TouchMD and PatientNOW Announce Direct Integration and Marketing Partnership

TouchMD and PatientNOW have announced the formation of a new strategic partnership that will offer medical practices a seamless way to integrate patient consults, photos and consents directly with their patient tracking, EMR and practice management software.

The strategic partnership with PatientNOW provides direct integration with one of the best EMR and practice management systems for cosmetic surgeons.  Their EMR software becomes a central repository for everything in the medical office.   With the streamlined integration with TouchMD it only makes sense to push photos, consents and other material to PatientNOW and make it part of the patients permanent medical record.
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Plastic Surgery Software

Shaping the Future of the Practice

Plastic surgery software from PatientNOW is the most comprehensive patient-doctor electronic medical record (EMR) and document management software. Go paperless. From the initial patient history questionnaires and treatment consent forms captured on PDA tablets, to organized electronic photo management and clinical notes, to routing charts for review, labs, updates and changes, and remote signatures, the shape of the future plastic surgery practice is more streamlined, productive, and efficient with PatientNOW. Check out a FREE demonstration by filling out the Request a Demo form to the right.

Clinicians, surgeons, and other staff can be alerted to their specific queues, never again missing important documents or tasks, and no more filing errors, no more wasted time in data entry or duplication of efforts, no more paper files to store with PatientNOW’s plastic surgery software. Imagine your review of charts all contained in a single list on your laptop – sections of fast, easy to “flip” pages in virtual electronic charts with tabs neatly organized and labelled diagnostic images and photos, surgery notes, patient history, etc. ready at your fingertips.

Everything is integrated perfectly for the plastic surgery office with versions of the software that meet the ONC-ATCB-certified meaningful-use requirements for filing Medicare and insurance or the non-certified version. If you want your plastic surgery software to save you money, time, and aggravation, fill out the form to the right and take a FREE no-obligation demonstration tour of PatientNOW’s product. Your staff will thank you!

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EMR and Dermatology: Resources and News

We’ve been noticing more and more online discussion about EMR for Dermatologists. This post shares some interesting links and resources that you may want to view if you’re a dermatologist who’s about to implement an electronic medical records system.

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Digital Assent PatientPad® Integrates with PatientNOW EMR

Digital Assent, provider of the award-winning PatientPad® self-service patient check-in and patient education solution, has partnered with PatientNOW, a leading provider of electronic medical records (EMR) solutions for aesthetic-focused practices, to automatically transfer patient check-in information entered via the PatientPad to the physician’s PatientNOW system.

PatientPad“Digital Assent’s partnership with PatientNOW will significantly improve a patient’s experience from the moment they walk through their physician’s door,” said Tim Collins, CTO and co-founder of Digital Assent. “Everything is electronic and automated, which decreases time spent filling out paperwork or a doctor shuffling through paper for health information. Physicians will also benefit from reduced clerical errors and transcription costs.”

The PatientPad is a wireless touch-screen solution that automates the patient check-in process and delivers targeted health information and advertising to interested patients while they sit in their healthcare provider’s waiting room, exam room or treatment room. Since the beginning of the year, the PatientPad has enjoyed rapid adoption by physician practices in more than 30 states.

Along with a comprehensive and certified EMR solution, PatientNOW offers fully integrated marketing, customer contact and patient process tracking tools to increase efficiency and revenue creation for each practice.  This unified EMR and practice management solution is tailor-made for the aesthetic medical provider market, including plastic and cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists and medical spas.

“Aligning ourselves with Digital Assent and the PatientPad is a natural fit for both companies, which are two of the pioneers leading the conversion from paper to electronic health records,” said Jerry Jacobson, president and co-founder of PatientNOW.  “Capturing data electronically from the patient and pushing it automatically to the PatientNOW EMR system is a tremendous value and time saver for every one of our practices.”

The first office to go live with the integrated solution was The Skin Spa of Newnan Dermatology, located a few miles south of metro Atlanta in Newnan, Ga. “Now that PatientPad integrates with PatientNOW, our front-office staff no longer have to waste time and energy manually entering patient data,” said Trisha Kennedy, Director of The Skin Spa.

This partnership follows on the heels of Digital Assent’s recent $7.5 million Series B equity funding, which the company is using to more rapidly grow its market share and product footprint.  Earlier this year, the company received a $2 million Series A round of funding to expand its leadership team and launch a national sales campaign.


Plastic Surgeons Climb Out of Bottom 5 Specialties Adopting EHR

The specialty of plastic surgery is no longer listed in the bottom 5 specialties reporting usage of electronic health records software, according to a report from SK&A.

In October 2010, only 25% of plastic surgeons reported office use of EHR. Listed among the bottom specialities at the time were psychiatry, plastic surgery, osteopathic manipulation, baritatrics and holistic medicine.

Within one year, plastic surgeons evidently adopted EHR at a rate that lifted them out of this bottom five, while the other specialties remained. Primary care physicians are believed to be leading the way in EHR adoption.

SK&A has a federal contract to measure EHR adoption. You can view the report document in PDF here: Physician Office Usage of Electronic Health Records Software


Patients Reveal Electronic Privacy Concerns

During a switch to EMR, you may want to notify your patients about security of their electronic medical records. A recent survey conducted by the Xerox company shows that many people are concerned about stolen, lost or damaged medical information.

According to Business Wire, patients concerns include:

  • Stolen personal information by hackers (about 80%)
  • Lost, damaged, corrupted records (64 percent)
  • Misuse of their information (62 percent)

If you’re using an EMR already, it’s wise to reassure your patients about security of their records. It may help to explain how paper records have their own security disadvantages: they can be damaged, lost or stolen more easily than electronic information.


Benefits of E-Prescribing, in Seattle Times

A new article in the Seattle Times explains the many advantages of e-prescriptions, for both doctors and patients.

Benefits outlined in the article include:

  • Doctors can check patient’s medical history for potentially harmful drug interactions
  • Reduced risk of medication errors caused by illegible handwriting or failure to spot drug allergies, etc.
  • System can confirm the prescription benefits
  • Refills are complete with the touch of a button
  • Affordable medications can be selected more easily
  • Integration with EMR allows easy access to vital patient information

Overall, the article shows that e-prescribing technology is improving the efficiency of medical practices – especially those writing many prescriptions.


EMR Acceptance is Slow, Despite Federal Push

On the popular site Technorati, Patrick Malone discusses the “Slow Evolution” of EMR in a recent article. He writes:

“Despite a vigorous campaign by the federal government and some large health-care providers to move the nation’s patient records from the Jurassic Age of paper to the Electronic Age of digital communication, most physicians and clinics have been slow to embrace the transfer.”

Among the impediments to EMR acceptance among doctors, he cites patient privacy concerns and lack of uniformity between medical record systems.

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Study Finds Majority of Americans Support Use of EMR

According to a recent Reuters news article, 64 percent of people polled by the University of Chicago felt the benefits of electronic medical records outweighed concerns about privacy.

“A large majority of Americans support use of health IT to improve healthcare and safety, and reduce costs,” said Daniel Gaylin, the executive vice president for research at the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center.

Gaylin suggests that doctors using EMR are more likely to share relevant information with their patients. “It facilitates the exchange of information,” he tells Reuters.

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Tulsa Community College Launches EMR Program

A small community college in Tulsa has recognized the growing need for American workers who understand electronic medical records (EMR).


(Image courtesy of newson6.com Oklahoma)

As part of a special program, students at Tulsa Community College are learning to bridge the gap between information technology and medical records. As the government-subsidized switch to EMR moves forward, these students will be prepared and more employable in the healthcare industry.

Tuition in the program is also subsidized. “”If you succeed and pass everything, it’s basically free,” said Sandy Smith, Director of Health Information Technology at the college.

The idea of using EMR in a classroom setting is not a new concept, and actually pre-dates the current government effort to digitize medical records. Several years ago, a program at the University of Minnesota used a simulated EMR to assist the teaching of medical students. The students used the EMR system in a virtual visit: “by going to the clinic web page, signing in and viewing a simulation of a typical clinic electronic patient record system. This system details the patient’s demographic information, past medical history, family history, social history, and progress notes.”