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Pain Management EMR Can Help Doctors Treat Children in the ER

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a report this week regarding the relief of pain in pediatric patients in emergency care settings. According to the report, “a systematic approach to pain management and anxiolysis, including staff education and protocol development, can provide comfort to children…and improve staff and family satisfaction.”

By using pain management EMR software, ER physicians can overcome treatment barriers and properly manage pain and stress in children following guidelines recommended by the AAP. Here’s how:

Pediatric pain assessments

Children experience pain much differently than adults do due to lower tolerance levels – and the younger the child is the less resistant he/she is to pain. In addition, children cannot always accurately describe what they feel or differentiate between different degrees of discomfort. By using EMR software, however, doctors and nurses have access to pediatric pain assessment tools, which can help gauge the severity of pain a child is feeling based on the patient’s age and level of development. Some of the tools that pain management and pediatric EMR systems include are:

  • Numerical pain scales
  • FACES pain scale
  • Neonatal pain scoring tool

Medication administration

The AAP also recommends that analgesics and anesthetics be administered as painlessly as possible – and that hospital emergency rooms have policies in place regarding the use of topical anesthetics prior to potentially painful procedures. This can include stitching a wound or placing an intravenous line. After healthcare professionals have established policies for their organization, the notes can be easily uploaded to their EMR for nurses and providers to access when treating young patients.

Safe sedation before surgery

In order to relieve pain and ensure that a child remains still during a complex procedure, emergency room physicians often administer short-acting agents to provide sedation. However, providing safe sedation for children requires abiding by appropriate guidelines. Before sedating a child, the AAP recommends that physicians perform a structured risk stratification, which includes examining the patient’s airway and taking into account pre-existing conditions. Doctors using a pain management EMR can use pre-loaded templates to document the data and to ensure that all areas of concern have been monitored. With an EMR, emergency room physicians can also benefit from post-op templates and easily printable forms, such as follow-up care instructions to give parents upon discharging the patient.

Interested in learning more about 1st Providers Choice’s pain management EMR software? Click here to read about our software’s features or contact us at 480-782-1116 for a free demo.

Physical Therapists Converge In Vegas for Annual Conference

Physical therapy EMR conferenceAre you a physical therapist looking to earn continuing education units (CEU)? Do you want to learn more about physical therapy EMR software or hear stories about issues affecting practices like yours? If so, the PPS/APTA Annual Conference & Exhibition is the place for you.

Organized by the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, this year’s event will take place at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada from Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27.

Attendees who are able to make it to Las Vegas a day early can participate in two pre-conference workshops, “Navigating in an ACO and Shared Savings Environment: The What, Why and How” and “Claims, Coding, Appeals, Audits & Regulations-Stepping It Up a Notch!” which is geared towards practice administrators.

Lectures, seminars and discussions throughout the three-day event will cover a wide range of physical therapy topics, though physicians will likely pay special attention to health technology-related sessions. A key session on Day 1, for example, will discuss how the National Health Information Exchange (HIE) initiative is impacting care delivery for physical therapists. Speakers will provide information to help physicians decide whether or not to participate in an HIE. On Day 2, attendees will want to make sure they get a good seat at the “Moving Your Practice into the Cloud” session – particularly for physical therapists who have questions about cloud computing and using a cloud-based EMR.

All those interested in learning more about EMR technology can check out 1st Providers Choice’s physical therapy EMR and practice management software at Booth 517. Other exhibitors at the event will include software vendors and rehabilitation centers, as well as additional companies that offer services to the physical therapy industry.

Converting Your Allscripts MyWay Data to a Certified EMR

Thinking about replacing your Allscripts EMR system? You’re not alone. After Allscripts announced earlier this month that it was halting all sales and development of its MyWay product – and that the EMR will not be ICD-10 or meaningful use stage 2 compliant – many physicians have begun considering making the transition to another fully certified EMR that meets their practice’s needs.

Despite the fact that Allscripts is offering to upgrade current MyWay users for free to their Professional Suite EMR, the Professional Suite solution may not be the best option for many smaller practice physicians. Plus, if you are going to have to go through a new implementation period anyway, it might as well be with an EMR of your choosing and not the standard, across-the-board solution that Allscripts is offering to each of its MyWay users.

Having successfully completed numerous Allscripts data conversions, 1st Providers Choice is committed to helping medical professionals ease into a new, easy to learn EMR system. We have software solutions for a wide range of specialties, we offer integrated scheduling and billing, and learning to use our software has never been easier. Our team will guide you through the conversion process, explain implementation and even outline the training process.

If you are dissatisfied with Allscripts or wary about implementing their Professional Suite EMR, now is the perfect time to consider moving to a different system altogether. Contact us online today or call 480-782-1116 for more information about converting your MyWay data to 1st Providers Choice.

Providers Prepare for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use stage 2 guidelines build on stage 1, promote data exchange and patient engagement.

stethoscopeWhile many providers are still knee deep in the first stage of meaningful use, countless others have yet to implement an EMR system, much less attest to meaningful use. Still, many medical professionals have already started preparing for meaningful use stage 2. Understanding what is expected from providers for meaningful use is the best way to prepare and to ensure that objectives and reporting requirements are met.

When will I need to begin reporting?  The earliest that any eligible hospital or provider can attest to meaningful use stage 2 is 2014. To do so, healthcare professionals must first demonstrate two years of meaningful use under the criteria for stage 1.

What should I expect?  For providers who have already spent two years familiarizing themselves with the first stage of meaningful use, including its core and menu objectives, attesting for stage 2 should be fairly straightforward. Stage 2 retains the same structure as the first phase but increases the number of core measures that must be met as well as percentages for those objectives. For example, in stage 1 physicians were required to record specific demographic information in their certified EMR software for more than 50 percent of patients. In stage 2, the requirement has increased to more than 80 percent of patients.

  • Core and Menu Objectives: For meaningful use stage 2, eligible providers will need to meet 17 of 20 core objectives and eligible hospitals will be required to meet 16 of 19. Both hospitals and providers will need to meet 3 of 6 menu objectives.
  • Clinical Quality Measures (CQM): CQMs have been removed as a core objective; however, physicians must still report on CQMs to show meaningful use. Providers will be required to report on 9 of 64 CQMs, and hospitals will need to report on 16 of 29.

What else has changed from stage 1 to stage 2?

Reporting period: In 2014 there will only be one three-month reporting period for all providers, regardless of which stage of meaningful use they are on Batch reporting: Starting with stage 2, organizations will be able to submit attestation information for all of their eligible professionals in one file. Previously, data had to be entered separately for each provider.

Patient engagement: A new core objective in stage 2 requires all providers (except those in limited broadband areas) to use secure electronic messaging to communicate with at least 5 percent patients. For a different objective, physicians must provide at least 5 percent of their patients the ability to view online, download and transmit their health information within four business days of the information being available to the provider.

Electronic exchange: A new core objective will require physicians to provide a summary of care record for more than 50 percent of patients that are referred to a another care setting or provider. Of those care records, more than 10 percent must be sent electronically – and at least one must be to a provider with a different EMR system or to a CMS-designated test EMR.

Are you looking for an EMR system that can help you meet meaningful use objectives? Contact us to learn more about the interactive Meaningful Use Reporting Module in our fully certified medical billing, EMR and practice management software.

Treating Patients at a Distance with Telemedicine EMR

Doctors using telemedicine EMRTelemedicine services allow medical professionals to provide care at a distance by using videoconferencing technologies and other digital IT solutions. Additionally, with telemedicine EMR software physicians can easily incorporate telehealth data into their patients’ electronic health records. This allows medical professionals to keep accurate documentation of their patient encounters, whether or not the patient is physically in the office.


Who can benefit from telemedicine?

Through telemedicine and telemonitoring, physicians are able to monitor patients’ health from afar, eliminating distance barriers and allowing patients to receive medical services despite healthcare facilities not being easily accessible. Some of the people who benefit from telemedicine include:

  • Patients in rural communities who live far from medical facilities
  • Critical care patients who cannot be easily transported
  • Patients requiring follow-up care after surgery
  • Patients without access to transportation

What does 1st Providers Choice offer in terms of telemedicine for EMR?

Telemedicine practices support the medical home model and help healthcare professionals deliver collaborative and comprehensive care to patients. In order to provide physicians with telepresence and voice communications solutions that are able to integrate with their EMR software, 1st Providers Choice has partnered with Polycom. Our EMR-integrated telemedicine solutions allow:

  • Instant communication with patients: Our collaboration with Polycom allows healthcare professionals to keep close contact with patients through live, high definition video feeds. This makes it possible for physicians to perform critical consults for patients who cannot easily make the trip to the doctor’s office.
  • Data collaboration with other providers: Physicians can also collaborate with other caregivers by sharing EHR data and images for mutual patients through Polycom’s desktop video solutions. Physicians can then store the data in their patient’s electronic health record for future reference.

If you access your EMR on the iPad, you can also use your tablet for telemonitoring and telehealth. To find out how our telemedicine EMR services will allow you to control costs, address staffing shortages, and increase levels of care, contact us at 480-782-1116.