The writing is on the wall. With the Healthcare Insurance
Portability And Accountability Act of 1996, otherwise known as HIPAA,
patient medical records and medical
records software applications are no longer handled the way they used
Privacy has become a large concern to every medical
practice because of this mandate, and Medical Software Associates has
kept up with the changes. Every medical office manager must know that
controlling information within the medical practice is a key part of their
job; what you should know is that Medical Software Associates is here
to make that job, and overall practice
management, very easy.
Paper To Electronic
Paper medical records have a number of key disadvantages. One, they are
cumbersome. With paper medical records, thriving medical practices must
deal with the fact that each individual patient record takes up space.
And as the practice grows, the need for storage for these medical records
also grows. Over the long term, this can create a headache for medical
Secondly, paper medical records are slow. They must be handled by individual staff, shuttled from room to room each day with sometimes unfortunate results. They can be lost, they can be misplaced, and are often mixed up in the day-to-day business of running a clinic or practice.
Thirdly, managing paper medical records is simply a
difficult task. Each day, medical practices across the United States waste
hundreds of hours of human resource time simply shuttling records back
Finding and filing records is a task that not only slows
down staff efficiency, but also patient efficiency. Basically, the longer
it takes to retrieve your patient's medical records, the longer it takes
to properly serve your patients.
Electronic Medical Records Advantages
record systems such as the one offered by Medical Software Associates
ensure that all of the above disadvantages are no longer an issue. Our
clients, which include medical practices large and small, see immediate
benefits from day one.
Addressing the issue of storing paper medical records
is an immediate and recognizable benefit. Once paper medical records are
transferred to electronic medical format, they no longer require office
space. In fact, we have seen medical patient records rooms as large as
20' x 20' freed up immediately and their contents placed on 3.5 inch hard
drive. This means more room for patients, examination, and medical supplies.
High-Speed Record Retrieval
By adopting an electronic medical record system into your medical practice, you gain incredible speed. Typical systems feature a networked Windows environment, which means no specialized hardware is necessary, as well as ensuring that the system is very usable. By simply installing a networked PC into the examination room, you have access to any and all patient records available. Looking for record? Simply click the mouse and search for the record and it will be retrieved and shown on the screen within five seconds or less. No longer is it necessary to have staff shuttle records back and forth. In essence, all practice information is available to you immediately at any time.
Hands-Off Medical Records Management
Suddenly, the need to manage paper records is gone. Because all patient records are stored electronically on your computer system, they practically manage themselves. And, with proper data backup systems installed, all of your patient records are safe and accessible. All of this comes with complete HIPAA compliance, and an ability to cut costs through both office supplies and human resources. Savings come to most medical practices immediately, a fact most of our clients become very excited about.
Complete Medical Software demo CDs are available to
all medical practices located in the United States and Canada. We thank
you for visiting Medical Software Associates today. We look forward to
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