There’s no doubt that mobile healthcare—often referred to as mHealth—has the ability to transform healthcare as we know it. Mobile health technology, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, tablets, and other wireless devices allow physicians to make decisions quickly at the point of care. These devices are revolutionizing the way in which physicians diagnose, treat, and communicate with patients.
Clinical, Financial and Administrative Insights For Physicians
In all the upheaval about dropped insurance and online healthcare markets, one piece of the Affordable Care Act that impacts healthcare providers may have been lost. Section 1104 of the ACA, which is also called the Administrative Simplification section, lays out some rules about the insurance adjudication process that are important for providers of all sizes to understand. Deadlines for compliance began on January 1, 2013, though some rules require effective dates of January 1, 2016.
Even though EMR is becoming commonplace in the healthcare industry, statistics show that the number of practitioners who are experiencing EMR dissatisfaction is on the rise. Most of these practitioners have been using EMR for a few years, yet they're still experiencing difficulties that are resulting in EMR dissatisfaction. Perhaps you can relate, and you're also not happy with the system you're using in your practice.
Through the studies that have been done in order to help us understand the satisfaction levels of physicians using EMR, there are a few reasons why the experts believe these EMR users aren't enjoying their EMR as much as they should be. By correcting these problems, satisfaction levels should increase, resulting in more profitable practices, happier patients, and content physicians and medical staff.
Lack of Vendor Support
Vendor support is a key component to ensuring EMR satisfaction. However, it is not only limited to the implementation stage, even though that stage is vital to the success of the system. The most recent Family Practice Management survey tested the satisfaction levels of practitioners using various EMR systems. While there were some that were happy with the support they received from their vendor, most of the physicians surveyed responded negatively. They felt that adequate support was not given during the training process, and they also felt that as time went on, their vendor was not responsive to their needs.
Just when you think your office is working well with your new EMR system in place, ICD-10 comes along and starts to put you into a panic. Are you prepared for the changes that will take place when ICD-10 actually becomes a reality and a requirement? Being unprepared will cost your practice a lot of money. As with any big change in medical coding, preparation ahead of time is the key to ensure that your staff is ready to handle all of the new requirements. Even though ICD-10 won't go into effect until October 2014, there are many steps you need to be taking now to be sure every piece of your EMR puzzle is in place.
One of the most common complaints physicians have about electronic medical records is the difficulty of balancing using the EMR and patient interaction. If you're like most physicians, you entered into your profession because of your desire to help other people. Regardless of the age group you work with on a day to day basis, patient interaction has always been high on your priority list. While EMR has proven successful in making your practice more efficient, the challenge of continuing to give your patients the personal attention they need from you still exists. However, by making a few small changes to your encounters with your patients, you can still maintain your interaction with them while successfully using your EMR system.
Electronic medical records have come a long way since physician Lawrence L. Weed first conceived of the concept in the 1960s. Actually, the healthcare industry was one of the last industries to embrace a computerized way of keeping records. Even when it began to catch on, many physicians resisted making the change from paper charts and hand-written notes. Instead, they focused on their billing and patient registration departments, and utilized electronic systems in those areas initially.
Barriers to Adoption of EMR Systems
The adaptation and development of information technology for the healthcare industry has moved treatment modalities rapidly forward and has greatly improved the way we deliver healthcare. Now, technology has become an essential component of the business model - whether in a major county hospital system, a small rural urgent care or a specialized practice such as podiatry.