MedicalRecords.com https://www.medicalrecords.com Own Your Healthcare Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:06:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 https://www.medicalrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/favicon-1.png MedicalRecords.com https://www.medicalrecords.com 32 32 3 Easy Things to Know About the State of Your Medical Records https://www.medicalrecords.com/2017/05/22/blog/3-easy-things-know-state-medical-records https://www.medicalrecords.com/2017/05/22/blog/3-easy-things-know-state-medical-records#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 18:01:53 +0000 https://www.medicalrecords.com/?p=82464 The post 3 Easy Things to Know About the State of Your Medical Records appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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In a confusing and bureaucratic environment there are a few foundational tips that can save you a lot of time or frustration.

1. Even if you haven’t paid a provider they can’t withhold your records.
2. If you believe that your records or fees are wrong, you have options. You can request the edits to your record so it can be changed. Even if you think you’re at a dead end you’re not, because a company or provider must respond to your inquiry.
3. You may have to pay your provider for your records. It is not uncommon for providers to charge patients for copies and shipping associated to the request.

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Seize Control of Your History to Control Your Future https://www.medicalrecords.com/2017/05/22/blog/seize-control-history-control-future https://www.medicalrecords.com/2017/05/22/blog/seize-control-history-control-future#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 17:50:48 +0000 https://www.medicalrecords.com/?p=82452 The post Seize Control of Your History to Control Your Future appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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Part of negotiating the healthcare world is overcoming what feels like a lack of control for consumers. Sometimes that is tied to not being able to get your records or not remembering details that you need to get the right care for you or your loved ones. There are a few foundational scenarios that will give you much more control even in trying times. One of those is owning your medical history. If you have access to a copy of your records in your home, office or even safety deposit box you’re ahead of the game.

1. If your provider gets hacked and you’ll have your information and won’t be racing to see if it’s still available with everyone else impacted.
2. For most individuals of remembering the details of your medical history can be a guessing game. You may have moved, change doctors, forgotten medications, changed insurance plans, plus countless other details. Keeping tabs and having access to your records allows you to be in more control of your health.
3. You’re not alone. You are responsible for your loved ones and stress levels can be on the rise when you are trying to help your children or spouse, but need your medical history. We typically worry less about ourselves, but taking control for your family will help alleviate additional stressors if and when the time comes you need your information.

Having you medical records is like having insurance. If you knew you were always going to be healthy and alright you wouldn’t worry about it. Like insurance, having your records gives you the peace of mind to manage the situation more effectively and get the care you need and deserve.

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How to Choose the Right EMR System https://www.medicalrecords.com/2016/02/06/blog/how-to-choose-the-right-emr-system https://www.medicalrecords.com/2016/02/06/blog/how-to-choose-the-right-emr-system#respond Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:23:07 +0000 http://newmrc.staging.wpengine.com/?p=73168 The post How to Choose the Right EMR System appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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With approximately 500 vendors selling EMR and EHR systems, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with choosing EHR software. While each practice has unique needs, many health care providers have used the following criteria to narrow down the list of preliminary EMR vendors to ones that are suitable for their practice. Use this list to help when choosing EHR software.

Certification for Federal EHR Incentive Payments
Virtually all health care providers want to make sure the EMR system they install will qualify for federal EHR incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). These EHR incentive payments require providers to make “meaningful use” of an EMR system accredited by a proper certification authority. It’s important to note that there are several stages to meaningful use, all of which must be met for ongoing EHR incentive payments.

Accreditation of EMR systems (or individual software modules within an EMR suite) is made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). As of October 2012, there are six such certification bodies, with Drummond Group, Inc. and the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) being the most widely known. EMR systems do not have to be certified at the time of installation, but will need to be qualified before EHR incentive payments can be received.

Practice Specialty & Size
Choosing EHR software based on the workflows and EMR system requirements of your practice is important because they vary widely for different medical specialties. While there are similarities across specialties and not every particular need can be matched exactly, it’s important to choose an EMR system that has the functionality you need for your practice and has demonstrated acceptance in the marketplace for practices in your specialty or one similar to it.

Systems needs can vary widely depending on practice size, as well as on client population. Again, look for vendors with experience in practices with needs and characteristics similar to your own, to get the best EMR or best EHR system.

System Architecture
EMR systems can either be built using an on-site computer server or via internet-based access to a “cloud” service. Choosing EHR software with the systems architecture that fits your practice is important.

EMR systems can be built using an onsite computer server providing central storage of records, and some providers find this preferable, since they feel more comfortable meeting their HIPAA security obligations when they are in control of the underlying data and storage systems. However, a client /server system such as this requires that providers maintain and upgrade these systems as needed to keep them fully functional.

Web or cloud-based architectures are often referred to as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) systems, since the application logic, programs and patient data are accessed remotely via the internet. In these EMR systems, security provisioning and system maintenance is assumed by the SaaS vendor, and many health care providers prefer the fact that these tasks are taken care of remotely. The quality and consistency of internet access can be a determining factor for these systems, since they provide limited functionality when disconnected from the web-based server.

Other Features
The most common additional EMR feature that is requested by health care providers is automatic transcription of medical notes, since it can be significantly faster than typing. Meaningful Use includes a Stage 1 requirement, for example, that more than 50% of patients receive a clinical summary within three business days after office visits. Many providers find it easiest to dictate using a transcription system and conclude an office visit by handing the patient a hard copy of the clinical summary or electronically transmitting it to them. Medical terminology makes many general purpose systems inappropriate for a medical environment, and Dragon Dictation has the lion’s share of the market.

For most practices, EMR help, installation, setup, training and maintenance will also be important items to review when choosing EHR software.

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The 2-Minute Guide: EHR and EMR Costs https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/12/10/blog/the-2-minute-guide-ehr-and-emr-costs https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/12/10/blog/the-2-minute-guide-ehr-and-emr-costs#respond Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00:31 +0000 https://www.medicalrecords.com/?p=73112 The post The 2-Minute Guide: EHR and EMR Costs appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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Purchasing and integrating an electronic medical record (EMR) / electronic health record (EHR) system into your practice workflow can be costly. However, the benefits of EMR systems can be worth the financial investment and may even help your practice save money in the long run. Besides the initial EHR / EMR costs, there are hardware, implementation, training, and maintenance costs to consider when purchasing a new system.

While there may be high costs associated with purchasing and installing EMR systems, the overall benefits of adopting EMR can save you time and money in the long run. Additionally, there are ways to finance your EMR system purchase and there are also government payment incentives to help finance electronic medical records adoption.

To find out more about the costs associated with EMR and EHR systems, view the following 2-Minute Guide on EHR and EMR Costs.

Worried about the cost of a new EMR or EHR system? MedicalRecords.com can help you find an EMR at the right price for your practice. Click here to get in contact with us.

 


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THE 2-MINUTE GUIDE: EHR AND EMR COSTS https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/12/10/blog/the-2-minute-guide-ehr-and-emr-costs-2 https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/12/10/blog/the-2-minute-guide-ehr-and-emr-costs-2#respond Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:42:42 +0000 https://www.medicalrecords.com/?p=82426 The post THE 2-MINUTE GUIDE: EHR AND EMR COSTS appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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Purchasing and integrating an electronic medical record (EMR) / electronic health record (EHR) system into your practice workflow can be costly. However, the benefits of EMR systems can be worth the financial investment and may even help your practice save money in the long run. Besides the initial EHR / EMR costs, there are hardware, implementation, training, and maintenance costs to consider when purchasing a new system.

While there may be high costs associated with purchasing and installing EMR systems, the overall benefits of adopting EMR can save you time and money in the long run. Additionally, there are ways to finance your EMR system purchase and there are also government payment incentives to help finance electronic medical records adoption.

To find out more about the costs associated with EMR and EHR systems, view the following 2-Minute Guide on EHR and EMR Costs.

Worried about the cost of a new EMR or EHR system? MedicalRecords.com can help you find an EMR at the right price for your practice. Click here to get in contact with us.

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The 2-Minute Guide: EMR or EHR Migration https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/12/03/blog/the-2-minute-guide-emr-or-ehr-migration-html https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/12/03/blog/the-2-minute-guide-emr-or-ehr-migration-html#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:50 +0000 https://www.medicalrecords.com/?p=73111 The post The 2-Minute Guide: EMR or EHR Migration appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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Installing or upgrading to a new EMR / EMR system requires careful planning to integrate your data and make sure your office workflow is either properly supported or that needed changes are identified.

Successful migration to a new or upgraded EMR system will depend on careful and individualized analysis and planning, which will need to be re-visited and updated as implementation progresses.

EHR implementation into your office starts with an appraisal of current workflow. There are numerous formal methodologies which can help, ranging from Six Sigma (made famous initially by General Electric) to Total Quality Management. While documenting your current workflow in its entirety-from patient scheduling to the completion of a patient visit-is a start, identifying possibilities for a re-design of workflow elements is the goal. EMR migration may eliminate steps in patient check-in, or as is often the case, allow for patients to schedule a visit and complete the check-in process almost entirely without staff intervention.

To find out more, view the following 2-Minute Guide EMR or EHR Migration.

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The 2-Minute Guide: EMR Privacy and Security https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/11/26/blog/the-2-minute-guide-emr-privacy-and-security-html https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/11/26/blog/the-2-minute-guide-emr-privacy-and-security-html#respond Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:00:51 +0000 https://www.medicalrecords.com/?p=73110 The post The 2-Minute Guide: EMR Privacy and Security appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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With growing adoption of EMR and EHR systems, the concern with electronic patient records privacy and security is growing. In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which created national standards for medical records security. HIPAA laws and regulations set limits on the use and access to medical records and establish a series of EMR privacy safeguards. The American Medical Association (AMA) has also listed some guidelines to ensure EMR safety.

There are several measures doctors and hospitals should take to secure EMR and be HIPAA compliant. One of the most effective is data encryption. Encryption technology protects EMRs while they are being transferred and ensures that only the intended recipients are able to view them. Also, all hospitals and health providers are required to have firewalls on their computer networks. Firewalls are a strong first line of defense for medical records security by blocking unwanted access to the computer networks used by EMR systems.

To find out more, view the following 2-Minute Guide on EMR Privacy and Security.

Worried about privacy and security of your EMR or EHR system? MedicalRecords.com can help you find a certified EMR for your practice. Click here to get in contact with us.

 

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The 2-Minute Guide: iPad EMR and EHR Software https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/11/19/blog/the-2-minute-guide-ipad-emr-and-ehr-software-html https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/11/19/blog/the-2-minute-guide-ipad-emr-and-ehr-software-html#respond Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:00:15 +0000 https://www.medicalrecords.com/?p=73109 The post The 2-Minute Guide: iPad EMR and EHR Software appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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Tablet-based electronic medical record (EMR) systems are very popular with physicians. Working on a tablet can be much less disruptive to typical practice workflow than having to use a desktop or laptop based EMR system. It is portable and, ergonomically, is similar to a clipboard. The main type of tablet used by physicians is the iPad oriPad Mini. There are several types of electronic medical records software available on iPads each with their own advantages and disadvantages: Native iPad EMRs, Web-based iPad EMRs, and Remote Access iPad EMRs.

Searching for iPad EMR software? Browse our list of iPad EMR Apps.

To find out more, view the following 2-Minute Guide on iPad EMR and EHR Software.

MedicalRecords.com can help you find the best iPad EMR or EHR system for your practice. Click here to get in contact with us.

 

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The 2-Minute Guide: Medical Billing Software https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/11/12/blog/the-2-minute-guide-medical-billing-software-html https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/11/12/blog/the-2-minute-guide-medical-billing-software-html#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00:32 +0000 https://www.medicalrecords.com/?p=73108 The post The 2-Minute Guide: Medical Billing Software appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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Medical billing software systems handle your practice’s medical billing and invoicing electronically. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Electronic Medical Records mandate requires practices to electronically send medical billing claims. Therefore, medical billing software has been gaining popularity and is a requirement to achieve meaningful use of an EHR system.

To achieve HIPAA compliance and meaningful use, you must use an electronic medical billing system to check insurance eligibility of a patient prior to providing medical services. You must then use it to submit and follow up on insurance claims and bill patients.

To find out more, view the following 2-Minute Guide on medical billing software.

Worried about achieving meaningful use of EMR and EHR? MedicalRecords.com can help you find the best Medical Billing Software for your practice so you can get government incentive payments. Click here to get in contact with us.


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The 2-Minute Guide: ePrescribing and ePrescriptions https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/11/05/blog/the-2-minute-guide-eprescribing-and-eprescriptions-html https://www.medicalrecords.com/2013/11/05/blog/the-2-minute-guide-eprescribing-and-eprescriptions-html#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:00:30 +0000 https://www.medicalrecords.com/?p=73107 The post The 2-Minute Guide: ePrescribing and ePrescriptions appeared first on MedicalRecords.com.

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e-Prescribing (electronic prescribing) facilitates the current prescription process by electronically transmitting prescription information between the physician, the patient and the pharmacy. e-Prescribing is an electronic avenue that sends prescriptions directly from the physician’s office to the pharmacy while storing prescription data in the patient’s electronic medical record (EMR) or electronic health record (EHR). This health care system is faster, more convenient, and reduces a significant amount medication errors that occur with the current prescription method. To find out more, view the following 2-Minute Guide on ePrescribing.

Interested in e-Prescribing software? MedicalRecords.com can help you find the best software or EMR with e-Prescribing capabilities for your practice. Click here to get in contact with us.

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