Patient Approved® and PatientNOW announce the formation of a new strategic partnership that will offer medical practices a seamless way to integrate their patient ratings system into their EMR that has been designed specifically for aesthetic medical practices.
PatientNOW, a growing developer of EMR, sales automation and office management systems for aesthetic medical practices, is opening a new software development and quality assurance (QA) facility in Richmond, Virginia. As part of this expansion, the company has hired Robert Wilchek as Vice President of Development and plans to hire 6 to 10 employees in the coming months.
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.
“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.”
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.
Software as a Service, or what is known as SaaS, has come on strong over the past few years. The concept of SaaS is that a company hosts their software application on a computer server that is attached to the Internet. The application is accessed by the customer from any other computer connected to the Internet. Many software companies focus their entire business on SaaS. Google’s Gmail is a perfect example of SaaS where a user can access their email from any computer, not knowing or caring the physical location of where their email is stored.
So how will SaaS function in the healthcare industry, specifically medical practices?
As we know, the medical industry will be moving to electronic medical records (EMR) over the next five years due to the adoption of the Stimulus Plan earlier this year which provides physicians with up to $44,000 in reimbursements over a five year period for implementing and using an EMR system. Patient records will be easily accessible by the physicians from within their medical practices, instead of having to find the patient file in the sea of manila folders.
A patient record stores a wide variety of information such as correspondence, x-rays, lab results, EKG readings, and examinations. A single visit to the doctor can generate over 10 to 15 pieces of paper (Blau, 2004). More information will be added to these files as the industry moves to EMR. The amount of information going into a patient record is not slowing down anytime soon.
In addition, much of the existing data that is stored in the patient’s file will need to scanned and attached to the patient’s electronic record. X-rays, for example, will be scanned and stored as an image, increasing the size of the patient record considerably. Any new x-rays that are taken will be received as an image and also stored int he patient’s record. Dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, and plastic surgeons all use photography as part of their medical practice. Before and after photos are taken from multiple angles and distances, and are then stored within a the patient record.