Unlocking the specifications of cardiology EHRs

Cardiovascular diseases are among the most common worldwide, so the need for efficient and intelligent medical software is a must. Electronic health records are becoming more common in cardiology practices as well, according to a 2014 blog post by the American College of Cardiology.

Cardiologists are embracing EHRs
In fact, the ACC indicated that nearly 8 out of 10 cardiologists (78 percent) had been using EHRs over the past two years. This is a noted increase compared to 2012, when just 68 percent of cardiologists surveyed indicated that they had been using an EHR. A summer 2014 survey from the ACC stated that the reasoning behind this increase was due to EHR improvements in patient safety, quality care and adherence to medication.

Other features highlighted in the survey that have improved for cardiologists included:

  • Timely access to medical records (86 percent)
  • Prescription refills (84 percent)
  • The importation of lab results (76 percent)
  • Communication with other providers (57 percent)
  • The importation of imaging results (50 percent)

Cardiology EHRs are only getting better
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation also recently stated that EHRs have had a perception problem over the years, as many cardiologists expressed issues with federal requirements and altering the ways they deliver patient information in their practices. However, the source also noted that there have been improvements to software on the horizon.

Specific cardiology benefits from intelligent medical software
EHR templates, such as those offered from Meditab, can allow cardiologists to narrow down medical issues and ailments, some of which are extremely prevalent across all demographics. Here are a few cardiology-specific templates offered for physicians:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart murmur evaluations
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Myocarditis
  • Papillary muscle dysfunction
  • E&M coding
  • EKGs
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Valvular heart diseases
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Cardiac arrhythmia and tumors
  • Stress tests
  • Myocardial perfusion studies
  • Echocardiography
  • Prosthetic valve

Other cardiology EHR features and benefits:

  • IMS Go mobile device access: Cardiologists are known to be on to go, so mobile device access to these features and benefits are a must.
  • Meaningful use certified and ICD-10 compliant: Software needs to comply with federal regulations in order to receive incentive payments and offer better options for their patients.
  • Referral management: In most cases, cardiologists will have to handle referrals from primary care physicians.
  • Scalable solutions: The size of a cardiology practice may vary, so software that works with offices small and large is also important.
  • Linear viewer: A patient's cardiology history will often revolve around factors like family history and other actionable items need on a clinical flow chart.

EHRs offer robust workflow for cosmetic surgeons

Reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries are some of the most complex operations in the medical field, requiring high-tech solutions and enhanced communication between doctors and staff.

The complexities of plastic surgery better enabled with EHRs
According to Plastic Surgery Practice, reconstructive surgery is usually reimbursed through insurance coverage, while elective cosmetic surgeries typically are not. As such, cosmetic surgery practice medical personnel have their work cut out for them in terms of patient red tape and paperwork.

What's more, after 2015, penalties will be issued for providers that bill Medicare and Medicaid while not participating in meaningful use attestation. Plastic Surgery Practice pointed out that if your practice performs enough work on Medicare or Medicaid recipients, medical software can typically pay for itself over time. However, even if you aren't participating in these federal programs, there are many benefits to switching over to a paperless system.

Mobile solutions give cosmetic surgeons more flexibility.
Mobile solutions give cosmetic surgeons more flexibility.

EHRs benefit plastic surgery practices
Since the HITECH Act passed in 2009, numerous providers began making the switch to intelligent medical software. However, over the past few years, medical personnel have noticed that EHRs shouldn't come in a one-size-fits-all package, and cosmetic surgeons are no different. While all physicians need distinct features like ICD-10 compliance and authorization tracking, plastic and reconstructive surgeons have a specific set of demands that only templates can deliver.

This is where software like Cosmetisuite can really make a difference for both physicians and patients. Individuals can fill in their personal health information electronically through IMS Go, then the PHI is directly delivered to the cosmetic surgeon, complete with meaningful use attestation as well as reporting and tracking. Information is also exchanged quickly and securely while keeping up with HIPAA compliance. This allows doctors to put away their worries about data breaches and focus on their patients.

Remote access with mobile and tablets is another excellent feature of IMS, as cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons are often busy and need to these customized solutions to work with them, not against them.

Staff will also benefit from IMS because all of their resources for administrative tasks are in one easy-to-access platform, including billing information and flow charts.

Ultimately, IMS is the solution that plastic surgeons need to bring their operation into the 21st century. Not only does it greatly improve physician workflow, but it also enriches the care delivered to patients.