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The Untold cost of EMR

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Mar-2019 06:55:43 / by Michael Stanton posted in Medical Records Management, Paperless Patient Records, Digital Medical Records

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Electronic Medical Record systems have now been widely adopted in Australia and around the world. Possibly the most publicised roll out has been in the United States with the government providing significant fiscal incentives under the Meaningful Use program.

In this blog I use the terms EHR and EMR interchangeably.

In the US for example it's common to use EHR (Electronic Health Record) as the term for a patient’s medical record, whereas in Australia, the personal health record system, MyHealth Record is commonly referred to as an EHR. In Australia, the patient record is generally referred to as an EMR (Electronic Medical Record)

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5 Reasons why traditional EHRs don't cut it for ophthalmic practices

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Sep-2016 07:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Paperless Patient Records, Digital Medical Records

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Traditional EHR systems do not meet ophthalmologists' functional requirements. This is what an August 2011 report published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says.

The paper which is titled ‘Special Requirements for Electronic Health Record Systems in Ophthalmology’ argues that the field of ophthalmology has a number of ‘specialty specific’ requirements that are not taken into consideration by traditional EHR systems. Its abstract reads:

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Digital Patient Rounding Solutions: the pros and cons

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-Feb-2016 07:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Paperless Patient Records

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Doctors, nurses and care givers having been doing medical rounds since time began.

Segen’s Medical dictionary defines rounds as:

‘Bedside visits by a physician—or other health professional—to evaluate treatment, assess current course and document the patient’s progress or recuperation’

(from: Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.)

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Paper based medical records - the elephant in the room

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Oct-2015 06:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Paperless Patient Records

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Healthcare associated infection can be one of the biggest challenges faced by a health care facility. 

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Cloud based patient information safety issues and how to prevent them.

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Oct-2015 06:00:00 / by Dion Purnell posted in Paperless Patient Records

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Co- written by Dion Purnell with Michael Stanton. 

Setting up, running and maintaining in house servers that support your patient administration systems is not only costly, it’s inherently risky.

Besides the cost of the hardware and software licenses, you will also need technical support which can be a significant business overhead. One risk associated with office based servers, is potential interruption to business when systems go down. There is however another potentially devastating risk. Loss of patient and business data. 

This post takes a look at what you need to know before moving to a cloud based system.

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Confused?  How to make sense of Paperless Medical Records Solutions

[fa icon="calendar'] 07-Oct-2015 16:48:16 / by Michael Stanton posted in Paperless Patient Records

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EMR, EHR, PCEHR, eHealth – what’s it all mean?

When it comes to naming computerised medical record solutions, the common approach, is to give them an acronym, or at the very least get the letter ‘e’ in there somewhere. The result is confusion.

I am frequently in conversations with people who randomly interchange EMR with EHR, eHealth with PCEHR and Paperless Medical Records with Digital Documents. And who can blame them?  It’s ambiguous and a conversation like that generally results in a headache.

In this post I hope to shed more light on what the terms all mean and bring it back to plain language.

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5 Reasons to consider cloud-based paperless medical records systems

[fa icon="calendar'] 01-Oct-2015 08:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Paperless Patient Records

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Thinking about going paperless in your medical practice? One of the first big decisions you will be confronted with is whether to choose a web-based solution or a desktop application installed locally on your desktop computer.

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5 technical questions to ask when considering a paperless medical records system…

[fa icon="calendar'] 24-Sep-2015 07:14:41 / by Audrey Molloy posted in Paperless Patient Records

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This is a guest post by Audrey Molloy. Audrey is an optomotrist based in Sydney.

As a practitioner, I am really interested in a paperless medical records system.  The cost savings in paper, toner, storage space and couriers alone makes it a very attractive proposition.  The advantage of being able to access any patient file the moment I need it is also a huge factor.  However, like many practitioners of my generation, I’m not all that savvy when it comes to the technical bit. 

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How mobile patient records management transforms clinics performance

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Aug-2015 06:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Medical Records Management, Paperless Patient Records

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Somewhere in a health care clinic in the inner suburbs of a large Australian capital city – Tuesday 8am

Hey Betty...Have you seen the chart for Mr Smith...? I got it out yesterday afternoon with a bunch of others as we have a really busy day today.

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How to transition to paperless medical records systems. [3 Tips]

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Aug-2015 07:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Paperless Patient Records

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Transitional planning is crucial when making the move from your current paper based medical records system to a paperless one. For example, when to stop using one system and start using the other? What do you do with your current paper medical records? Should you scan them all into the new system? Scanning all your records could be a significant and costly task. Perhaps you can make the transition over a period of time, taking a staged approach. Are there other options?

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