Design and Implementation
EHR and EMR systems are made up of many components and moving parts. A successful EHR is one that seamlessly combines software, network, hardware, medical equipment, security, and other processes into a single integrated system.
Entegration has worked with many EHR / EMR software vendors and has experience with implementing and supporting these systems. A few of the vendors include: Aprima / iMedica, GE Centricity, MedSoft RESource, MYSIS, and eClinicalworks.
Incorporating lab providers can help streamline a practice but can also pose challenges. We have worked with many lab vendors including LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, and LabDaq.
Integrating various pieces of medical equipment in a practice can provide significant benefits. This includes digital x-rays, ultrasound machines, and blood analysis equipment (Immulite, Tosoh, etc.).
One Major role of an EHR is to minimize patient paper charts and to make access to information easier and more secure. Your practice will need to determine the best way to handle the existing paper based processes. Entegration can help with implementing electronic faxing, scanning, and transcription services where appropriate.
Security and privacy are the most important aspects of protecting patient data and remaining compliant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Entegration ensures that all components of an EHR are implemented with the strictest security measures. In addition, we have built services to provide on-going security and HIPAA compliance audits. Designing security and privacy into an EHR and then monitoring them on an ongoing basis is the best way to protect patient data.
As a practice moves from paper charts to EHR, there is the need for a robust, reliable, and secure data network that provides access to patient records. Entegration understands the critical needs of data networks and can recommend, implement and support these networks. Secure access to information is critical whether it is in a single location practice, a multiple location practice, or a practice connected to other practices and/or hospitals. We have designed and implemented data networks for each of the scenarios and understand the challenges and benefits of each of them.
There are various decisions that must be made regarding computer equipment and network processes when implementing an EHR. Should doctors and nurses use laptops, PCs, terminals or tablets? Should the equipment be connected wirelessly or via wires? Should the front desk have access to insurance card/drivers license scanners? Should scanning occur centrally or de-centrally and should there be individual scanners or workgroup scanners? How should incoming and outgoing faxes be handled? We can help, and guide you through these decisions.
Another function of an EHR may be to expand access and services to your patients. This can include encrypted email between doctor / patient, appointment scheduling, and documentation (i.e. new patient forms). Entegration has experience with each of these, and can help you identify what is involved in implementing them.