EHR : Easing Patient Security Fears About Electronic Medical Records

EHR : Easing Patient Security Fears About Electronic Medical Records

The times are always changing and that includes the way your doctor delivers care in their office on a daily basis. When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was made into a law, it required that all patient records be stored in a digital format where they can be protected and easily retrieved. But with many doctors using cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) storage systems, patients are getting nervous about the security of their information. Patients need to...

Is It Time to Leave Your Old EHR Behind? Take the EMR Replacement Test

Is It Time to Leave Your Old EHR Behind? Take the EMR Replacement Test

In a recent letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association, physicians described the unrealized potential of EHR technology and their colleagues’ general unhappiness with these systems.

“There is building resentment against the shackles of the present EHR; every additional click inflicts a nick on physicians’ morale. Current records miss opportunities to harness available data and predictive analytics to individualize treatment. Meanwhile, sophisticated advances in technology are going untapped,” they wrote.

Is it time to separate your practice from your current software? Many practices are re-evaluating their systems, some of which have been in place long before Meaningful Use. This series will explore the process of making the switch.

Expert Interview with William Maruca About Protecting Medical Records

William Maruca of HIPAA, HITECH & HIT (//hipaahealthlaw.foxrothschild.com/) knows what it means for both patients and health care providers to keep records safe. In this interview, Maruca discusses patient confidentiality, keeping records safe and private, and trends in the medical billing industry. In what ways do electronic health records present a risk to patient confidentiality? Electronic health records can be accessed, copied and transferred instantaneously with a click of a mouse. People often forget that the HIPAA statute was intended,...

How Interoperable Does Your Medical Practice Need to Be?

The most recent statistics about physician interoperability are fairly encouraging. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in 2013, 48% of physicians had at least a basic EHR, 26% more than when HITECH went into effect in 2009. Just under 70% of physicians can view lab results electronically, and 42% can offer patients a way to view online, download, or transmit information from their medical record. E-prescribing is, not surprisingly, on the rise, with 57%...

5 Tips for Managing a Departing Locum Tenens Physician

When physicians in your practice leave – whether it is to open their own practice down the street, move out of town, or retire, you typically set up a time to meet together to establish a transition plan. Charts must be up to date and any pending business transactions must be completed. You take all necessary steps to ensure your practice remains successful and patient care is not compromised. A similar transition exit plan should be in place when a...

Don’t Let Bad EMR Advice Cost You A Key Medical Billing Client

As technology improves and healthcare reform rolls along, many physicians and practice managers are asking their medical billing companies for advice on electronic record systems. Some practices are moving from paper to digital; others are unhappy with their current system and want to upgrade. Most know that they want their patient records to work well with other systems, such as billing. And some medical billing companies are starting to offer clients a free electronic record system in exchange for their...