"It's not that we don't care, we just know that the fight ain't fair... so we keep on waiting - waiting on the world to change"Get Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los AngelesDVD.
Physical therapists aren't the only ones waiting... Physicians, too, have traditionally waited before purchasing an electronic medical record (EMR).
However, physical therapists can take heart that we are not too far behind the curve set by physicians in the United States.
Until recently, physician adoption of EMRs has been fairly slow. But, all that changed on February 17, 2009 when President Obama signed the The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology.
"Pursuant to the HiTECH Act, providers can be eligible of incentives of up to $44,000."Provider, however, is ONLY defined as physicians - not physical therapists...
For the Medicare reimbursement of up to $44,000, the term eligible professional refers only to physicians as defined by section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act.
- Doctor of Medicine
- Doctor of Osteopathy
- Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
- Doctor of Optometry
- Doctor of Oral Surgery
- Doctor of Dental Medicine
Physicians across the nation have increased their adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) according to the Electronic Medical Record Systems of Office-based Physicians: 2009 - 2010:
"Additional survey data from National Center for Health Statistics show that significantly increasing numbers of primary care physicians have already adopted a basic EHR, rising by 50 percent from 19.8 percent of primary care physicians in 2008 to 29.6 percent in 2010."This data was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on December 8th, 2010.
Dr. John D. Halamka of Harvard Medical School, estimates that only 2% of physicians have a "full-featured" EMR (2010).
"Full-featured" EMRs have all the bells and whistles that define the Meaningful Use criteria (from Dr. Halanka's blog):
- Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) - and different orders, such as physical therapy electronically.
- Drug-drug interaction checks
- Drug-allergy interaction checks
- Report patient demographics
- Report PQRI quality measures electronically
- Maintain active problem lists
- Maintain active medication lists
- Maintain active allergy lists
- Check smoking status
- Check vital signs
- Clinical Decision Support systems (CDS) to improve quality and save time - right now, most physical therapist EMRs provide reminders and prompts for charge capture and revenue enhancement which, while perfectly rational, do little to enhance clinical quality.
- Formulary checks
- Advanced directives
- Incorporate lab results as structured data
- Generate patient lists
- Send patient reminders
- Electronic outpatient notes
- Electronic inpatient notes
- Electronic Medication Administration Records
- Provide an electronic copy of health information
- Provide a copy of discharge instructions
- Patient specific educational resources
- Web-based download of inpatient records
- Provide clinical summaries for each office visit
- Timely electronic access
- Measures for clinical summaries and timely electronic access
- Online Secure messaging
- Patient preference for communication medium
- Patient Engagement
- Perform test of HIE
- Perform Medication reconciliation
- Provide summary of care record
- List Care members
- Longitudinal care plan
- Submit immunization data
- Submit reportable lab data
- Submit syndromic surveillance data
- Ensure privacy
PhysicalTherapyProductsOnline poll of 19,000 rehab professionals
I'm not waiting on the world to define my future - I'm defining my future by investing in the tools of tomorrow.
In 2011, I'll spend several thousand dollars on software coding for a proprietary Clinical Decision Support system that is HITECH compliant using Treatment Based Classification to improve quality and get better outcomes.
How about the rest of us?
Will you spend money on Electronic Medical Records software in 2011?