Electronic Health Records

  • EHR Implementation Guide, 3rd Edition  

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    Successfully implementing HIT into an office practice can bring improvements in both quality of patient care and practice profitability.  The implementation guide offers a nontechnical view of the steps necessary for the successful introduction of HIT with an emphasis on the needs of smaller practices.  This publication will walk you through the process of acquiring and learning to use HIT.

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  • Thinking About an EHR For Your Practice?

    The successful transition from a paper- to electronic-based practice begins with developing an understanding of system functionality (what HIT actually does), analyzing the practice’s readiness to manage a new operating system, and preparing staff for this major change.

  • Finding the Right EHR for Your Practice

    With hundreds of EHR products, the marketplace offers a robust choice, and selecting a system that is right for your practice depends heavily on understanding the practice’s needs before seriously discussing a purchase with vendors. When the time comes to buy a system, emphasizing functionality and the practice’s readiness assessment can help vendors show you the product characteristics that create value for you and your practice.

  • What if I Need Help?

    Regional Extension Centers (RECs) have been established across the country to assist physicians with selection, implementation, and meaningful use of an electronic health record to ensure eligible physicians meet the requirements needed to earn the EHR incentive bonus.

  • Implementation

    Introducing an HIT system into a practice requires a team effort, and before making any formal decisions, begin preparing your team. The careful, team-based redesign of work process is mission-critical to the success of HIT acquisition.

    EHR Project Management Checklist - HITRC and DOQ-IT

    How to Implement EHRs - HealthIT.gov

    Report: Don’t Skimp on EHR Training (Action, July 2, 2012)

    EHR Workflow Analysis, Redesign Critical (Action, Nov. 16, 2011)  

  • Meaningful Use

    Beginning in 2011, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were established to encourage eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to adopt, implement, upgrade (AIU), and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The EHR Incentive Program is complex in requiring physicians to meet varied and more difficult stages as they progress through the multiyear program. TMA encourages physicians to tap into our available resources to make wise decisions regarding EMR selection and implementation. 

    Go to the Meaningful Use Resource Center

  • Optimize the Safety of Your EHR

    The SAFER Guides are designed to help healthcare organizations conduct self-assessments to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the following areas:

    High Priority Practices
    Organizational Responsibilities
    Contingency Planning
    System Configuration
    System Interfaces
    Patient Identification
    Computerized Provider Order Entry with Decision Support
    Test Results Reporting and Follow-Up
    Clinician Communication

    The recommended practices in the SAFER Guides are intended to be useful for all EHR users, developers, patient safety organizations, and others who are concerned with optimizing the safe use of health IT.

  • Security

    Protect your practice from health information leaks or breaches, and know what to do if they occur.

    Are You Prepared for a Computer Virus Incident? (E-Tips, Nov. 12, 2015) 

    Are You Prepared for a Lost Laptop or Smartphone? (E-Tips, Oct. 15, 2015)

    Are You Prepared for a Business Associate Breach? (E-Tips, Sept. 9, 2015)

    Security Alert: Are Your Browsers Vulnerable to POODLE? (E-Tips, Nov. 11, 2014)

    Breach Notification Rules Get a Makeover (E-Tips, Aug. 13, 2013)

    New BAA Rules Among HIPAA Changes (E-Tips, Aug. 13, 2013)

    Eight Steps to a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (E-Tips, Feb. 11, 2013)

    Security Risk Assessment Tool (HealthIT.gov)

    Online encryption guide launched by AMA

  • Patient Engagement

    Use the following resources to learn more about patient engagement related to EHRs and the Meaningful Use Program.

    Six Ways to Increase Practice Portal Sign-Ups (TMA Practice E-Tips, Nov. 23, 2016)

    Electronic Patient Engagement Tools: A Guide for Physicians - TMA whitepaper, February 2016

    How to Meet Mandate for Patients’ Online Access to Medical Records (Action, Feb. 2, 2015)

    Enhancing Patient-Centered Communication and Collaboration by Using the EHR in the Exam Room - The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2013

    Personal Health Records: What Physicians Need to Know - TMA whitepaper, April 2008

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