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About Meaningful Use Stage 2

March 11th, 2015

You’ve probably already installed an electronic health records system and completed Stage 1 if you are here to read about Meaningful Use Stage 2. If that’s the case—great. If you’ve yet to start the process, but are interested in doing so, HealthTec can help. Our available software can get you started in the extremely beneficial Meaningful Use program.

What Is Meaningful Use?

Meaningful Use is a program that has been around since 2009. It is centered on getting healthcare providers to adopt an electronic health records system. It is believed that these systems will benefit the patients and allow them to receive better care through their healthcare providers as a result of the electronic health records system. However, healthcare providers are first required to prove that they are responsible, or “meaningful,” users of the systems. If they are, they are given payments as an incentive.

Our Trilogy software has been certified for Meaningful Use, and it can help your company get certified as well.

Why Meaningful Use?

Meaningful Use, when carried out correctly, will benefit healthcare providers and patients alike. The program allows providers to share and access important information instantly. It also emphasizes the importance of the patient’s safety, and it maximizes a provider’s ability to care for him or her.

Meaningful Use Stage 1

If you’re not already familiar with Meaningful Use, it is a program that is divided into two stages. The first stage was introduced in 2011. It focuses on capturing and sharing data through the electronic health records system. Healthcare providers are given a list of objectives to work towards, and they must be able to succeed in a set number of them. Once this occurs, they are able to start receiving their incentive payments for Meaningful Use Stage 1.

Meaningful Use Stage 2

Meaningful Use Stage 2 was introduced in 2014, and it is much more complex than Meaningful Use Stage 1. Professionals must meet a higher number of objectives before incentive payments will be granted. Meaningful Use Stage 2 relies on an exchange of health information through the system, as well as the transferring of patient care reports.

As part of Meaningful Use Stage 2, Healthcare providers must be able to satisfy seventeen requirements, and they are as follows:

  • Use computerized order entry for orders;
  • Generate prescriptions that record demographic info as well as changes in vital signs and smoking status;
  • Improve performance on important health conditions;
  • Allow patients access to their health information;
  • Provide each patent with an after-visit summary;
  • Protect electronic health information;
  • Incorporate lab test results;
  • Generate a list of patients based on condition;
  • Provide patients with follow-up care;
  • Submit data to immunization registries and;
  • Communicate with patients via the electronic messaging system.

We encourage you to utilize our Trilogy software and work towards achieving the Meaningful Use Stage 2 status. Your patients deserve the best care possible.

HealthTec’s Healthcare Software

March 11th, 2015

As technology progresses, it’s not surprising that more and more healthcare companies around the world want to go paperless. Perhaps they’ve realized how stressful it can be to have to sort through patients’ files by hand—especially during an urgent situation. Or, maybe they realized how resourceful they could be without having to buy and store all of that paper. Regardless of the reason, healthcare companies are now relying on our healthcare software to help them reach their goals, become certified in the Meaningful Use program, and better care for their patients. At HealthTec, we are dedicated to providing healthcare companies with a selection of healthcare software to suit their needs.

IMS (Intelligent Medical Software)

Our Intelligent Medical Software is an excellent choice for companies wishing to redo a current system. Available for both Windows and Mac, we designed this software to help a company improve its productivity without sacrificing organization. It even comes with a set of templates for commonly used medical forms. It’s a smart way to stay productive, even on the go. IMS is fully compatible with tablets and many mobile devices. We’ve designed it to be available wherever you are.

The HealthTec Trilogy

The HealthTec Trilogy, as the name implies, consists of three healthcare software programs that work best when used together. Each one has its own individual benefits, but using them together will maximize a company’s experience with our software. This is why the Trilogy has been certified as a part of the Meaningful Use program.

EMR (Electronic Medical Records)

This is one of our most beneficial software. It improves efficiency, productivity, and resourcefulness. That’s because it eliminates the need for physical copies of a patient’s medical records. Instead, these medical records are stored inside the electronic medical records system. Here, they may be accessed at any time with the click of a button. They may also be updated and transferred to other staff members when needed.

PM (Practice Management)

Practice Management is a healthcare software that does exactly what its name indicates—it helps healthcare companies manage their practices. It is able to track of an infinite amount of medical records while handling cash flow and providing practice analysis. This makes it a unique and invaluable addition to any company’s current setup.

VS (The Visual Scheduler)

The Visual Scheduler is a must-have for healthcare companies that like to remain organized. The schedules of any practitioner can be displayed through the software, and can be viewed all in one place for convenience. Tasks can be also be assigned to staff members through this software.

No matter what goals a healthcare company has, we believe our software will help companies save money, quickly delegate tasks, and provide improved care to their patients.

Why Keeping Electronic Health Records is better for Your Patients and Your Practice

February 2nd, 2015

In a society where technology is key, every part of the healthcare field is being automated. The decision to keep electronic health records for your business is one that can have many beneficial effects. They improve patient care, allow easy, yet secure access of information, and offer several benefits to your practice.

Improved Patient Care

Some systems such as ours even allow patients to access their own electronic health records online. They will be able to view test results, pertinent patient information, billing, and even schedule their own appointments. These features can be customized for your specific business needs, depending on the role that you would like your patients to have throughout their treatment process.

This improves patient care in two separate ways. First, it allows patients to be more integrated into their own treatment. Second, it improves efficiency in the office. When you do not have patients calling in to check test results, less scheduling responsibilities, and easier ways to bill patients, then your healthcare practice will be better able to focus on treating patients instead of keeping up on data information, billing, and other tasks that can be automated.

In addition to getting patients more involved in their treatment, keeping electronic health records can help nurses, physicians, and other important staff members to access patient information easily during treatment. This allows the treatment process to be more efficient, while allowing your doctor’s to appear more competent and knowledgeable about the patient. This improves the overall care of the patient.

Ease of Information Access

At Health-Tec, we understand the importance of your employees having access to patient information when they need it most. Keeping electronic health records is beneficial because they can be accessed from anywhere in the building. You no longer have to have a patient record pulled before focusing on their treatment. Keeping electronic health records also prevents employees from shuffling through paperwork for answers, which can cause pertinent information to be overlooked. Allowing easy, but secured, access to your patient information ensures the seamless communication between your associates.

How it can benefit Your Practice

We offer software that can help you keep electronic health records that will benefit your practice. Some of the benefits include increased efficiency, increased accuracy, better billing practices, and more. When doctors and nurses do not have to update regularly charts, they can spend time doing other tasks, such as focusing on patient care. Software such as Health-Tec also checks for input errors, to catch even the tiniest mistakes. Finally, using automated software can help with billing processes by speeding up the rate that individual bills and medical insurance claims are processed.

Choosing the Best EMR System for Your Practice

January 26th, 2015

How can you choose an electronic medical record (EMR) system if you do not know where to begin? There is an easy four-step process that you can use to ensure you are choosing the best possible software to meet the needs of your medical practice.

Determine Your Needs

The first step of many decisions is to determine your needs. What are you looking for in an EMR system? Should it automate billing, allow patients to access their information online, self-correct, or allow electronic access to patient records? Consider all of the various features that are available from our company. At Health-Tec, we can customize software to fit the needs of your practice, regardless of if your practice is large or small.

Choosing the Right Software

Once you have determined what you need from your software, it is time to choose. We offer a wide variety of different software to meet your needs. Our company even offers customizable solutions, so that you can reap the benefits that you need from your EMR system. Whether you are just interested in electronic record keeping, or you want to allow patients access to information, test results, and scheduling online, we have the software the is perfect for you.

Training and Implementation

The training and implementation of a new EMR system is perhaps one of the most critical steps in this process. Implementation is known to be one of the factors that can make or break the success of a system.
It is crucial that employees are trained prior to the implementation of any system. At Health-Tec, we realize this. Proper training can prevent confusion and disasters on the day of system implementation. Proper training can also set an attitude toward new systems. Employee attitudes toward a new system play a critical role in how successful implementation will be.

Finally, once employees are properly trained, the system will be implemented. Our software is designed for quick and easy implementation. Our goal is to have you up and running with your new EMR system as quickly as possible, ensuring you can start treating patients as soon as possible. For the first couple weeks, until patient information is transferred over, the system will be interwoven throughout your practice. After the initial implementation is over, the result should be a fully integrated electronic medical record system that will be able to benefit your company.

Regular Maintenance

As with any system, once it is properly implemented it will require regular maintenance. The majority of maintenance performed for an EMR system is updating. Luckily, our system is so easy to use that you can perform updates yourself. It is designed for minimal downtime during these updates, so you can get back to treating your patients.

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