ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Electronic health records
It's a big hill to climb for a carrot that may not be there when you reach the top.
The author recommends an organized, step-by-step approach to converting a typical family medicine practice to a patient-centered medical home.
The authors report the results of FPM's 2009 Survey of User Satisfaction with EHR systems; the report reflects responses from approximately 2,000 AAFP members and includes system-specific results for about 20 EHR systems.
The article answers physicians' questions about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which allocated $19.5 billion for the adoption of health care information technology and modified the HIPAA requirements.
Imagine being able to buy just the parts of an EHR system that you need.
The article provides the 2009 version of the EHR survey form.
The author, an admitted EHR enthusiast, describes the successful implementation of an EHR system and the capabilities the practice has gained from the system.
The authors describe what happened when they lost 4 months of EHR data, outline the steps they took to prevent a recurrence of the problem, and provide recommendations for EHR data security.
The author describes the presumed benefits of a Web portal, the research he did before purchasing one for his practice and his experience with the portal, including patient acceptance of e-messaging, e-visits, etc.
Without it, practice transformation and optimal outcomes will be difficult to achieve.