Electronic Health Record (EHR)

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Have you gotten on board with electronic medical records?

The HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) has mandated electronic health record (EHR) technology, which is electronic medical records (EMR) on steroids.

If you can say “yes” to the electronic medical records software question, then you’ve likely invested money for hardware and software with very little return on your investment – so far. Read More

Are There Electronic Health Records Benefits Besides The EHR Incentive Program?

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The 2009 HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) mandates that Medicare and Medicaid health care providers adopt Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology. And the HITECH Act in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) has set up an EHR incentive program.

Electronic Health RecordsMedicare and Medicaid physicians and health care providers who qualify for the EHR incentive program, can receive up to $44,000 or $63,750 respectively. But they must implement electronic health record software and demonstrate meaningful use of their EHR software.

My prior article “Should Health Care Providers Get EHR Software in 2011?” talked about why you might want to jump on board with electronic health records before the end of the year.

But you may be wondering: Why you need to invest in electronic health record software at all? Read More

Electronic Health Record Software: What’s The Best One For Your Practice?

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If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid Physician and eligible provider, you know you need electronic health record software. And the clock is ticking, especially for Medicare providers. EHR Software

The HITECH Act / Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which is part of the ARRA Stimulus Bill, has funded an EHR incentive program, which rewards physicians and hospitals for electronic health record adoption. Medicare providers must adopt electronic health record technology by 2012 in order to be eligible to receive the maximum incentive payment of $44,000.

There are HITECH Act penalties for HIPAA violations. Read More

Should Health Care Providers Get EHR Software in 2011?

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Should Health Care Providers Get EHR Software in 2011?

Electronic health record / EHR software is mandated by the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act). The HITECH Act includes an EHR incentive program as well. EHR Software

To avoid forfeiting part of the HITECH Act incentive money, Health care providers need to get started with electronic health record adoption and demonstrate the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services / CMS meaningful use criteria by 2012.

Should health care providers wait until 2012? Read More

How To Get From EHR Software to 100% Electronic Medical Records?

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The move is on to adopt EHR software by hospitals and private practice physicians. And once implemented, Medicare and Medicaid health care providers must demonstrate meaningful use of their
EHR software.

EHR, of course, stands for electronic health record. So EHR software refers to electronic health record software or an electronic health record system. And the ultimate outcome of EHR software is to have all of a health care provider’s medical records in electronic format.

Health care providers are motivated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act and its associated CMS EHR incentive program. The HITECH Act mandates the transition to electronic health record systems and EHR meaningful use in order to take advantage of benefits like financial incentives .

One year after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set criteria for electronic health records, 70% of hospitals expect to meet the first phase of the Meaningful Use guidelines this year.

Yet, 78% expect to continue to treat patients using paper records for up to five more years despite the financial incentive for meeting these requirements and an electronic medical record’s (EMR) inherent promise of a paperless treatment cycle.

excerpt from “Iron Mountain EMR Scanning Survey Report

 

EHR softwareThe contradiction is shocking. But there is a simple explanation:  Even though hospital have implemented EHR / EMR software, they don’t instantly have 100% digitized electronic medical records.  A lot of scanning of old paper records has to take place first.

So the lesson for the private practice physician is that there is a process to get to a completely automated practice with no paper records. It takes time. Resources need to be allocated to the scanning process, and there is a cost associated with that.

Purchasing EHR Software is one step. Scanning is another. Providers have to be strategic about  their scanning activities.  And be Patient.

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?

 

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