Archive for January, 2011

My EMR Choice launches One Stop Program for Electronic Medical Record Information

Monday, January 10th, 2011

My EMR Choice.com, llc, a healthcare technology process and evaluation company, is connecting physicians with Electronic Medical Record systems (EMR) through its One Stop EMR Advantage program.

A free service to medical staff and physicians, My EMR Choice matches a physician’s unique needs in selecting from the hundreds of Electronic Medical Record systems and related services.

“The HITECH Act requires physicians to move from paper to electronic medical records. This is a process, not just a product” says Doug Wallace, Executive VP of My EMR Choice. “Our signature advantage is our continually working with the physician throughout the sales process to ensure the accuracies in identifying and implementing of a fully computerized medical practice, as well as registering for incentive funds which have already begun to be paid out”.

The HITECH Act, part of the stimulus program of 2009, has allocated billions of dollars for EMR adoption and development of health Information exchanges. Spending on EMR systems is expected to exceed $3.8 billion in 2015, up from $2 billion in 2009. Doctors can receive incentive payments of more than $44,000 over four years if they update to an EMR system.

“In addition to selecting from hundreds of EMR systems, physicians need to make a choice among providers of broadband connectivity, security, computer tablets, patient portals, billing, and many other pieces to the puzzle. Perhaps none of these will compare to the interest we see developing for patient access to their own personal health record information (PHR), anywhere, anytime” said Wallace.

The One Stop EMR Advantage program is open to all healthcare and medical professionals. Information can be found by visiting the My EMR Choice website at www.myEMRchoice.com.

For 2011: How to Successfully Computerize a Medical Practice

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Follow these 13 steps to EMR Adoption and “Meaningful Use”, incentive payments

1. Commit to a transition from paper to computerization

2. Review Electronic Medical Record systems (ASP, Client-server, Hosted service)

3. Secure implementation and services that guarantee “meaningful use” (MU)

4. Scan and convert existing paper charts to electronic format with easy recall

5. Develop Patient Portal to connect to Practice (Registration, education, PHR)

6. Develop a Practice Website

7. Offer Patient Access to Personal Health Records

8. Computer tablets, iPad, slates, servers and PC’s

9. High speed Connectivity (Verizon, AT&T, Comcast)

10. Secure Financing Sources

11. Evaluate Billing and Revenue Cycle Management

12. Register for MU Incentive Payment Registration

13. e-Prescribing, Interoperability and Reports per MU Office of the National Coordinator