Tuesday, 9 April 2013

MyDoctorsChart - Dashboard

The Dashboard of mydoctorschart gives an overview of complete physician's activity. It is divided into six columns displaying;
  1. Claims summary,
  2. Pending Charts,
  3. CheckedIn Patients,
  4. New Messages for the user,
  5. Drafted Claims, and
  6. quick summary of Meaningful Use Points. 
Claims Summary:

Claims summary gives a quick over view of full paid, unpaid and partially paid claims. User can select date of service from top right corner and can get the required report. 

Pending Charts:

Pending charts displays a quick review of charts yet to be reviewed by the provider. Using the dashboard, the physician can directly go to charts,  review charts, sign and can get the work done. 

Checked-In Patients

The Checked-In patients indicate time, patients' name, provider and room of the patient. The status can be edited right from the dash board and once the patient is examined, the dash board window enables to check out the patient. 

By selecting the provider and relevant facility, it can show status of any provider as indicated in screen shot. There is an additional option of All and Today that helps to review the desired report. 

Draft Claims

Draft Claims displays quick link of today's appointed patients. The billing team can make use of it and can draft the claims directly through the dashboard. Besides, there is a link for patient search as well. The Biller can search the desired patient and can draft the claim of other patients as well. The total number of claims to be drafted are also displayed on the top of the screen. 

Besides these, the dashboard displays a quick summary of a provider's meaningful use activity. any pending measures would be displayed here and provider can complete as per scheduled time. The new messages appear towards the left and can be answered from thereon.

In-short, dashboard of MyDoctorsChart displays quick links for doctors ease and tasks can be worked upon with few clicks making the work more easier for the provider.  

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Digital Doctor

Steve Lohr in "The New York Times" refers Dr. David Blumenthal, statement as; "the evidence worldwide suggests that electronic health records are seen as part of the long-term answer to improving care and controlling costs."

The researchers observed that overall, 44 percent of physicians have implemented EHRs and 56 percent still use paper based records. The survey reports also revealed that appropriate use of electronic health record systems have brought great improvement in health sector by redefining the medical practices' usual routines.

Furthermore, the condition, for the use of specific measures, to have the CMS incentives has played a great role in the appropriate use of Electronic Health Record System.

Few years ago, the worst part of a visit to a doctor was to wait in a reception room among the other sick patients. The new healthcare innovations have streamlined it, and now it is far easier to make patients' advanced appointments and they can know how much time the doctor may take before clearing up into a waiting room chair.

Electronic Health Record has emerged as a good time management tool in multiple ways e.g. by giving patients, an access to their online medical records through patient portal or patient health record system. The PHR (Patient Health Record) has reduced a huge number of query calls to practices. They can now access their basic information, family history, medications, allergies, immunizations, diagnosis and lab results directly. Each patient is given a unique ID by the practice which enables the patient to access the records by signing in to the system.

On the other hand, the physicians are also looking for EHRs for a way to save time and money. The shift from paper based to digital system has been proved economical with less use of paper, less staff and availability of patient records with few clicks. In addition, the features like vitals, problems, medication history, allergies, patient charting, Lab Results, family history, social history have made the data access and review very simpler. The providers don't have to go through the whole file at every visit, scrolling few links brings forward the whole patient history.

Another great feature of EHRs is use of electronic prescriptions. Physicians can transmit the prescriptions directly to the pharmacy easily in access to the patient. This helps in preventing medication errors. Usually providers used to give handwritten prescriptions to the patient or fax it to a pharmacy. Pharmacist also used to have difficult time reading handwritten prescriptions and may have little or no information about the patient's condition for which the prescription is written. Therefore, e-prescription plays a major role in reducing the incidents like drug duplication by alerting providers and plays a vital role especially with regards to controlled substances.

Electronic lab reporting systems with EHR have also brought forward focused and expected improvements to the completeness and timeliness of reporting. Eventually, the purpose of introducing EHR into healthcare was to facilitate the patients and providers with accurate reporting, by giving them an easy access of data and its availability, to have an economical solutions, and time management with the use of technology and ultimately survey reports prove a successful achievement of the set goals.

Dr. David J. Brailer, former national coordinator for health information technology in the Bush administration, states "The real gains come from improving the quality of the information that the doctor receives, so it is more accurate, complete and timely."

MyDoctorsChart is a Drummond certified EHR (electronic health record). The web based EHR software is integrated with patient's past medical history, clinical examinations, surgical records, lab results, financial information and current assesments etc.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?Digital-Doctor&id=7341657

Monday, 15 October 2012

Web Based Electronic Health Records

Technologies have played a great role in healthcare department and electronic health records are one of real life examples. Web-based technologies have brought forward more sophistication and comfort in the EHR systems and have simplified its execution for the physicians. 

With web-based EHR, medical practices don’t have to pay initial expensive installation and maintenance fees for in-house data servers. It doesn’t require anything to install or download and physicians can start using the system as soon as they can login.

General survey reports of health care providers indicate that providers don’t adopt electronic health records with the top concern of time and resource utilization. They just don’t consider bearing the cost of EHR, but also the loss of revenue with additional hiring of staff and time spent on implementation of the system.

Moving to a web-based EHR offloads the responsibilities of maintaining those systems and the loss of revenue. There’s no hassle of software installation, managing updates or about the maintenance of hardware. Multiple EHR systems are now providing web-based technology like My Doctors Chart that instantly provide the whole information and updates right on the dash board and physician finds it easy managing both the practice and the patients.

These web-based systems don’t require the practice to make specific arrangements at their end. The EHR vendors like My Doctors Chart provide all the services remotely. A physician just requires a computer system with internet and web browser to access the whole patient data. They can login to the EHR anywhere they have access to the internet, can sign charts from home, track updates or access patient lab results even while traveling.

The practice's records are always securely available to the physicians.  On one hand, the availability of data is possible anywhere anytime, on the other, the encryption solutions keep the data transfer safe and protected. Besides that, web-based EHR would make the system up-gradation easy once the meaningful use stage 2 would be implemented and physicians won’t have to face the hassles of redoing the system adjustments.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Electronic Health Records and Small Practices

Healthcare had been facing multiple challenges with increased costs, work pressures and displeased patients and providers. With this increased burden, IT has become an essential managing tool for the healthcare department. Though multiple hospitals and small practices are adopting EHR (Electronic Health Record) but still the rate of adopting the technology is very slow especially in case of small practices and solo providers.

A report on the “adoption gap” claims that less than 11.3 percent of the small physician offices have fully implemented EHR systems whereas 88 percent of all medical offices are small practices. As per a survey report, one of the reasons of resistance in implementation of Electronic Health Record is a multiple typed work flow and physicians lack of management with it. They already feel themselves pressurized with work and take EHR as another hurdle or an additional pressure in the daily tasks.

As per our conversations with multiple doctors, we concluded; doctors does appreciate the neat and tidy work with an EHR, but they consider and take it as if they have assumed the role of a typist and are no longer in contact with their patients. Whereas on the other hand, it is equally as how we perceive things?

Generally working with an EHR, reduces multiple work pressures like, no prescription handling, no wastage of time in finding patient record, data and patients charts are available with few clicks, ease in patient communication with the use of PHR (Patient Health Record) etc. It is simply mastering the skill that can be gained with little familiarity with computers. 

Besides that, the EHR vendors are always helpful in making providers understand the system, the support team is available during working hours, and therefore, it just requires acquiring the right skill. Once the expertise is attained, the quality of work can be maintained simply.

Another concern being noticed is that, providers are desirous of an EHR (Electronic Health Record) that can be used to increase efficiency, save time and effectively communicate in the record. Here the responsibility lies on vendors to provide time efficient systems and communicate the right knowledge to right people effectively so that maximum people could take advantage of. The time conserving EHR have been introduced by multiple EHR vendors like MyDoctorsChart, a Drummond Certified EHR. The System works more effectively, taking less upload time, making a doctors life much simpler.

Secondly, following web based system is more effective reducing the burden of downloading the software and managing multiple technical issues etc. A web based system requires internet and a browser to run an EHR securely, whereas, support for technical issues regarding EHR can be managed remotely by the EHR vendor. There’s no need to worry about installing software, managing updates and maintaining the hardware.

The providers are not restricted to be in the same state as of the vendor with web based system, and the software can be accessed anywhere anytime securely with the use of login ID and password. This saves the provider from hiring any technical staff for the office.

Therefore, it is more economical for the providers to get started with a web based electronic health records. The work flow can simply be divided between front desk for scheduling and appointments, and the rest with Nurse Practitioner and the provider for a small practice. CMS is equally supporting economically by offering its incentive programs and there are multiple doctors who have received their first incentive payment by now.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Making the Most from EHR (Electronic Health Record)

Although, EHR has facilitated doctors incredibly but many health care facilities have been slow to replace paper-based records with EHR systems in previous years. Thanks to the EHR reimbursement rules in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, health care facilities are now more provoked than ever before to make EHR implementation.

There had been multiple reasons for the slow adoption of EHR (Electronic Health Record) few of these are like;
  1.  Cost of buying and implementing an EHR system
  2. Potential interruption to the daily operations of the medical practice imposed by implementation
  3.  Impact of an EHR system on a practice’s ability to conform with regulatory mandates

The above concerns have contributed to the slow adoption of the EHR systems.

Now physicians inclusive of small and midsized practices are on a way to the adoption of EHR encouraged by financial incentives and avoiding the risk of losing Medicare funding.

To meet the obstacles and concerns that have disinclined medical practices to move ahead for the implementation of electronic health record, medical practices are supposed to get selective while choosing an EHR vendor, making a careful selection. A careful planning for the issues like quality and speed, ongoing reliability, security and compliance, can result into acquisition of desired EHR system.

Another aspect for the practices is to make sure that the right technology is in place for the smooth transition from a paper based to digital record systems. The successful EHR system would help them meet the following key factors.

Speed and Reliability:
As medical practices are going to rely on EHR systems to create, store, share and retrieve patient information every day, the technology refresh would help achieve the goals in minimum time. This can be achieved two ways, 

(i) by adopting an EHR with upgraded and advanced speed features 
(ii) by updating their PC more often because the newer PCs are much faster than the older PCs. 

This can save much of the physicians’ time.

Data Availability:
With web-based EHR, medical practices can deal with emergency cases most effectively assessing patient data with few clicks. No matter, what time is it, even though a patient calls the physicians in late hours, provider can easily access the record and advise appropriately. On other hand, data is available anywhere, anytime whenever required. Besides that, with the paper based system, a provider have to search the patient file incase a patient visits after many years. The data on EHR system reduces this fatiguing task providing the record with few clicks.

Cost Effectiveness
According to a whitepaper from a telecommunication network, provider Qwest, medical practices that use EHR effectively have lower personnel costs than those that rely on paper records.

Better Decision Making Abilities
HHS explains “The data and timeliness and availability of it will enable providers to make better decisions and provide better care.” EHR systems give providers better and timely information about the patients which will enable them to make right decisions effectively.

Fewer Medical Errors:
EHR systems improve the precision and clarity of medical records diminishing its errors. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms that “there are numerous ways in which EHRs can diminish diagnostic errors.” Including sorting and arranging the medical record, permitting uninterrupted updating of information, providing reliable information of tests and results and creating a forum for discussion about evaluation and diagnosis.

Improved Staff Efficiency  
EHR enhances administrative staff efficiency when patient’s chart and information is available through computer. They don’t have to spend time in finding the record from the files. Scheduling of patients’ visits, contacting patients, and preparing patient information in advance are the tasks that can be handled most effectively with EHR. This also saves time in making handwritten notes for the physicians. The reduction of multiple manual works saves time and improves productivity.

Protection and Security:
As medical practices intend to meet the confidentiality and privacy of patient data and information, the technology in security advancements for creating, storing and sharing the patient data is of immense importance. The advanced security features help protecting the confidential information much better and are less susceptible to virus and spyware.

Online Support:
Advances in medical technology are making it much more efficient and cost effective to get technology support for PCs in medical practices. Today there are multiple softwares and advancements that help in fixing the computer issue remotely instead of having someone specific in the office to manage the software issues. A single person can look after multiple practices remotely that would not only reduce downtime but also increase productivity and lowers ongoing support costs. 

Web-based EHR are more Feasible
The most feasible feature in the EHR is the web based service. This reduces the burden on hard drive as the software is not installed in the system but is available in the browser. The medical practices need to have a good internet connection that will help them connect with the data most effectively. Moreover, the data is much safer with that diminishing the hard disk failure risk.

Improves Time Management
Physicians who use EHR systems can deliver quality care to more patients in the same amount of time because they spend less time in pursuing the information during patient’s visits and instead they achieve better patient care rather than data arrangements and organization same time.  

Reduce Redundancy of Work
Implementation of current electronic health record helps physicians to ensure that they have accurate access to the information, that provide all tests and results data ordered previously and what medication / treatment has been prescribed so far. With this medical history, doctors would not order tests unnecessarily that would additionally save the diagnosis time ensuring what treatment patient has undergone previously.

The adoption of EHR (electronic health record) has improved in recent years. Federal government is providing generous financial incentives to enhance adoption rate and if not, has imposed penalty after 2015. With every invention, it has been difficult for people to easily accept its adoption, but slowly and gradually people start realizing the vast positive effects and suppleness that result into smooth workflow of the practice. Those who adopt the right EHR and vendor start reaping the fruits with operational, clinical and administrative work smoothness.   


Monday, 25 June 2012

Implementation of Electronic Health Records

Implementation of Electronic Health Records

A survey report says that healthcare in the U.S. costs around $2 trillion per annum, or more than $6,600 for every man, woman and child in the country. Whereas, streamlining healthcare with the elimination of medical errors, extra labor costs and general expenses caused by massive use of paper could benefit up to $300 billion each year, according to the national coordinator for health information technology under former President George W. Bush.
The core consensus is the implementation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) at massive scale to convert the paper based system into paperless saving the economy at massive scale. The true implementation of an Electronic Health Record would be spreading a vast network; linking all the hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices. This would help in transmission of patient data with few clicks anywhere anytime.
Initially few providers got cynical in adoption of Electronic Health Record considering it a barrier to quality time spent between patient and doctor. They didn't want to bother with the added chore of learning a new computer system, no matter what virtues does it offer. However, the user friendly EHRs reinstated doctors' opinion that gradually doubled the percentage of using EHR in the past two years according to an announcement by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The current proportion of the use of EHR went up from 16% in 2009 to 35% in 2011.
EHR implementation benefits are not merely restricted to patient care and easy access of data but it also helps in quick disease detection, improve surveillance, quality comparisons, benefiting the society at a larger scale. One of the big hurdles in the way of EHR adoption was the high cost, being charged by each vendor. This needs to be taken care of at larger scale to improve its implementation. Now many vendors offer very user friendly and cost effective EHR software for the doctors.
As per the US government policy, it has become mandatory for all providers to adopt EHR by the year 2014; afterwards there would be a penalty on the yearly income already prescribed by the Government. The adoption of EHR doesn't merely rely on providers, there comes a heavy duty on the vendors to provide a very economical and user friendly product that itself could appeal the physicians. The implementation carries a massive concern not merely benefiting the individual but the country economy as well on the larger scale.
MyDoctorsChart is Drummond certified EHR electronic health record. MyDoctorsChart offers easy to use and affordable EHR software for the doctors. One of its users' comments as: "MyDoctorsChart is so user friendly that a doctor doesn't feel any need to even contact the support staff."
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7081918

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Few Lines About MyDoctorsChart ... An Electronic Health Record
Adoption of electronic health record is one of the set forth objectives for 21st Century’s Medical World. It’s an innovative approach converting a paper based system into paperless with increased efficiency and less fiscal burdens.

MyDoctorsChart, is a comprehensive digital patient care system integrated with EHR, medical billing and transcription services; certified by Drummond; an ONC-ATCB authorized certification body. The system enables better management of data handling and processing, making doctors’ life digital.

Who knows physicians’ concern better than physicians?
MyDoctorsChart is an EHR solution; designed and developed with a keen observation by a group of practicing physicians. It has been developed and tested in real-time outpatient clinic environment. As a result; the EHR has emerged with a simple to use interface that is the key feature of MyDoctorsChart. It gives high importance to client’s queries and suggestions with integration of user-end requirements improving & updating the quality of their EHR.

How does EHR increase work efficiency?
The biggest barrier in quality health care is the extended hours; physicians spend with patients and still over look some elements. Using EHR increases care when providers have the whole patient record in access whenever and wherever it is required. A physician can access all the details of the patient of each visit with one simple click with the use of an electronic health record.

Additionally, EHR has made the challenges of communication much simpler like, of transferring information of patient’s charts, insurance information, of billing etc. A physician doesn’t have to fax a prescription to pharmacy; it’s built-in in an EHR and done right from the computer. Ranging from Patient Scheduler, Patient Problems, Vital Signs, Allergy and Immunization, Social History, Lab Results, Alerts and Clinical Decision Rules, an EHR helps providers with key clinical information surprisingly improving work efficiency. Resultantly; a provider can see more patients in the same working hours using an EHR.

Eligibility for Meaningful Use Incentive Program.

The 2011/2012 EHR criteria support the stage 1 “meaningful use” measures essential to qualify eligible healthcare providers for grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Under the Act, eligible providers can earn incentive payments in excess of $44,000 if they are able to exhibit “meaningful use” of a certified EHR.

MyDoctorsChart, which met the requirements for Complete EHR Electronic Health Record Ambulatory Certification, is a complete web-based application designed to help providers achieve “meaningful use” and having one stop solution enabling providers to code correctly and transcribe their notes instead of typing. The measures report can be generated anytime with Automated Measure Calculator facilitating providers to track their proper implementation of all measures of EHR.

MyDoctorsChart got certified on Sept 30, 2011, with certification ID Number: 09302011-1362-5. The certified Clinical Quality Measures are NQF0013, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0059, NQF0061, NQF0064, NQF0421, with additional softwares like Krames Patient Education; NewCropRx and Email.

An Affordable Electronic Health Record

MyDoctorsChart offers very economical EHR package for the providers. The flexible pricing options permit the providers to organize the deployment of adopting the EHR at their practice comfortably. Unlike, other EHRs; MyDoctorsChart is a very economical and cost-effective Electronic health record. With additional integration of medical billing and medical transcription services; necessary for a health care practice; makes it an effective one-stop application for the providers. 

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