An Electronic Health Record, or Electronic Medical Record, is a digital version of a patient’s medical records. EHR software has existed for over 30 years, but with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, signed into law in 2009, EHR/EMR usage has become far more widely adopted, driven by government incentives.
Why Should You Adopt EHR Software Technology?
Get financial incentives and avoid penalties
Using 2014 Meaningful Use certified EHR software makes you eligible to receive thousands of dollars in government incentive money. Providers who are able to demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs each year will receive their incentive payments and avoid penalties. Important note: 2014 is the last year that EPs can begin attesting for Meaningful Use. With MediTouch, Meaningful Use is built into the system, and with our Meaningful Use Report Card, there’s virtually no “extra” work to earn your EHR incentive payments.
Improve quality of care
Electronic medical records improve the accuracy, accessibility and readability of medical records, since there’s no need to decipher physician handwriting. Having a universal record accessible by all treating physicians also reduces duplication of tests and delays in treatment. Using MediTouch EMR software gives you additional benefits, such as warnings, alerts and reminders that help further avoid medication errors and duplicates.
Increase patient engagement and satisfaction
With an integrated patient portal, your patients have private and secure access to their own electronic Personal Health Record (PHR). Patients that have access to a patient portal tend to be more engaged in their own care, and the ability to easily ask questions and request medication refills online improves patient satisfaction. Access to, and engagement with a patient portal is one of the requirements to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2. MediTouch comes with a free Meaningful Use certified patient portal that helps you stay compliant with the CMS patient engagement measures.
Increase practice efficiency
Using a cloud-based EHR software customized to your specialty will save you time and let you chart on the go. MediTouch comes preloaded with templates and care plans specific to almost any medical specialty. Make your EHR speak like you do!