What is HIE? And how is it benefiting cardiology?

This year was a big one for the health IT industry, and one of the most well-known catch phrases you've likely heard from many medical professionals relates to electronic health information exchange.

What is HIE?
In short, HIE is an comprehensive health IT system that allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists and many other professionals within the health care industry to share patient information by electronic means, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of HIE is to streamline patient care and give doctors greater access to patient needs.

For decades, paper was the go-to means of storing patient information in practices and hospitals. However, as health tech has become increasingly more sophisticated, many doctors are moving toward electronic health records. According to HHS, sharing patient information between medical professionals leads to four important benefits:

  • Avoiding readmissions
  • Reducing the rate of medication errors
  • Enhancing diagnoses
  • Lowering duplicate testing

The HHS has stated that medical software is in no way trying to replace the value of the patient-physician communication experience, but rather improve it with a standardized process.

How does HIE benefit cardiology?
EHRs have already begun to make an impact on cardiology. According to the American College of Cardiology, 78 percent of cardiologists have reported that they used EHRs for at least two years or more. What's more, nine out of 10 cardiologists admitted to having a full-functioning EHR.

Several leading cardiologists expressed to the source that EHR systems have improved their practices in many ways. Some of these include improved medical billing and coding applications, e-prescriptions, better patient care and more accurate knowledge when it comes to workflow.

Interoperability was also cited as a major perk with HIE. For U.S.-based systems, this type of technology is practically a must for cardiologists, as they handle quite a few referrals and see many types of patients for their services. Having streamlined access to a patient's EHR can allow a primary care physician to communicate with a cardiologist in a much more timely and accurate manner. Imaging and other notes can be shared between doctors as well, which can save patients time and money.

Implementing HIE also has practical benefits for cardiologists as well, as there are meaningful use incentives and other financial benefits related to switching over to an HIE and EHR platform. However, in the long run, these innovations are ultimately there to help patients better manage their  medical finances, track their health needs and monitor important or missing health information.

EHRs prove beneficial for pediatricians

The development of electronic health records has taken over many specialties in medical care, and pediatrics is no exception. There are many reasons why pediatricians are making the move to EHR software, according to Modern Medicine. Some doctors are implementing EHRs to receive incentive revenue from the federal government, while others have them as part of accountable care organizations. No matter what is driving EHR adoption in pediatrics, one thing is clear: These innovations are proving beneficial for doctors, parents and patients alike.

The source noted that the way you have your EHR workstation set up in each exam room can play a big role in the success of your practice. For instance, having a printer in each room allows pediatricians to easily provide school notes and physical forms, while positioning the EHR with a large screen can help parents see and track their child's progress.

How EHRs are making a difference in child care
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are several ways that personal electronic health records for child patients can prove beneficial in your practice:

  • Parents can better manage their their child's health. Patient portals can be accessed from anywhere, which can be particularly useful when pediatricians are out of the office or not on call. This puts patients in the driver's seat and creates better communication between doctors and parents.
  • Data can be easily exchanged between patients and doctors: A child's personal and demographic information, emergency contacts, history of hospitalizations or surgeries, immunizations, lab and test results, and insurance data can all be stored in one convenient Web portal. This creates less hassle for pediatricians during visits, allowing you to spend more time discussing important matters with parents and patients.
  • EHRs were designed for data exchange and meant to be able to withstand frequent changes. Because child patients go through many notable changes and require several vaccinations and immunizations, EHRs can help keep better track of these milestones than traditional paper records. Tracking routine visits and growth charts can also be managed easily with this type of technology. 
  • Medical codes for pediatric care are simplified with intelligent medical software, as templates are used to configure billing for you. This is especially important considering the upcoming ICD-10 switch slated for 2015. 
  • These same templates can also be utilized to track specific pediatric ailments, such as ADHD diagnoses and assessments, child and adolescent psychiatry, nutritional counseling, ear and throat issues, and asthma. 

How podiatrists are using EHRs to better their practices

Podiatry has been one of the leading medical fields when it comes to health IT and electronic health record integration, and investments in these technologies are already starting to pay off. Because podiatry is such a specialized practice, there is a crucial need for the latest in EHR advancements.

One of the areas in which podiatrists have really shined with EHRs is the federal meaningful use program. Purchasing an EHR system and implementing it into your practice is a large expenditure, especially for busy doctors. However, according to Podiatry Today, the return on investment with this type of technology outweighs the cost in the long term, particularly with accuracy and efficiency. Integrating a practice management system allows podiatrists to only enter in patient information once, which reduces the risk of errors. 

"Integrating a practice management system allows podiatrists to only enter in patient information once, which reduces the risk of errors."

A lot of practices are watching their bottom lines these days, and podiatry EHRs allow doctors to reduce the need for additional staff and also save money sustainably by going paperless.

Podiatry and coding
Software also has many noted benefits in terms of code sets. Remaining ICD-10 compliant is a must for 2015, as ICD-10 plans to change the many existing medical codes and add in new procedures and treatments. Additionally, EHR software can let podiatrists conduct patient insurance verification before planned visits so deductibles and co-pays are determined in advance. Documentation such as driver's licenses and insurance cards can also be implemented into an EHR system for easy access. After a claim is made, the software processes the payment electronically immediately, saving staff time and allowing doctors to spend those additional minutes with their patients. Imaging is another area where EHRs can prove beneficial for podiatrists, as issues like stress fractures, sprains and broken bones are common with the foot and ankle. 

Like any other aspect of your practice, implementing an EHR into your workflow will take time and training, so it's important to prepare for these changes well in advance. Creating scheduling templates and referral management is crucial as well with an EHR system, as podiatrists are often recommended by primary care providers. EHRs are also quite mobile and scalable, so podiatry practices of all sizes can reap the benefits of software technology. Although installing an EHR platform will be a big change for your practice, the payback is well worth the investment down the road. 

Great tips for boosting pain management care with EHRs

Electronic health records are becoming one of the fastest growing innovations in the medical world, granting empowerment to doctors and patients alike. However, one of the most impactful fields EHRs could play a significant role in is pain management. 

According to a study published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, health information technology and rapid-learning health care models through a pain management EMR could promote better clinical care and research when it comes to treating cancer patients. However, the source did note that data interoperability, national data policies on IT systems as well as workflow all need to be considered in order for these innovations to make an impact on pain management.

"According to a study published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, health information technology and rapid-learning health care models through a pain management EMR could promote better clinical care and research when it comes to treating cancer patients."

Working with EHRs to increase patient engagement
Patients suffering from chronic pain need real-time solutions on a widespread scale, and EHRs could be an answer for these desired outcomes. Here are some of the ways that EHRs can help doctors improve pain management care: 

  • It's likely that many pain management patients will be prescribed medications, some of which may be addictive. EHRs can efficiently track e-prescriptions so that doctors know when and where patients were receiving high-risk prescription drugs. Built-in safeguards such as these allow for great patient protection and long-term health. In the same vein, e-prescriptions allow patients to order and review their medicine before they leave the doctor's office, saving time and money.
  • Patient portals allow individuals to take charge of their health and grant online interaction with their providers. 
  • Doctors can access the patient's record prior to entering the exam room easily with mobile devices and tablets. This allows doctors to have data on-hand prior to the appointment so that they can spend more face time with those who really need it. Likewise, patient portals can let people access their files or prescriptions remotely from home.
  • EHRs are very mobile, so doctors can have the opportunity to turn the monitor around while discussing treatment options or sharing radiological images. 
  • Return visits are likely in pain management centers. With an EHR already in place for your patients, there's no need for individuals to fill out various forms every time they enter your office. This reduces wait times and allows the doctor to see more patients on a daily basis. 
  • When coding efforts are accomplished electronically, it gives doctors more time with high-risk patients and less time with administrative tasks.

Meditab Partner Summit 2014

We had an inspiring event in St. Pete’s, reaffirming that the key to our success this year and next is to seek out collaboration. Our partners are expanding their definition of colleagues to include other partners and clients as well!  We are encouraged by the ideas they have begun to share! These ideas will be the key to our success, so we encourage everyone to work together and rely on each other to achieve greatness – we will do the same!

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We would like to extend our congratulations once again to the Meditab 2013 / 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award recipients!

Dave York
Fox Meadows
Partner with Highest Sales

Jason Keele
1st Providers Choice
Partner with Most New Providers

Vance Nelson
Healthtec Software
Rookie of the Year

Thanks again to our partners for their activity on our Facebook event page, Twitter, and LinkedIn! You can go back and take a look at what others shared here, or watch this video!

Welcome to Lawrence Perea and Kendall Godshall

We’re happy to announce the addition of two new members to our marketing team – welcome to Lawrence Perea and Kendall Godshall!

Lawrence is Meditab’s new Marketing Director and will manage the overall responsibilities for developing the annual marketing plan to establish Meditab’s suite of customizable high-end intelligent medical software solutions as the go-to market leader.  Lawrence will also provide planning and leadership to the marketing and sales teams by ensuring that the appropriate structures, systems, competencies and values are developed in order to meet and exceed the team’s goals.

Originally from Albuquerque, Lawrence recently moved to Sacramento to join Meditab as Marketing Director after many years in Chicago. He has more than 11 years in digital and online marketing management for mid-size to large corporations in B2B product development and professional services and enjoys the outdoors, music and the arts.

Kendall is Meditab’s new Marketing Specialist and will be working closely with Lawrence, the Account Management Team, and the Value Added Services Team to establish engaging marketing strategies for the website, product promotions, newsletters, special events, and other projects.

Kendall graduated from San Diego State University with her B.A. in Sociology.  Her previous work experience includes email marketing consultation for B2B and B2C programs, creative building, blog writing, database management, and high-end sales. She enjoys crafting, choreographing, and exploring the vast Northern California terrain.

Meditab Fresno Office Featured in The Business Journal

We’re happy to share that our Fresno office and the recent Open House event they held for clients was featured in The Business Journal.

The article discusses the launch of the latest version of IMS, the Fresno Open House and includes comments from Dr. Tushar Patel on how satisfied he is with Meditab’s IMS.

The Business Journal serves the business community in Fresno and central San Joaquin Valley, reaching approximately 8,000 readers and covering new trends, international trade, technology, retail and media, as well as other issues related to business.

 

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Join Us at Our Annual Partner Summit this October

We will host our annual Partner Summit from October 16-19 at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida this year and we invite you and your team to join us!

This educational event will include business development opportunities, product training, hands-on implementation/troubleshooting labs, as well as networking opportunities. Our partners are encouraged to bring along their staff members as this is a chance for the whole team to maximize its knowledge of the Meditab products and learn more about our Partner program.

There will be three distinct tracks, tailored to various aspects of business.  The program will be broken down as follows:

Track 1: Sales/Business Development

Track 2: IMS Product/Support & Implementation

Track 3: Hands-on Support Labs

The 2014 Meditab Partner Summit will provide your team with an opportunity to meet the people behind the IMS products, network with your peers and engage with vendor partners.  Attendees will have the chance to:

  • Hear about new products and solutions that can help you grow your business.
  • Discuss industry requirements such as Meaningful Use and ICD-10.
  • Gain hands-on experience with new products like IMSGo, IMSFaxCloud, IMS CarePortal and more.
  • Share best practices and experiences in partner-to-partner sessions with your peers.
  • Learn about offerings from our vendor partners that can help your bottom line.
  • Engage with guest speakers that will provide valuable tips for growing and maintaining your business.
  • Speak with the Meditab team about your challenges in the hands-on support labs and implementation sessions.

Registration is $299 per person and covers all sessions, materials, and on-site meals. Each additional person from the same business can attend at a discounted rate of $249 per person.  For more information on this summit and to register, visit http://www.meditab.com/meditab-partners-2014/.

IMS Helps Practices of All Types

If you’re looking for information on the experiences that our clients have had using IMS, be sure to visit our Client Stories page.  We have been fortunate enough to work with a variety of practices and they each have a unique story of success.

For example, there’s the profile of Colorado River Pediatrics, a busy practice that had been using a system going through a rebranding.  Running the office on separate EHR and practice management systems that didn’t communicate with one another, they knew it was time for a change. In IMS they found the fully integrated, certified system for which they had been looking.

Dr. Barton has been able to customize the well-child checks for each age and said, “I like that it helps me stay focused and thorough and really saves me a lot of time in the exam room.”

Then there is the story of Allergy & Asthma Associates of Laredo.  After 10 years of wanting to go electronic, this specialized practice finally made the jump and went green with IMS.  Dr. Jane Unzeitig was able to achieve her goal of providing an even higher level of care, while also going green.

Additionally, the customization options help Dr. Unzeitig give her own voice to all communications coming out of her office. “With the options in AllergyEHR, as well as the Dragon speech recognition system I use, I can create sentences to sound the way that I talk. This is an important feature to me because as a practice that frequently consults and refers to other physicians, we’re always sending out letters and I like that they don’t have to sound generic.”

We’ve even had the privilege of working with a solo psychiatric practitioner.  Dr. Aarti Kapur wanted to start her own psychiatric practice on the right foot – with a robust, customizable EHR system that could support her specific needs.  She selected Meditab IMS and hasn’t looked back since.

You can read more on these practices and others at http://www.meditab.com/client/client-quotes/.

IMS v14.0 SPI Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of our IMS v14.0 SPI, a new build of IMS, certified for Stage 2 of the MU program. This new build will help physicians in achieving MU as they move to Stage 2.

Some of the upgrades include:

  • Health Information Exchange
  • Formulary and RXHub
  • PQRS Claims Reporting 2014
  • Ambulance Billing
  • Dialysis Billing
  • Support HL7 version 2.5.1
  • Various bug fixes

Our CarePortal, which allows providers to engage patients by providing anytime access to educational information, Rx, labs, diagnosis, appointment requests, confidential messaging, and bill pay, is also ready for implementation.

For more information on Meditab’s new build please see visit our website – http://www.meditab.com.