Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
What is it?
It’s a digital version of a paper chart that contains all of a patient’s medical history ensuring the data is accurate, appropriate and legible. It’s designed to accurately capture and represent the state of the patient, at all times and for a lifetime. It reduces the chances of data replication as there is only one modifiable file. The file is constantly up to date when viewed at a later time by staff. Having this in place will eliminate the issue of lost forms or paperwork. It will reduce medical errors and help with the standardization of forms, terminology and abbreviations, and data input.
“However, the increased portability and accessibility of electronic medical records also increases the ease with which information can be accessed and stolen by unauthorized persons or unscrupulous users. What measures to take then?”
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Solutions
Through the modernization of medical offices comes the task of making sure that the correct solution is selected to better suit your needs. With the aid of an experienced IT solution provider like NYC DATA SYSTEMS and with our broad range of experience in various fields and a knowledgeable team we can guide you through the simple process to comply with government mandates. We will work with you to accomplish this difficult task, in order to save time and money, improve workflow among employees and enhance care while optimizing revenue.
- Analyze current on-site IT infrastructure and practice needs
- Provide an assessment on current on site IT infrastructure and software
- Select hardware and software that are HIPAA compliant
- Design and Implement a solution to comply with government mandates that suit your needs
- Implement secure solutions for you network and on all hardware within the facilities
- Provide on-site and remote support, monitoring, and managed IT services
Are there penalties for providers who don’t switch to electronic health records (EHR/EMR)?
If Medicare eligible professionals, or EPs, do not adopt and successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR) technology by 2015, the EP’s Medicare physician fee schedule amount for covered professional services will be adjusted down by 1% each year. The adjustment schedule is as follows:
- 2015—99% of Medicare physician fee schedule covered amount
- 2016—98 % of Medicare physician fee schedule covered amount
- 2017 and each subsequent year—97% of Medicare physician fee schedule covered amount
If less than 75% of EPs have become meaningful users of EHRs by 2018, the adjustment will change by 1% point each year to a maximum of 5%(95% of Medicare covered amount).