Changing to electronic medical records is one of the most important decisions a Physician’s practice will make. EMR software is responsible for patient, operational, financial and clinical information and will have an enormous impact on the organization and their clinicians. A well-implemented system will improve the management of patient records through physicians, Physicians assistants, nurses and supplementary staff.
The $19 billion health information technology investment authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)’s HITECH program presents a landmark opportunity to catalyze improvement of our nation’s health care system. The initial standard for “meaningful use” focuses on uses of health IT that will actually help improve care and accelerate payment reform. The standard for “meaningful use” will be made more stringent over time, as is anticipated in the HITECH Act in years 3 to 5 of the HITECH incentive payments program.
The vast majority of the $19 billion in HITECH investments go to temporary bonuses paid by Medicare and Medicaid to health care providers who can demonstrate “meaningful use” of “certified EHRs.” These payments range from $44,000 to $64,000 per physician paid out over five years. EMR Solutions can help Providers be assured that their system will comply with these rules, both now and long-term.
There are many third party organizations that are eager to jump into the fray. They offer money to purchase EMR Software/Solutions through the use of grants. EMR Solutions can help a Physician’s office research what grants are available to them, assist in completing all necessary documentation and implement any interface into their new EMR system.
Currently there are hundreds of EMR vendors all touting that their system is the best, the best bang for the buck, etc. But how can a Physician know which is best for their practice? EMR Solutions can help the practice weed through the maze of vendors to help find the best solution for each Physician.
In order to properly identify and evaluate the appropriate solutions, an organization must have an idea of their wants, what needs to be done and the goals they hope to accomplish. By creating a Functional Requirements document we establish all of the functions that an EMR must have to satisfy your organizations needs.
A request for proposal (referred to as RFP) is an invitation for suppliers, often through a bidding process, to submit a proposal on their EMR systems. A bidding process is one of the best methods for leveraging a company's negotiating ability and purchasing power with suppliers. The RFP process brings structure to the procurement decision and allows the risks and benefits to be identified clearly upfront. EMR Solutions will help you draft the request and identify potential suppliers, assuring that all identified suppliers will have an equal opportunity to respond.
By creating a matrix to evaluate all of the different solutions under consideration, EMR Solutions can help their clients determine which attributes are most important to them and therefore translate that into which software solution can best meet their needs.
Business Process Management
When implementing an EMR many organizations do not prepare for the impact that this new system will have on the business processes including, but not limited to HIPAA compliance. Business process impact analysis is the discipline of analyzing the current business processes and determining how the implementation of an EMR will impact those processes allowing organizations to prepare for the new processes that an EMR will create.
One of the biggest pitfalls in implementing an EMR system involves improper or incomplete planning. An EMR implementation project is a series of activities that aim at installing EMR software within a given time frame. The activities include time, money, human and material resources. Before achieving the objectives, a project goes through several stages. Monitoring must take place at and be integrated into all stages of the project cycle. EMR Solutions assists organizations at all stages of a project.
EMR Solutions is the solution for all your EMR training needs. We can provide coordination, planning and scheduling of your training through your supplier, or provide expert training services, to your staff and personnel.
EMR solutions can aid an organization in incorporating their new EMR solution into existing infrastructure. The design of an infrastructure is a strategic process that lays the basic foundations and structures for a company's information system. It goes hand-in-hand with projects to integrate new EMR systems. The modeling of a technical infrastructure must meet numerous objectives: performance requirements, capacity for being updated, high availability, potential for shared access, security and cost control.
While purchasing new technology can be a confusing process, EMR Solutions acts as an advocate in the acquisition of your new system. We ensure that the hardware purchased not only meets the vendor’s needs, but is cost effective for the Physician’s practice. Our expertise in vendor negotiation will make sure that the practice gets the best equipment for the best value.
Hardware support or technical support is a range of services providing assistance with the hardware purchased for a new EMR system. EMR solutions can offer a wide range of options from desktop support through 24 x 7 environmental monitoring.
Software as a service is a model of software deployment whereby a provider licenses an application to customers for use as a service on demand. SaaS software vendors may host the application on their own web servers. The on-demand function may be handled internally to share licenses within a firm or by a third-party application service provider (ASP) sharing licenses between firms. EMR Solutions can host any EMR application on third party servers allowing the Healthcare Practioner to have no hardware at his site at all.