Archive for April, 2010

Why Shop for Electronic Medical Records in 2010?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Why should you shop for and evaluate EMR systems in 2010?

1. EMR Software Stimulus. Up to $44,000+ in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement payments for adopting a “meaningfull use” a certified electronic medical records software system by 2014. Meaningful use is a certification by CCHIT, with an option to have a private certification.

2. Electronic Prescribing (eRx). With bonuses of 2% on allowable Medicare Part B charges in 2009 and 2010 and penalties beginning in 2012, your practice will save by adopting an EMR with electronic prescribing.

3.EMR Software Tax Deductions. The US tax code Section 179 deduction. This means that the write-off amount is approx $250,000 with a bonus 50% depreciation.

4. Benefits of Electronic Medical Records. The HITECH incentives, substantially reduced initial capital expense with a Off-Premise(web-based) EMR system and the efficiency cost savings are acheivable.

5. Retiring by 2014? Then get a low cost EMR system in place NOW and add 10% to your practice sale price by offering a fully computerized EMR system and trained staff.

Will Patient PHR be populated by EMR?

Friday, April 16th, 2010

As Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) become more accepted and widely used by physicians to replace paper charts, the rise of Personal Health Records (PHR) is the next hot “killer app”.

Patient PHR, soon to be available “Anytime, Anywhere, On Demand” will be best served if the data contained is being provided by a physicians EMR system. This will keep consistent, up to date data for docs and pconsumers alike. Other benefits of current PHR includes the ability for patients and doctors to have a meaningful exchange of information. That is, some things should be noted in a Medical Record that are not, and some information in a patients record is note disclosed to the patient.

In addition, patients will be able to monitor the medication and conditions of loved ones who need assistence. Insurance companies can have a true reading of a consumer to provide the best coverage. Any all of that redundant paperwork for new enrollments will go away.

Initially, the basic data contained in a patients PHR include Conditions, Allergies, Medications, Procedures, Immunizations and Test results.

EMR and PHR must share six data points:

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Regardless of the components called for in “meaningful use” Electronic Health Records #EHR, a paperless charting system should seamlessly update, import and export patient-friendly Personal Health Record data, including:

Condition
Allergies
Medications
Procedures
Immunizations
Test Results

These 6 datasets should be readily available to the patient/doctor “anywhere, anytime, on-demand”.

Consumers ping Facebook and Twitter all day long, but what is more important than your own Personal Health Record information?

Will the iPad Storm to the Front of the EMR Crowd?

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The long awaited and hyped availability of the Apple’s iPad is sure to raise eyebrows of those moving from paper based to of Electronic Medical Records. Although it does not run on a open system, the iPad may have doctors considering giving up comfort for style.

Ideally, a EMR solution served up on a ASP model and being delivered to the physician on the slick iPad device seems like one sexy solution. But those who elect this solution to EMR adoption may have to consider if they want to be all in with team Apple. Consider:

Currently, the EMR system has to run quickly on Apple’s proprietary OS and wireless carrier. What if a EMR system is designed on a not-so-Apple-user friendly platrorm? Many EMR systems offer Flash generated video clips and links for information and education. Flash will not play ball with Apple. 75% of all web videos use flash. Also, your options for web browsers boils down to one: Safari.

What if Dr. iPad decides to migrate to non-Apple options in the future? You can’t take your locally stored information with you. And, developing new EMR applications to run on your new iPad will be as simple as…breaking into Fort Knox.

Will the iPad generate enough curb appeal to convince docs to go all in with  the new device? Or will physicians be charmed by a platfrom that does not play well with others? The answer at this writing seems to be a crystal clear 50-50.