The Healthcare Industry & Electronic Medical Records

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It is designed to promote the adoption and standardization of health information technology.  It also serves to strengthen the privacy and security protections of health information, and to improve the overall effectiveness of HIPAA regulations.  Under the HITECH Act, hospitals, physicians, and other health care organizations may face serious penalties if they have not implemented an electronic health record (EHR) or electronic medical record (EMR) system by 2015.  Other types of personal health records (PHR) are also in the mix to be managed electronically.

In the past decade, speculation has surfaced regarding the role current systems for managing healthcare information play in our flawed healthcare industry.  There are a number of reasons why paper-based records aren’t sufficient in our digital age.  Short of being inaccessible, incomplete and time consuming to manage, paper health records don’t meet the guidelines to protect a patient’s personal information.  Paper charts and records also don’t promote care coordination, quality measurements or a reduction in medical errors. Many of these critical elements of healthcare just aren’t possible without the adoption of computerized systems.  The implementation of electronic medical records is an important step in improving our nation’s healthcare system.

Medical e-chart, electronic records and document management software systems are increasing in prominence as healthcare providers consider the transition, and work towards compliance with enforced healthcare provisions.

ILM helps healthcare organizations with their medical scanning needs by converting patient records into electronic files and indexing the information into an accessible, user-friendly system.  This includes digitizing existing paper charts, lab results, prescriptions, billing records, insurance correspondence, explanation of benefits and physician notes just to name a few.  In addition, we assist organizations in developing a useable system for creating electronic records for first-time patients.

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