Key Insights On Integrating EHR Into Your Practice

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Bruce Werber, DPM, FACFAS

   When evaluating systems, I would also recommend looking at the systems being promoted by your primary hospital or by the state medical association or even the state as many of these systems are designed to integrate sharing of patient information. The system Noteworthy Medical (www.noteworthymedical.com) not only integrates practice management systems and the EHR/EMR but also allows integration between practices, hospitals and clinics that operate this program. If another practitioner on the system refers a patient to my practice, I can pull in the patient’s H&P from that primary care physician. All of the information is present and I do not have to re-enter it.

   On another note, make sure any system you are going to implement has the ability to be upgraded to the new ICD-10 coding system that will be instituted in 2013.

   Yes, it is intimidating to consider change but with the coming challenges and changes proposed in the healthcare reform law, we must redesign how we practice and run our businesses if we are going to prosper under the new system.

   Dr. Werber is in private practice in Mesa, Ariz. He is the Director of Clinical Education at the Midwestern University College of Health Sciences in Glendale, Ariz. Dr. Werber is also a Fellow and Past President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

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