Health information technology (HIT), such as electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs), have the potential to improve patient quality of care. TMA’s goal is to help ensure HIT has a positive impact on physicians, patients, and practices by enhancing quality of care, patient safety, and practice viability. The current survey is a benchmark of physician needs and experiences with EHRs. This survey is a follow-up to surveys conducted in 2009, 2007, and 2005.
If you have questions about selecting and implementing an EHR, workflow, EHR incentives, REC services, e-prescribing or general technology questions, contact us.
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Hi-Tech Patient Engagement
Patient portal adoption is surging, due in part to meaningful use requirements for physicians to engage patients electronically. There are several approaches physicians can take to accomplish this task. Personal health records (PHRs), patient portals, and use of online forms are ways practices can incorporate tools that will further engage patients and increase satisfaction. So, how do you overcome the daunting task of implementing patient portals, PHRs, and online forms to engage patients? Perhaps an even more difficult question is how do you facilitate patient adoption and use once these measures are in place? This webinar will cover these issues and more to help you create a patient experience and workflow that will maintain your practice’s viability well into the future. Purchase the On Demand Webinar!
2012 TMA HIT Survey Report
2012 TMA HIT Survey - Short Summary
2009 EHR Survey - Short Summary
2009 TMA Electronic Health Records Survey Results
Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
EHR Product Evaluation Tool
EHR Incentive Program
EHR Incentive Program Resource Center
Texas Regional Extension Center (REC) Resource Center
Meaningful Use Toolkit
Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)
Performance Improvement Programs
Physician Quality Reporting Systems (PQRS)
e-Health Terms in Plain English
Electronic Medical Record vs. Electronic Health Record
E-Prescribing Journal Articles
Health Information Technology Terms
More Texas Physicians Turning to HIT (Action, Feb. 15, 2010)
Practice e-Tips on Technology
Guidelines for Electronic Communication with Patients (PDF) - TMLT
Consent for Electronic Communication with Patients (PDF) - TMLT
TMB's Complete Guidelines for Electronic Communications with Patients
Breach Notification Rules Get a Makeover (E-Tips, Aug. 13, 2013)
New Business Associate Agreement Rules Among HIPAA Changes (E-Tips, Aug. 13, 2013)
Eight Steps to a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (E-Tips, Feb. 11, 2013)
HIT Security Risk Assessment Questionnaire (ONC)
Online encryption guide launched by AMA
EHR Support Center
The Texas A&M Health Science Center Rural and Community Health Institute has partnered with the PDR Network to give physicians an opportunity to report EHR-related patient safety events. Both are accredited patient safety organizations that seek to improve the quality and safety of health care. Data are entered into a protected database and used for research to find weak points in health care delivery. EHR issues that you may want to report include problems with product applications, vendor-related difficulties, or contractual issues that resulted in a less-than-optimal or undesired outcome. The tool also enables physicians to report features of EHRs that they feel are best practices. Collection of the data will help improve patient safety and quality as physicians adopt, implement, and use EHRs.
Tech Tuesday - TMA is proud to introduce a brand-new live webinar series that will take place on the third Tuesday of every month from noon to 1 pm CDT. Whether you are a seasoned computer guru or an inquiring beginner, TMA’s new live webinar series will satisfy the techie in you. Each month, Tech Tuesday will highlight the issues and trends surrounding medical technology and how they may affect your practice. The future is now, so get plugged in and we’ll see you on Tech Tuesday!
Meaningful Use: Useful for Your Practice - A Tech Tuesday webinar developed to increase the understanding of how measurement is vital for quality improvement and show the tools available to facilitate the measurement of patient data.
EMR Implementation Guide, 2nd Edition
2013 Educational Webinar Series Calendar - Register now!Attend webinars during your lunch hour to discuss such topics as meaningful use attestation, workflows, changes from Stage 1 to Stage 2, security risk assessments, audits, patient portals and much more.
Medscape's EHR Learning Center website - Earn CME credits by learning more about the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs.
Practice e-Tips on Technology
HIT Tools and Resources at Your Fingertips
mHealth: The Latest Vision for Medical Technology (PDF)
Personal Health Records: What Physicians Need to Know (PDF)
Is it Time for Your Practice to Adopt an EMR? (PDF)
EHR Buyer Beware: Issues to Consider When Contracting with EHR Vendors (PDF)
Stark Law Exemptions and Electronic Health Records (PDF)
Preparing for EHR Divorce
Case Study: Change Is Good (PDF)
Case Study: The Networking Element (PDF)
Case Study: Small Town Success (PDF)
Case Study: Using Technology from Day One (PDF)
E-Prescribing Information (PDF) - Information for patients and physicians
2013 E-Prescribing Incentive Requirements (PDF)
American Academy of Family Practitioner's Center for Health IT (AAFP)
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
American Medical Association - HIT (AMA)
eHealth Initiative (eHI)
Electronic Health Record (EHR) Safety Event Reporting System (PDRSecure™)
Products Certified to Meet Meaningful Use (ONC)
Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
Medscape's EHR Learning Center website
Rural Health Resource Center - A premier resource for Rural Health Information Technology