For many physicians, transitioning to an electronic health record (EHR) system seems like a daunting task, and for good reason. Traditional client-server options have a high learning curve and involve buying special hardware and software to run patient databases.
That’s why, when we were developing Care360, we worked to create a system that could be adopted quickly and is easy to use. Unlike traditional software, Care360 is web-based and fully mobile. You can immediately access patient information through any web connected computer, an iPhone®, iPad®, Blackberry® and most other smartphones.
With Care360, physicians have access to a platform that is user friendly and easy to learn. If you know how to navigate the Internet, you can pick it up quickly. There is no hidden functionality and customizing the layout as you go is very easy. You customize your screen to see patient information you need on a by simply dragging and dropping boxes.
Care360 includes everything an office needs to document patient care. You can order labs and medications, change pharmacy information, document patient notes and access past medical and surgical histories. Labs and radiology results can be automatically integrated into patient notes. It is easy for physicians to send messages to patients, as well as other doctors on the healthcare team.
Care360 EHR enables a streamlined workflow for physicians and their office staff. The medical assistant or nurse can start a note, record vital signs and document the reasons for a patient’s visit. When entering vitals, the BMI is automatically calculated. If the patient is a child, the height and weight can be graphed on standard growth charts. Diagnoses are coded and placed in the patient note in accordance to ICD-9 or SNOMED CT.
The federal government made electronic health records a priority in 2009 by providing funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Providers who demonstrate Meaningful Use of EHR certified technology can receive up to $44,000 in incentive payments from Medicare.
Providers will also face penalties beginning in 2015 if they do not use a certified EHR. You should also keep in mind that commercial payers usually follow the guidelines set forth by Medicare. Care360 EHR meets the Medicare guidelines for reimbursement.
Stability of Quest Diagnostics
When choosing an EHR, you want to make sure that the company or organization you partner with is in it for the long-term. For more than a decade, Quest Diagnostics has delivered technology for organizations that is easy to use and seamlessly integrates with established workflow patterns. Designed to meet the changing needs of a practice, Care360 is used by more than 200,000 physicians in 80,000 physician offices nationwide. A Fortune 500 company, Quest Diagnostics has been recognized as a leader in the industry.