EHRs

Information Unblocked: Rules Requiring Docs to Give Patients Prompt Access to EHRs Prove Mostly Useful - 05/31/2022

The information blocking regulations stemming from the 21st Century Cures Act, which Congress passed in 2016, broaden patients' access to their electronic medical records and have proven mostly useful since taking effect in April 2021.


Update Your Digital Contact Info for Electronic Hospital Notices on Your Patients - 05/25/2022

Hospitals are required to let you know when they’ve seen your patient via an admit, discharge, or transfer notice. To ensure that happens, physicians are required to make sure their digital contact information in a federal database is up to date.


Did DSHS Email You About a Criminal Background Check for Death Registry? Here’s What to Do to Maintain Access - 05/19/2022

Starting today, some Texas physicians will receive an email from the Texas Department of State Health Services asking them to complete a criminal background check to access TxEVER, the state’s vital records registry.


Data Transfer Problems Burdensome for Practices, TMA Tells Feds - 05/11/2022

The federal government is trying to standardize data sharing so electronic health records (EHRs) across the country can all speak the same language. The Texas Medical Association is telling the government to keep working on it.


Operation Electronic Integration: Connecting EHRs With Other Systems a Work in Progress - 05/02/2022

Even in medicine, today’s world is a connected one. But that doesn’t mean every conceivable connection is in place, nor does it mean the ones already in place are perfect. According to Texas physicians, that sums up the situation with electronic health records (EHRs) and their integration with other databases that can securely transmit patient information back and forth between physicians, labs, other practitioners, hospitals, and state agencies.


TMA Survey Finds Most Physicians Use Electronic Records - 02/22/2022

A newly released Texas Medical Association (TMA) survey of the state’s physicians shows nearly three-quarters of them are using an electronic health record (EHR) to capture your health information.


Glitch in the Switch - 02/22/2022

Migrating patient records from one electronic health record system to another can be a nightmare. A La Porte pediatrician's experience provides a cautionary tale for all physicians.


Find the Right EHR With TMA’s Updated Comparison Tool - 12/15/2021

If you’re shopping for an electronic health record (EHR), the Texas Medical Association’s updated EHR Comparison Tool is the place to start investigating options.


Switching EHRs? Transferring Data Can Be a Hurdle - 07/27/2021

Ready to part ways with your electronic health record (EHR) and move to a different one? Transitioning data from the old EHR to the new one might present some challenges. TMA's new publication, Switching EHR Systems, is available in the TMA Education Center.


Custom Fit: Tailor Your EHR With an Optimization Strategy - 07/09/2021

The fallout from COVID-19 provided a perfect case study in why physicians must always look toward optimizing their electronic health records (EHRs), says Ogechika Alozie, MD, chair of the Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Health Information Technology.  Put simply, EHR optimization is the process of tailoring a system for a physician’s individual needs.  


Be in the Know When You Purchase an EHR - 07/01/2021

The recently updated TMA EHR Vendor Comparison Tool provides TMA member physicians access to an assessment of EHR products that have a solid Texas market base. It gives physicians a view of company information, product functionality, pricing, and interoperability capabilities when comparing EHR systems.


Six Simple Ways to Go Paperless - 06/14/2021

 Going paperless will not happen overnight; however, creating new habits will help make it second nature for you, your staff, and your patients. And you can maximize the benefits that electronic health records (EHRs) and other automated services have to offer. Here are six ways to get started on going paperless.


Direct Messaging Can Help You Comply With Federal Information-Sharing Law - 04/27/2021

The 21st Century Cures Act requires physicians to be able to electronically share patient information with other physicians who request it. Direct messaging offers a secure, HIPAA-compliant method for sharing that information.


Information Blocking Rule Compliance Now in Effect - 04/06/2021

Effective April 5, all practices must comply with the information-blocking regulations that are part of the federal 21st Century Cures Act. If you’re still confused about how the new rules will affect you and your practice, TMA has created and curated several resources to help.


Deadline to Comply with Information-Blocking Rule Approaching - 03/10/2021

The Texas Medical Association has created several resources to help you and your practice prepare for so-called information-blocking rules that are part of the federal 21st Century Cures Act. The rules go into effect April 5.


Opening Act: Patients Given Broad Access to Their EHRs - 01/06/2021

Starting April 5, physicians must be ready to electronically share with patients more of the information generated during office visits. This change comes thanks to “information blocking” rules that are part of the 21st Century Cures Act, passed by Congress in 2016 and put into regulation in 2020 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).


Medicaid Grant Could Pay for Your HIE Connection - 08/12/2020

Have you or your practice been considering connecting your electronic health record (EHR) to a health information exchange (HIE), but keep getting hung up by the cost? Well, here’s some good news. Three public HIEs recently were awarded contracts for a Medicaid grant that could pay for you to connect to their exchanges.


Texas Vaccine Registry to be Accessible Through EHRs - 06/26/2020

Texas physicians soon will have an easier time accessing and submitting vaccination records when using the Texas Immunization Registry (ImmTrac2), according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which runs the registry.


How Can You Exchange Patient Data? - 06/09/2020

Health Information Exchange can be accomplished in different ways, and the needs and requirements vary by practice. While there are numerous ways to accomplish HIE, there are four types of HIE that are currently in use.


EHR Data Entry – There’s a Better Way - 06/04/2020

Electronic Health Record (EHR) data entry is a part of the job, but for most physicians it’s a chore. Not only does it take time away from your patients, it adds to the hours you spend in the office (or to the work hours you spend at home). Fortunately, many physicians have found ways to save time doing data entry.


Never, Ever Text Patient Hospital Orders - 05/12/2020

No matter how comfortable you are with texting, remember, texting patients’ hospital orders is not an acceptable practice.


Feds Offer Strategies For Tackling EHR Burden - 02/27/2020

The federal government is hoping to give physicians a hand in managing the burdens of one of their foremost time-eaters: Electronic health records (EHRs). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week released a report titled Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs.


Reporting System Makes Documenting PMP Checks Easy - 02/19/2020

As you probably already know, beginning March 1, you’ll be required to check the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program, known as PMP Aware, any time you prescribe certain medications. To help you document those checks, PMP Aware allows you to download PDFs that you can add to a patient’s medical record.


What’s Your Experience with EHR? - 01/13/2020

Does your practice use an electronic health record (EHR)? If so, can you or someone on your staff spare an hour or two to help other practices that are considering switching to one? The Urban Institute is looking for physicians, other health care professionals, administrators, and information technology (IT) staff – particularly those in small or rural practices – to participate in online interviews Jan. 13 through 17.


Get the Know-How You Need When Upgrading Your EHR - 01/08/2020

The Texas Medical Association’s newest free webinar, EHR to EHR Conversions - When, Why, and How, on Oct. 25, will help you better assess available EHR systems to determine whether you should upgrade your system or switch vendors.