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Archive for September, 2012

Iowa Podiatric Medical Society Hosts Conference, Invites EHR Exhibitors

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Iowa Podiatric Medical SocietyThe Heartland Podiatry Conference will be held in Des Moines, Iowa next week from October 3 to 6. The annual meeting is being hosted by the Iowa Podiatric Medical Society (IPMS) in conjunction with the Heartland Scientific Committee and the Nebraska Podiatric Medical Society. In addition to the many podiatrists attending the event, there will be nurses, assistants, podiatry EHR vendors, and other vendors and exhibitors relevant to the podiatry field.

Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska-based physicians who attend the conference can receive up to 25 CME credit hours depending on which of the workshops and lectures they attend. The same goes for nurses who wish to qualify for their own continue education credits (CEU). To view the list of approved courses and their corresponding credits, view the Doctor’s and Assistant’s agendas on IPMS’ website.

Some of the topics of the courses offered for podiatric nurses and assistants include: responding to hostile behavior in the workplace; coding updates and ICD-10; and how new technologies are modifying practice workflows and creating new risks. Podiatrists will be able to attend a series of lectures and mini workshops about new procedures and technologies and overall podiatric care. On the last day of the conference the Heartland Scientific Committee will give a lecture titled “My Most Interesting Care.”

In addition to the many lectures and discussions scheduled throughout the four-day seminar, the Heartland Podiatry Conference is also hosting an exhibitor reception on Thursday, October 54. All those in attendance will have the chance to talk to exhibitors, view podiatry EHR software demos first-hand, and mingle with other guests.

Podiatry Institute Hosts Seminar in San Diego with Focus on EHR

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Podiatry Institute logoPodiatry EHR software will be a popular topic this week at the Podiatry Institute’s “Update 2012 Reconstructive Surgery of the Foot Ankle” seminar. The event, which is being co-sponsored by the San Diego Podiatric Society, kicks off on Thursday, September 27 in San Diego, California and will come to a close on Sunday, September 30.

Podiatrists (and other physicians in attendance), will take part in workshops, lectures and group discussions covering a wide range of topics relevant to the podiatry specialty. Some of the topics that will be discussed are: the widespread challenges that many podiatrists face; new technologies and techniques used in treating foot and ankle afflictions; and how to avoid common complications.

There will also be exhibitors at the event showcasing the latest podiatry technologies, such as electronic medical records software – one of the things that is sure to be a topic of conversation amongst podiatrists at the San Diego conference. 1st Providers Choice will be exhibiting their IMS Podiatry EMR and will be providing live demos for interested physicians.

There are two lectures on the agenda that specifically target EHR use. The first, “Designing Your Practice’s Workflow to Optimize Your EHR Implementation,” will be held on the first day of the conference. While there is no information yet as to what speakers will talk about specifically, physicians can most likely look forward to suggestions about implementing EHR software for podiatrists. The second event, which will take place on Saturday, is called “Optimizing EHR to Improve Patient Care and Mitigate Risk.” The lecture will focus on improving patient care through proper use of an EHR, and presenters will talk about documentation risks, suggested charting techniques, and patient privacy.

To learn more about the three remaining seminars on the Podiatry Institute’s 2012 agenda, click here.

The Podiatry Institute is a world renowned nonprofit educational foundation whose members are committed to advancing podiatric medicine and surgery. The Institute hosts seminars, conferences, and workshops throughout the year in an effort to promote and advance podiatric medicine. All proceeds from these meetings are used to develop educational materials for podiatrists and other foot and ankle surgery physicians.

Peds Physicians Use Pediatric EHR for More Specialized Care

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

When pediatric physicians implement generic EHR systems, they often learn the hard way that their software of choice is not equipped to meet the needs of pediatric specialists. This is due to the fact that generalized software systems lack specialty-specific features and prevent physicians from replacing paper-based processes altogether, meaning that different workflows must be completed outside the electronic medical record software.

When patient data gets dispersed amongst various locations, it creates incomplete electronic health records, which can ultimately affect patient care. With pediatric EHR software, however, pediatricians benefit from specialty-specific configurations that make charting patient encounters more accurate and efficient. IMS’ pediatric EHR provides physicians with specialty-specific tools that help with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and illnesses in children.

Following are a few of the ways that pediatric EHR software allows physicians to provide more effective and specialized pediatric care:

1. Choose from templates designed for pediatric specialists.

Pediatricians face a unique problem, which is that physical examinations can be very different for a newborn than for a pre-pubescent child. Because of this, having generic templates can create extra work or even cause important data to be left out of the EHR. With pediatric-specific software systems, however, physicians are able to select exam templates based on a child’s age, symptoms, or specific behavioral disorders.

Modules for pediatric EHR software feature common pediatric issues such as child psychology, newborn complaints and birth injuries, APGAR and BALLARD scores, well child exams, and neonate examinations. Meanwhile, templates for behavior conditions include:

  • ADHD
  • Breath holding
  • Bruxism
  • Head banging
  • Pica
  • Tics
  • Autism
  • Learning disabilities & more

2. Create charts to map patient growth.

Ever since a child is born, height and weight measurements are a standard part of their yearly check-ups. This data can help pediatricians identify developmental problems by comparing the child’s growth to that of their peers, as well as by comparing their yearly growth to that of previous years. By using pediatric EHR software, physicians are able to enter height and weight data in one location in the EHR and it will automatically plot the information in the patient’s growth chart – a vital feature for any pediatric specialist.

3. Keep track of patient immunizations.

With immunization management tools, pediatricians can easily document and monitor the vaccines that each patient has had. Physicians can also set health follow-up reminders in their EHR to alert them when a child is due for their next vaccine.

Learn more about the many ways a pediatric-specific EHR can benefit your practice. Contact us today for a free demo.

Pain Management EMR Vendor Exhibits Software at Annual Conference

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Pain management EMR on tabletThe American Academy of Pain Management (the Academy) is holding its 23rd Annual Clinical Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from September 20 to 23. This will be the fourth year that the conference is held in partnership with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, which is part of the University of Arizona network.

More than 1,500 medical professionals are expected to attend the conference, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, and nurse anesthetists, among others. During the meeting, physicians will participate in lectures and discussions about pain management care. Exhibitors will also showcase some of the services, trends and products new to the pain management field – including pain management EMR software.

1st Providers Choice will be exhibiting their pain management EMR, giving physicians a chance to learn about the exciting features that are making charting more efficient for pain management caregivers. Our software was designed with pain management specialists in mind. By using it physicians are able to provide better patient care, improve workflows and increase revenue.

To learn more about IMS’ fully certified pain management EMR software and to view a free demo showcasing the EMR’s pain management-specific features, visit Booth 301 at the meeting.

The American Academy of Pain Management is a nonprofit organization that represents physicians who treat patients suffering from pain. The Academy offers opportunities for continuing education, credentialing for pain management caregivers, pain management publications, and advocacy for people with pain. It is the largest pain management organization in the United States.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward with a Fully Certified Podiatry EMR

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Podiatry EMR software has made it possible for physicians to effortlessly transition from paper charts to electronic medical records and to attest to Meaningful Use. In fact, among the providers eligible for incentive payments through the EHR Incentive Program, podiatry is one the specialties that has seen the most EMR converts. In May 2011 when the first Meaningful Use checks were sent out, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reported that podiatrists accounted for 12 percent of incentive payment recipients. The fact is, podiatrists seem to be satisfied with their fully certified EMRs, and here are a few reasons why.

Custom forms and templates make charting more efficient. Podiatrists using generic EMRs often find that the software requires extensive customization in order to fully meet the needs of their specialty. With podiatry-specific EMR software, however, the system’s screens, terminology and documentation are already suited to the needs of podiatry specialists. This means that the EMR software is ready to use out of the box and requires little modification.

Some of the documents available to podiatrists include patient instructions and educational resources, as well as exam templates for issues such as ankle fracture, routine foot exam, ingrown toenail, diabetic foot ulcer and more. The software also comes equipped with graphics and diagrams of the foot, ankle and lower extremities, on which physicians can draw or write notes on.

The podiatry-specific medical billing manager makes billing more accurate. For example, the EMR automatically suggests certain billing codes based on the procedures and diagnoses that the physician selected during the visit. Features such as this help ensure that podiatrists get paid for all of the work that they do and that certain codes are not forgotten or accidentally left out.

Built-in reporting modules make it easier for podiatrists to attest to Meaningful Use and qualify for incentive payments.  By using the Meaningful Use dashboard and module features, physicians can see the percentage of progress they have made in attesting to Meaningful Use, as well as what progress is still left to be made.

Are you a podiatrist interested in transitioning to a podiatry-specific EMR for the first time? Or are you looking to convert your data to IMS from a different EMR? Learn how our fully certified podiatry EMR and practice management software solutions can benefit your practice.