Personal health records, once seen as a way for patients to have control of their medical information, are not nearly as prevalent as they once were. That’s due in large part to the wide spread push for electronic medical records (EMR) adoption, not to mention the fact that patients were responsible for manually updating the personal health record data. However, there are still a few around.
Physicians concerned about missing the window to adopt an e-prescribing system and qualify for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid incentive, need not worry. There is still time as the incentive is still available this year.
Managing patient flow is important for any size practice, but can be especially challenging for larger practices With multiple physicians and staff members moving between exam rooms, it is critical to keep track of patients and room assignments.
Software as a service (SaaS) offers an affordable alternative to installing an electronic medical record system and is perfect for doctors who have put off switching to an electronic medical record system.
Prompt and accurate billing to private pay insurance companies and other insurers provides the backbone for any physician’s office. It is no surprise that a substantial amount of a practice’s administrative duties center on working with some part of the billing process.
Smartphones are making it possible for physicians to do almost anything on the go. With a wide variety of applications, doctors can check drug interactions, search for disease information and even get a patient’s notes transcribed without ever setting foot in the office.
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), a nonprofit organization, has developed a specific criterion for evaluating electronic health records. It’s a way to know if an electronic health record (EHR) system would actually perform as good as, if not better than, the vendor promised. Call it a sort of Good Housekeeping seal of approval.
Increasing revenue while reducing overall costs is the goal of every successful business, including a doctor’s office, unfortunately, physicians often don’t have the resources necessary to do both effectively. For example, while the use of a practice management system greatly improves the practices revenue stream, it often requires a large initial investment in both time and money. So, instead of investing in a lot of new hardware and expensive software,...