Dr. Doe has a 25-year-old dermatology practice in a quiet suburban area. Although he loves practicing dermatology, he finds himself overwhelmed with government regulation. HIPAA, EMR, meaningful use, ACA — he does not know where to begin.
Health Care Information Technology
A Massachusetts dermatology practice has agreed to pay a $150,000 settlement to the federal government, the result of an unencrypted thumb drive containing patient data being stolen from a staff member’s car.
When it comes to electronic health record (EHR) implementation, dermatology isn’t at the beginning — the naive stage — or at the end — where the technology is doing what it’s supposed to do. Dermatology is in what one might call the teenage years, an awkward, frustrating, but hopeful, time.
Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) increases patient safety, experts say. This tool not only eliminates interpretation errors from handwritten prescriptions, it creates a communications bridge between the physician, pharmacist and patient.
Many dermatologists are either implementing or considering implementing electronic medical records systems (EMRs) in their practices. Having just done this for my practice, I wanted to share a few thoughts that may be helpful for those who decide to join the “paperless” ranks in the next year or so.
Consumers who use smartphone applications to analyze suspicious lesions or moles are at risk of having inaccurate diagnoses and delayed treatments, results of a new study indicate.
You can take action to leverage social media in your practice without running afoul of HIPAA and hospital PHI policies.