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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic with an NLP-based Clinical Opioid Data Repository (nCODR)

Posted by James M. Maisel, MD on Mar 14, 2018 7:14:00 AM

Strategies to address opioid abuse and overdoses have had limited effectiveness in mitigating the high rate of emergency room visits and mortality due to this growing opioid epidemic. A multi-level approach to the opioid epidemic appears necessary to include access, education, prevention, early identification, and mitigation of this scourge, but more importantly we need an evidence-based approach. Prescription monitoring programs may identify patients using opioids and physicians prescribing them, but will not address sources of drugs through other channels.

Studies have shown a near-linear relationship and steady increase from overdose deaths representing a small but quickly growing number of patients with addiction subject to increasing opioid use with tolerance eventually reaching fatal levels. Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses occur at over 30 times the rate of fatal overdoses, suggesting the tip of this iceberg. The straight-line increases leading to overdoses make any proportion of this number grow over time until we can make an impact in the number of people exposed to opioids or mitigate the percent and rate at which they progress to abuse resulting in deaths.

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Tags: Analytics, Blog, MediSapien, Big Data, NLP

You need to ask these important questions before choosing an EHR

Posted by Adele Field on Mar 7, 2018 3:20:41 PM

ALL EHRs are not created equal. EHR usability directly impacts the burden of documentation.

The leading EHRs securely manage patient health information, but the way they do this can be vastly different. When clinical documentation is a source of frustration for doctors, there is a mismatch between their preferred documentation workflow and the EHR user interface. In fact, a top cause of physician dissatisfaction with their EHRs is spending too much time on tedious data entry tasks. EHR usability should be a primary consideration because it can alleviate -- or conversely, increase -- the burden of documentation.

Here are five critical questions to ask when evaluating the usability of an EHR.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, EHRs

6 Critical Considerations for Choosing an EHR

Posted by Adele Field on Mar 7, 2018 3:00:59 PM

By Adele Field, ZyDoc Marketing & Communications Director

Which EHR Should You Choose?

1. Is your practice ready to adopt a new workflow?

Do your research to learn how closely the proposed new EHR’s workflow will approximate your current (legacy) methods of handling PHI. If the new workflow logic will force a radically different approach to entering, organizing, and accessing patient health records, there will be a difficult period of adjustment for your physicians and staff. EHR usability is a hot-button issue, with many vendors falling short. Poor usability will cause significant frustration and inefficiency for your EHR users. If the user interface feels very difficult or will require significantly more staff resources than available, look for another EHR. Charting in an EHR requires a constant flow of data in and data out, a process that can take up to 2 hours per patient visit. An interface that is not user-friendly can make this process onerous. On the other hand, if the interface is generally user-friendly, it may be a good choice for your practice.

Make a list of what you want the EHR to do, and compare features between several different systems.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, EHRs

Is Speech Recognition Safe... Enough?

Posted by Adele Field on Feb 20, 2018 11:24:15 AM

By Adele Field, ZyDoc Marketing & Communications Director

Anyone who has tried to seriously use speech recognition in the last few years for clinical documentation – or any other purpose – knows two things: SR is far from perfect, and SR is getting better all the time. 

It’s popular in emergency departments for obvious reasons. The concept is a natural match for the rapid pace of an ER or radiology department – it allows doctors to transmit critical information quickly so that more patients can be seen, diagnosed more quickly, and treated more effectively.

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Tags: Blog, Transcription Services, speech recognition

Scribes vs. transcription? It's not just about speed.

Posted by Adele Field on Jan 30, 2018 11:32:51 PM

By Adele Field, ZyDoc Marketing & Communications Director

Disclaimer: ZyDoc’s core business is providing secure web-based medical transcription and EHR data insertion services. ZyDoc also offers remote scribing.

Transcriptionists and scribes share a common Latin word origin, scribere, “to write,” and can trace their roots back to antiquity. They have been around since the days of committing words and transactions to papyrus for philosophers and kings. In the current era of electronic health records, employing elite corps of language specialists is still the go-to solution for navigating the complexities of documentation. Both transcriptionists and scribes generate clinical documentation under the guidance of physicians for inclusion in the EHR. Both reduce the time-consuming, unnecessary cognitive overload imposed on clinicians by suboptimal EHR user interfaces that require counter-intuitive data entry by keyboard and mouse. Both solve the same problem, but they do it differently.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, Transcription Services, scribes

ZyDoc Accepted into Stony Brook University Incubator Program to Develop Health Information Knowledge Management Technologies

Posted by Adele on Nov 9, 2017 10:28:15 AM


ISLANDIA, NY (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 9, 2017 – ZyDoc, a New York-based medical informatics company, is pleased to announce its acceptance into the Stony Brook Incubator Program at Stony Brook University. The Incubator Program, which helps new technologically innovative companies grow by providing them with a variety of support resources and services, has four locations totaling more than 100,000sf. The ZyDoc R&D team will move into the the New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) this month.  Read the full news release here.
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Tags: News, Blog, MediSapien

Is your documentation method leading to burnout?

Posted by Adele Field on Oct 4, 2017 11:23:03 PM

By Adele Field
ZyDoc Marketing & Communications Director

While a variety, and combination, of factors contribute to physician burnout, it is indisputable that burnout is real, and it is increasingly pervasive in the medical community.

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Tags: Blog, EHR Usability, Transcription Services

What big problems do medical practices face, and how can I solve them?

Posted by Ashish Bhatt on Aug 11, 2017 6:30:50 PM

Practice management today is tough.  Here are some perspectives from the front lines:

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Quiz Takeaways

Posted by Ashish Bhatt on Aug 10, 2017 6:35:50 PM

Question 1:
 According to Merritt, Hawkins and Associates, what is the average revenue that an Orthopaedic Surgeon is expected to generate, per hour?

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How can I improve patient flow in an outpatient clinic?

Posted by Ashish Bhatt on Aug 5, 2017 12:14:32 PM


  1. Ask Questions – “Where exactly are you getting the most friction now? What part of that flow do you want to improve? What would an improved patient flow look like for you?” (Carlos Voltron at http://bit.ly/2wuOktM)

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