Health Information Technology

Navigating the secure management and exchange of health information.

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.

Below is helpful information and resources to assist you in establishing effective processes related to the management and sharing of health information.

Cybersecurity and Risk Assessments
The increasing dependence on health information technologies also means an increasing need for awareness of securities and risks.

E-Prescribing
The Texas Medical Association has helpful information and resources on electronic prescribing, including the e-prescribing of controlled substances.

EHR Best Practices
Includes information on scribes, copy/paste best practices, as well as tips from physicians on how they were able to improve the use of their Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. The information is organized for practices based on size. There are tips and case studies for all types of clinics, from solo physician practices to large practices of 50 or more 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.

EHR Vendor Comparison Tools
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 (HIE)
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, an independent, community supported organization serving healthcare providers within a 23-county region, was created to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare in the Greater Houston area by providing rapid, electronic access to patient health information.

MACRA and Medicare's QPP
CMS has implemented several critical provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by creating a Medicare quality reporting program. The Quality Payment Program (QPP) is the umbrella program for two separate participation pathways, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (Promoting Interoperability)
State Medicaid programs have established Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. These programs provide incentive payments to health-care professionals and hospitals that meet specific eligibility requirements  when they adopt, implement and meaningfully use certified EHR technology. Find information and resources for participation in the Texas Medicaid Meaningful through Texas Health and Human Services (HHS).

TMA's DocBookMD
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.

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