EHR: Streamline Staff Work Flow, Improve Patient Care

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Michelle Cooper, OD

Electronic health records systems can eliminate duplications and streamline the daily routines of your staff—letting you concentrate on improving patient care.

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Reprinted with permission from Review of Optometric Business.

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Get Out of the Fog, Stay Safe in the Cloud – Part 2

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You know that cloud-based solutions add greater protection from security risks, but it’s important to consider the correct criteria to be sure you select the solution that best fits your needs.   Here are five key takeaways:

  1. Password Policies –Strict password policy requirements are imperative to protect your data. For greater security, password requirements should include a minimum length, alpha-numeric character combinations, and lock-outs after failed login attempts. Be clever when setting your passwords.
  2. Time-outs when idle – Make sure your system automatically times out if you leave your system idle for more than 10 minutes.
  3. Encryption – Make sure your cloud solution encrypts the patient data. Look for encryption of at least 128 bit.
  4. Enterprise-Grade Hosting –An Enterprise-grade hosting facility such as Amazon is recommended to assure greater security.
  5. 3rd Party Audits – Find a vendor who has taken a proactive approach to security by arranging to be audited to identify areas of risk and has made the investment to secure all backdoor vulnerabilities (i.e.: PLYNT Security Testing Verification & Certification).

While there are no guarantees in protection from hackers, it is important to reduce the risks associated with maintaining patient health information. The right cloud solution can significantly reduce the risk.

Next in our cloud series, we’ll look at cloud models, so stay tuned.

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Last Chance for Meaningful Use Incentives, Avoid Penalties in 2016

Avoid 2016 PenaltiesOctober 1 marks another important meaningful use deadline—especially if you missed the opportunity to begin on July 1 and avoid the 1% Medicare payment adjustment in 2015. October 1 is the last day to begin meaningful use and avoid a larger penalty—a 2% adjustment in 2016.

Additionally, if you begin by October 1 and attest by February 28, 2015, you are eligible for the remaining Medicare incentive payments—up to $24,000 over the next three years based on a percentage of your Medicare Part B billings.

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