EHR Selection: As Compliance Nears, 3 Areas to Consider – Article published by OmniMD EHR and RCM CEO, Divan Da’ve
Here’s what we know. In 2005, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that all healthcare facilities providing patient care will be required to transition their patient data to EHR (electronic health records) for the purposes of making real-time, patient-centric records available instantly “whenever and wherever it is needed”.
While compliance deadlines will vary based on multiple factors – the timeline is now starting to unfold. Healthcare centers and practices need to move information about a patient’s medical history, diagnoses, medications, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, lab and test results to an electronic system. This provides optimal efficiency in decision-making, allowing for automating and streamlining providers’ workflow, as well as, improves accuracy of patient information while supporting key market changes in payer requirements and consumer expectations. A survey by Black Book Rankings revealed that of the 500 respondents interviewed, many blamed themselves for picking the wrong platform for their practice/facility needs.