If you have visited our office during the past 1 month you may have noticed a few changes…besides Elena our new office assistant. Did we check your blood pressure? Did we ask for updated medications? Did we take your picture? Here is a brief explanation.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was created, for physicians and hospitals participating in Medicare, to promote the “Meaningful Use” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The goal of the program is to enhance the information exchange among physicians, hospitals, and patients. Another goal is to eliminate disparities in care among ethnic groups. In order to track this information, the government requires us to collect and document demographic information and collect vital signs (blood pressure) on our patients.
Our office has been using electronic health records (EHR) since 2006. In 2011, we purchased the next generation of EHR called TrakNet. This software will allow us to demonstrate “Meaningful Use”, but more importantly, improve communication with our patients and their physicians. We are also now able to electronically prescribe medications directly to your pharmacy of choice for your convenience.
It is exciting incorporating these changes into our office.
See you soon!