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.

Using EMR Software to Decrease Medical Mistakes : Making Electronic Medical Records Better

As a medical care provider, you strive for excellence and your patients expect that you’ll take their health seriously. Sometimes, mistakes happen. While some medical errors are minor, others can have life threatening implications. Your electronic medical records (EMR) software can help you ensure that your office is set up to avoid medical mistakes. Asking Good Questions Sometimes a simple error in basic patient information can lead you to miss out on an opportunity to remind your patient about a...

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%...

New to EHR Systems? Read This Blog ASAP

When it comes to medical technology, many physicians are adopting a new EHR system or have adopted more than one EHR system over the last decade. By understanding the basics of how an EHR system works, it is easier to determine if it is appropriate for your medical practice and how it can be applied to support your practice growth. Using it for Support EHR systems are often used to support other technological tools and systems in your practice. An...

4 Ways to Improve Revenue Cycle Management with Better Documentation

Better management of clinical documentation processes increases a practice’s bottom line by decreasing the time it takes to get claims paid and reducing claims denials. Strong documentation management makes it easier to create financial stability in a private medical practice and helps streamline revenue cycle management. The best clinical documentation is an integrated approach to patient care that encompasses all office components. Remember that Everything is Related to Patient Care According to clinical documentation improvement expert Paul Weygandt, improving documentation...

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...