The Connected Rheumatology Practice
Monday, November 12, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
The adoption of an electronic health record (EHR) system can be an overwhelming process. As health information technology (HIT) becomes more of a necessity for the practice of medicine, finding the right information to help guide practice personnel through the process of EHR adoption is critical.
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In addition to addressing IT prevalence inside the practice, today’s rheumatology providers must also address the evolving role of the technology-enabled patient. Surveys have shown that 81% of Americans between the ages of 30 and 49 are online daily, and that online access is so important that half would consider switching doctors for a practice that offered the ability to communicate and complete important healthcare tasks online.1 A strong online presence is instrumental in getting patients in the door, and then can be used to engage them in their own care.
To learn from others’ successes, and failures, attend “The Connected Rheumatology Practice—EHR, and Social Media Implementation and Customization” on Monday, November 12, from 11:00 AM–12:30 PM.
This session will cover how to anticipate and address key obstacles to EHR adoption, determine important features to ensure your EHR system meets your practice’s needs, and understand how to work with EHR vendors to develop rheumatology-specific templates. Also, learn tips and tricks to optimize your EHR system to develop strong marketing programs and promote patient engagement through a variety of web-based mediums, including search engines, social networking, blogging, and patient reviews.
- Shuman L, Friedman DP. Effective practice marketing in the 24-7 digital age of dentistry. Published May 2011. Available at www.prideinstitute.com/assets/articles/EffectivePracticeMarketing.pdf. Accessed September 18, 2012.
The Guide to Meaningful Use and Beyond
Tuesday, November 13, 9:00–10:30 AM
The meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) criteria span the health IT landscape, affecting EHR adoption and use, clinical decision support, interoperability, privacy, safety, quality of care, and much more. With the influx of federal funding, initiatives, and requirements for the use of health information technology, you may be in the beginning stages of Meaningful Use attestation in order to receive federal incentive payments.
To learn details of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Program and discuss key learning points and experiences from early adopters who have attested to meaningful use, attend “The Guide to Meaningful Use and Beyond” on Tuesday, November 13, from 9:00–10:30 AM, and create your roadmap to successfully meet the regulation criteria.