When Urology Centers of Alabama started a data analytics program last year, they discovered that over 50 percent of their overactive bladder (OAB) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients never showed back up for a second visit. That was clearly a problem, both from a patient care perspective as well as the practice's bottom line.
Mention urology, and people tend to think of men with prostate problems or kidney stones, and the mostly male physicians who care for them.
Today's radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer was a high-tech advance when it was introduced decades ago. But now there's a brand-new generation of the machines, the Halcyon Linear Accelerator, that its user, Urology Centers of Alabama (UCA), calls transformative.
"If providers utilize their IT to its fullest potential through an EHR, then they're going to be able to maximize their Medicare reimbursement in 2019," says Carrie Gulledge, director of EHR with MediSYS.
In his medical practice with Urology Centers of Alabama, urologist Dr. Mark DeGuenther uses high-tech tools that weren't available just a generation ago. But in his off-time, he's gotten an unusual amount of experience with an age-old skill: parenting.
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