their EMRs to boost profitability.

Ionizing Your Online Reputation: Shifting Negative Reviews to Positive

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What your patients are saying about you on the Internet can be critical to your practice’s success. These reviews constitute but one part of your overall online reputation–but they’re an important one. Since visitors tend to focus on the bad reviews more than the good, it’s important to look at all the feedback and address it appropriately.

The Future of Obamacare if Romney’s Elected

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Most doctors plan on voting for Romney because they fear the impact of the ACA and hope he can make good on his promise to “repeal it on day one.” But even if Romney wins, it’s highly unlikely that the ACA will be repealed. Here’s why–and what you should do to prepare for the inevitable.

Electronic Medical Records vs. Electronic Health Records: Revisited

EMR and EHR Search Frequency

Four years ago, we posed the questions, “Should you implement an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or an Electronic Health Record (EHR)? Do you know the difference? Is there a difference?” At that time, the digital medical records market was nascent and fragmented.

Meaningful Use FAQ: Taking Advantage of The Medicare EHR Incentive Program


Are you ready to claim your share of the $17.2 billion in Medicare stimulus money by implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system in your practice? The deadline to begin your 90-day EHR reporting period to qualify for the incentive is October 3, 2012–and it can take a few months

6 Steps Doctors Can Take to Join Earth Day 2012

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For this Earth Day–April 22nd–the designated theme is “Mobilize the Earth.” Why should physicians play a role in joining this commitment? Health benefits abound that are linked to engagement with the Earth’s natural environment. So do the health risks posed to this environment today by human development.

Google+ for Doctors: Why & How You Should Use Google+ Now

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How can a doctor make her practice stand out on the Internet? One way is to get on Google+, the search giant’s new social network. Using Google+ is an easy, quick and free way to improve the likelihood your name will come up when people are searching for topics related to your specialty.

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