Electronic Health Record (EHR)

EHR Software: What’s The Best Meaningful Use EHR Software?

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The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act mandates that you have to adopt electronic health records. So now your challenge is how to select a good electronic health record (EHR) system.

EHR software

In fact, you’d like to select the best EHR software for your practice… To get the best value for your money!

What are the minimum things to look for in an Electronic Health Record system?

Must be certified
Affordable
Easy to use
Good training and support
Saves you money
Makes your practice more efficient.

Don’t forget Meaningful Use!

If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid health care provider, it’s in your best interest to know about CMS meaningful use. And it is critical that  Medicare and Medicaid health care providers makes sure their electronic health record system enables them to meet EHR meaningful use criteria.

Certified electronic health record software will allow providers to meet meaningful use. To determine if the EHR software is certified by the ONC-ATCB (Authorized Testing and Certification Body), visit the ONC-ATCB Certified EHR Technology site http://www.cchit.org/products/onc-atcb/all/1000

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is running the show as far as the HITECH Act is concerned. And one of the ONC duties is to certify electronic health record software. The software not only must be certified, but it should be certified as a complete electronic health record solution.

Why is CMS meaningful use EHR Software important?

The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services / CMS meaningful use criteria are used to measure quality and the ability to meet the goals of the HITECH Act. We need to reduce healthcare costs while increasing patient safety, enhancing the quality of care and making healthcare operations more efficient.  Meeting meaningful use measures are requirements for receiving incentive payments.

CMS has designated certain Medicare and Medicaid health care providers as eligible to receive incentive payments. But even health care providers that are not eligible professionals as defined by CMS, can still benefit from the implementation of electronic health record software.

Moving from paper charts to electronic health records will result in decreased clerical and administrative type costs. Not to mention benefiting from the meaningful use criteria that have a direct bearing on patient safety and quality of care.

Hopefully, you’ve accepted the fact that you need and want an electronic health record system. And that you need it now! It’s the only way you can qualify for CMS inventive money under the HITECH Act.

What’s the Best Meaningful Use EHR Software?

There’s no easy answer. The best electronic health record software for one practice, is not the best option for another. One trend is for the large hospitals to push the hospital’s selected EHR software to all the physicians under their wing.

What’s great for the hospital is not necessarily the best choice for the physicians. And often, it is not the most cost effective solution for a small medical practice. Even if the hospital is offering financial assistance, the hospital recommended electronic health record system could still end up costing more.

Surveys have been done to determine the best EHR software. Multiple medical articles and publications have different views on which are the best electronic health record systems or electronic health record vendors.

After all there are over 200 certified EHR products in the “Complete EHR” category. That number doubles if you consider the partially certified and the non-certified.

We’ve compiled a report of the collective wisdom of the regional extension centers, Information week, AAFP / FPM and the Black Book.

Best EHR Software

Download this free white paper entitled “Best Electronic Health Record Software”  http://electronichealthrecordrescue.com/Best-Electronic-Health-Record-Software.pdf

Got questions?
about the HITECH Act, Electronic Health Records or the
Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS)
EHR incentive program
?

I invite you to claim free access to an informative interview audio titled

How To Convert To Electronic Health Records,
When I’m Completely Technology Adverse,
And Don’t Know Where To Start!

 

 

Is electronic health record adoption a mystery to you?

Don’t have the time or expertise?

Want to take advantage of EHR incentive money?

 

Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 today to schedule a

FREE Consultation!

to find out about our

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providing

EHR Software, HITECH Act, and Meaningful Use assistance!

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Is the Michael Jackson Trial Relevant to Electronic Health Records?

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98,000 deaths occur in the United States each year from preventable medical errors!

Michael Jackson, the superstar has been dead for 2 years. But the current big news is the trial of Dr. Conrad  Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal physician, who is on trial for involuntary manslaughter.

I wrote an article titled “Could an Electronic Health Record System Have Prevented The Death of Michael Jackson?”  Health information technology in general and electronic health record systems prevent medical errors. Michael Jackson’s death was due to a preventable error. So EHR software in theory could have saved the King of Pop.

Sadly it seems Michael Jackson had a drug addiction. There’s much more to the story, as will come out in the Michael Jackson trial. So perhaps this is a bit of overkill and dramatization. But Michael Jackson was bigger than life.

A drugged up
“Michael Jackson Audio Recording — People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray”

 

Realistically, health care providers should consider the benefits of an electronic health record system. Electronic health records help physicians and other health care providers be better medical providers: increased patient safety and improved quality of care based on best practices and evidence based medicine.

Patient safety and consistent quality medical care are goals of health information technology. More specifically, it is the goal of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act / HITECH Act, which is mandating the transition to electronic health records.

In the words of President Barack Obama:

“To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its costs, we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that, within five years, all of America’s medical records are computerized. This will cut waste, eliminate red tape and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests…But it just won’t save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs; it will save lives by reducing the deadly but preventable medical errors that pervade our health-care system.”

A critical component of an electronic health record system is clinical decision support. The clinical support knowledge base enables the EHR software to provide helpful alerts. Helpful alerts that support meaningful use criteria relative to drug ordering.

  • Alerts about drug interactions – that two drugs should not be taken together
  • Checks for drug allergies
  • Notices about potential drug side effects
  • Warns about potential drug dosage errors based on the age, weight or gender of the patient.

The electronic health record system provides helpful information at the appropriate time to prevent medical errors and the loss of lives. But the electronic health record system only provides information. The doctor is still the authority. Health care providers can override the system. But with electronic health records, they can’t say they didn’t know.

The Dr. Conrad Murray / Michael Jackson trial is trying to determine if Dr Murray knowingly provided the lethal drug overdose.

Got questions?
about the HITECH Act, Electronic Health Records or the
Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS)
EHR incentive program
?

I invite you to claim free access to an informative interview audio titled

How To Convert To Electronic Health Records,
When I’m Completely Technology Adverse,
And Don’t Know Where To Start!

 

Is electronic health record adoption a mystery to you?

Don’t have the time or expertise?

Want to take advantage of EHR incentive money?

 

Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 today to schedule a

FREE Consultation!

to find out about our

MUSICMeaningful Use System Implementation Consulting MUSIC
Meaningful Use System Implementation Consulting)
Program

providing

EHR Software, HITECH Act, and Meaningful Use assistance!

Sandra Noble
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Medicaid Health Care Providers Alert: Want to Get Paid An Easy $21,000?

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Health Care Providers have been impacted by the economic problems in the United States. Patients are reducing or delaying treatments. So even if your medical practice has healthy revenues, it still could be better!

Health Care Providers

If you accept Medicare patients, you’re likely getting claims reimbursements that are less than from private payers. And is you accept Medicaid, the picture is even worse.

You know you need to automate.  You are aware of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and their requirements. You know that Medicare and Medicaid health care providers are required to get electronic health record (EHR) software.

But it takes TIME and MONEY on your part!

An easy way to solve the Money part is to get the EHR incentive payments for electronic health record adoption. The HITECH Act mandates that you put in an EHR by 2014 or else you get penalized on your Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements for medical claims.

Adopting an electronic health record system is one step. Then Medicare requires health care providers to do additional registrations. To qualify for the Medicare incentive payments, you also have to meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria in 2011… That is, unless you’re a Medicaid health care provider.

It’s EASY to get your Medicaid Incentive Payment!

If you’re a pediatrician and you had a 20% Medicaid patient load during a 90 day period last year
Or
If you’re an eligible provider who had a 30% Medicaid patient load during a 90 day period last year,
All you have to do is buy EHR software!

You don’t have to meet meaningful use criteria.
You don’t have to use the system at all.
And you qualify for $21,500!

 

 

Electronic Health Record System ContractHow’s that for Easy MONEY?

 

One article even said, all you have to do is sign a contract for electronic health record software and you qualify for the $21,500!

A $21,500 gift from the government. – The first year only.
After that you have to step up your game.

Note: Georgia health care providers still have to wait. The Georgia Medicaid EHR incentive program is not finalized yet. It is expected that you will be able to attest for your electronic health record system in September 2011 and begin receiving your $21,500 checks in October.

Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 to discuss Next Steps!

Got questions?
about the HITECH Act, Electronic Health Records or the
Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS)
EHR incentive program
?

I invite you to claim free access to an informative interview audio titled

How To Convert To Electronic Health Records,
When I’m Completely Technology Adverse,
And Don’t Know Where To Start!

 

Is electronic health record adoption a mystery to you?

Don’t have the time or expertise?

Want to take advantage of EHR incentive money?

 

Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 today to schedule a

FREE Consultation!

to find out about our

MUSICMeaningful Use System Implementation Consulting MUSIC
Meaningful Use System Implementation Consulting)
Program

providing

EHR Software, HITECH Act, and Meaningful Use assistance!

Sandra Noble
404-374-3384
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OBLE FINANCES
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OBLE & ASSOCIATES CONSULTING, INC

 

What’s This Health Care Legislation Called The HITECH Act?

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What’s This Health Care Legislation Called The HITECH Act?

The Symptoms: Health care costs are spiraling out of control in the United States. Without a corresponding increase in quality of medical care.

The Plan: The HITECH Act is the current remedy for the ailing American medical and health care industry.

Can we improve health care in the United States?

President George W. Bush thought we could. President Bush thought healthcare in America could be improved by leveraging health information technology. And in particular, he articulated his vision of an electronic health record for every American back in 2004.

HITECH Act: President George W. Bush and Barack ObamaAnd President Barack Obama agreed with President George W. Bush!!

Something called the HITECH Act became part of the Stimulus Bill, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(ARRA) of 2009. ARRA was not considered to be health care legislation, but a portion of it was devoted to the electronic health record vision of President George W. Bush.

When President Barack Obama signed the Stimulus bill on February 17, 2009, it included $19 Billion for incentive payments to health care providers and for enabling the adoption and the meaningful use of electronic health records.

What is the HITECH Act?

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is the sub-provision of ARRA which deals with health information technology, medical technology and electronic health records in particular.

The HITECH Act was to stimulate the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and health information technology in the United States.

Since electronic health record data must be exchanged and shared in a secure and private manner, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance requirements were addressed as well. The HITECH Act put some teeth into HIPAA laws by specifying sanctions and penalties for HIPAA violations which could be financial or include jail time!

What’s the goal of the HITECH Act?

The main objective of the legislation is to improve patient care. This goal includes controlling health care costs, reducing medical errors and improving the quality of health care delivery in the United States.

Who are the players?

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):

These are the people with the club. Reimbursements to Medicare and Medicaid health care providers will be reduced starting in 2015 – if a provider has not installed an Electronic Health Record System.

  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

The ONC is the principal Federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide health information technology initiatives and the electronic exchange of health information. The Office of the National Coordinator was established as part of the HITECH Act. Hence the ONC role is to carryout the HITECH Act.

  • Health Care Providers:

Hospitals, physicians and clinicians are the ones who have to invest time and money into the implementation of electronic health record systems. The good news is the HITECH Act provides incentive payments to ease the pain.

  • Health Information Exchanges (HIE):

The Health Information Exchanges enable and facilitate the exchange of health information. HIEs have begun on a regional level. Once the full roll out of the HITECH Act is complete, health care data will be exchanged between hospitals, between physicians, within regions, and nationally.

Also, some of the meaningful use criteria require exchange of data with public health entities.

  • Electronic Health Record Software Vendors:

It would be a daunting task for each health care provider to develop their own electronic health record software / system. Not to worry. There are hundreds of vendors who are providing electronic health record software

The key to qualifying for the meaningful use incentive payments is to implement CERTIFIED electronic health record software. Another role of the ONC is to certify electronic health record products and systems.

Need help sorting it all out?

Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 to discuss Next Steps!

Got questions?
about the HITECH Act, Electronic Health Records or the
Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS)
EHR incentive program
?

I invite you to claim free access to an informative interview audio titled

How To Convert To Electronic Health Records,
When I’m Completely Technology Adverse,
And Don’t Know Where To Start!

 

Is electronic health record adoption a mystery to you?

Don’t have the time or expertise?

Want to take advantage of EHR incentive money?

 

Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 today to schedule a

FREE Consultation!

to find out about our

MUSICMeaningful Use System Implementation Consulting MUSIC
Meaningful Use System Implementation Consulting)
Program

providing

EHR Software, HITECH Act, and Meaningful Use assistance!

Sandra Noble
404-374-3384
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OBLE FINANCES
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OBLE & ASSOCIATES CONSULTING, INC

 

Could an Electronic Health Record System Have Saved Michael Jackson?

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for hospitals and physicians who know that medical errors can be costly!

Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that

Michael Jackson had died?

Michael Joseph Jackson, who was referred to as the King of Pop, was an American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist.

Electronic Health Record

It’s been two years now since the death of pop *Superstar* and music icon, Michael Jackson…Tragically, a death from an overdose of drugs.

 

 

 

His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been on trial for murder, or more specifically involuntary manslaughter. No rational person believes that Dr. Murray was actually trying to kill Michael Jackson. It was just a mistake, a fatal medical error.

Murray didn’t know he was administering a drug overdose.

 

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report entitled “To Err Is Human”. The shocking revelation in this report was that 98,000 people die annually as the result of preventable medical errors. One study by Dr. David Bates indicated that the use of health information technology and health information systems could reduce drug errors by 55%. In another study, Dr. Bates’ research team saw a reduction of drug errors by a whopping 88%. An electronic health record system could help.

 

Patient safety and quality – a national priority.

 

In 2004, President George W. Bush explained his vision for electronic health records (EHRs) in the United States by 2014. The electronic health record goal was to prevent errors, mistakes and deaths due to physicians making uninformed decisions. In 2009 President Barack Obama, included the HITECH Act as part of the stimulus bill. The HITECH Act stipulated the adoption of electronic health records and the exchange of data between medical entities. But it also provided incentive money to physicians and hospitals that adopt electronic health records and use them in a meaningful way.

 

What’s Meaningful Use?

 

Hospital bar code enabled medication administration systems can verify that the right drug was given to the right patient in the right dose at the right time. This is an example of meaningful use. But the government, via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has specific criteria that medical providers (both physicians and hospitals) have to meet in order to qualify for the annual incentive money. Several of the incentive measures have to do with drugs:

  • drug-to-drug allergy checks
  • active medication list
  • active medication allergy list
  • e-prescribing (electronic prescriptions).

 

If Dr. Murray had an electronic health record system and all the drug checking was done, then maybe, just maybe, Michael Jackson would still be here.

 

You’re at RISK!

If you don’t

a) have electronic health record software

b) use EHR software in a meaningful way.

Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 for your RISK ASSESSMENT.

Got questions?
about the HITECH Act, Electronic Health Records or the
Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS)
EHR incentive program
?

I invite you to claim free access to an informative interview audio titled

How To Convert To Electronic Health Records,
When I’m Completely Technology Adverse,
And Don’t Know Where To Start!

 

Is electronic health record adoption a mystery to you?

Don’t have the time or expertise?

Want to take advantage of EHR incentive money?

 

Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 today to schedule a

FREE Consultation!

to find out about our

MUSICMeaningful Use System Implementation Consulting MUSIC
Meaningful Use System Implementation Consulting)
Program

providing

EHR Software, HITECH Act, and Meaningful Use assistance!

Sandra Noble
404-374-3384
N
OBLE FINANCES
N
OBLE & ASSOCIATES CONSULTING, INC