Health Information Technology (HIT)

 

Best Practices for Using Your EHR

This web page includes information on scribes, copy and pasting best practices, as well as short tips from physician practices on how they were able to improve the use of their EHR systems. The information is specifically organized for practices based on their size. There are tips and case studies for all types of clinics, from small, solo physician practices, to larger 50 or more physicians practices. (Updated June 2018) 

 

Cybersecurity and Risk Assessments

Successful practices in the current health care environment depend upon technology in its many forms to keep track of payments, patient information and to communicate with physicians and patients. However, the increasing dependence on these technologies also means an increasing need for awareness of securities and risks. (Updated October 2017) 

 

DocBook

DocbookMD is an exclusive HIPAA-secure application for both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets that allows physicians to send HIPAA-compliant messages bundled with photos of X-rays, EKGs, wounds, and more, just as if they were sending a text. A tool designed by physicians and for physicians.   

 

EHR Switches and Transitions

What physicians and practices should know about switching and transitioning to a new EHR system including cost comparisons, data migration plans and post-implementation guides. (Updated November 2017)   

 

EHR Vendor Comparison Tools

HCMS/TMA members can access assessments of EHR products that have a solid Texas market base. These assessments include most used vendors in Texas, side-by-side summary comparisons, vendor pricing comparisons, and EHR vendor profiles. 

 

Health Information Exchange

Electronic health information exchange, or "HIE", is the secure electronic exchange of patient personal health information between treating physicians, hospitals, health care payers, and other health care providers involved in the care of the patient. Greater Houston Healthconnect was created to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare in the Greater Houston Area by providing rapid, electronic access to patient health information. Healthconnect is an independent, community supported organization serving healthcare providers within a 23-county region. (Updated June 2018)

 

Hospital Portals 

This section contains Web portal links to hospitals in the Houston area for physicians to access their patients' clinical and billing information. (Updated April 2018)

 

MACRA and the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP)

On Nov. 4, 2016 CMS implemented several critical provisions of The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by creating a new Medicare quality reporting program, entitled the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The QPP is the umbrella program for two separate participation pathways, The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). (Updated January 2018)

  

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use)

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has created instructions for participation in the Medicaid Meaningful Use program. Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) also provides a program FAQ(Updated April 2017)  

 

Telehealth - Telemedicine

Telemedicine, or telehealth, allows patients to be monitored between office visits and provides them access to expertise not available in their local area.


Created by HCMS | Revised June 2018