EMR EHR what the heck do I do now? 5 Questions to ask yourself when deciding upon Electronic Medical/Health Records 1. Incentive Money??? The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs require the use of certified EHR technology. This entails standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for EHR technology that have been adopted by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. EHR technology must be tested and certified by an Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB) in order for a provider to qualify for EHR incentive payments. The WritePad Software that we offer is certified complete. Check the list here: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert 2. Is there an EMR/EHR software program made just for my specialty? This could save time inputting information. Before you purchase a “well rounded” program, double check to see if there is one just for your practice type. 3. Is the EMR/EHR customizable? Is it possible to set up the software to how you run your office? If you have to change your office to fit the program – your increased frustration level will prevent you from getting the most from the software. 4. Are there many ways to randomize your notes so they are not all the same, even though the data you put in may be the same? Are changes easy to make? Can notes be edited? You want easy access to old notes and the ability to add/subtract or alter the notes on the fly. 5. Does the EMR/EHR work with my practice management system to reduce staff time inputting information? Making drastic changes to the office takes time and m

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