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Medicine & Technology

Data warehousing for improved decisions

Compiling and analyzing data from single or multiple sources can help identify ways to better utilize resources, evaluate business lines, reveal health patterns, understand the financial performance of an area and lead to better understanding and performance in risk-based contracts.

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Negotiating a Year 2000 software upgrade

Many physicians throughout the country are just being informed that their computer systems are not Year 2000 compliant and are being asked to spend thousands of dollars to become compliant. Some of these practices have been successful in negotiating a reduced price for their Year 2000 upgrade.

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Imaging and document management

Imaging and document management systems can dramatically cut the time physicians spend searching for necessary information. However, medical practices must carefully evaluate certain aspects of an imaging and document management solution, as the wrong system may diminish its overall value.

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Documentation and coding tools

Given ample reason to be concerned about their documentation and coding habits, physicians need to examine the strengths and weaknesses of various products and services available to expedite those tasks. Documentation efficiency aside, one might also contemplate how useful these systems are to actual patient care.

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Computerized patients records

As computers start appearing in the clinical side of the physician's office, more physicians become conversant with new information technologies and Internet usage become the norm, many distinctly different systems are emerging to assist physicians in providing clinical care to their patients.

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