Staying HIPAA compliant can sometimes translate to, “being prepared for the worst.” For some therapists, having hard copies of everything seems like the safest way to ensure that information does… read more →
Providers have been hearing about “Meaningful Use” for a while now, and in the live HIPAA workshops I occasionally get questions asking for help understanding what it is and how…...
The Federal Guidelines of HIPAA do not require providers to use Electronic Medical Records, however there are other entities that have adopted stricter requirements. The state of Minnesota is one:…...
The term paperless practice generally refers to a practice where paper forms are either never filled out by the client or created by the provider, or where any paper generated is quickly scanned, uploaded to computer/server, and the paper originals shredded. Sometimes it’s a combination of those two methods, since some paperwork is generally inevitable. I personally have a paperless practice, and I love it. I love the time it saves me now, and I love saving the trees!
This is the cloud-based practice management system that I use personally in my clinical practice. The system is simple, clean, easy and intuitive to use, and they keep adding new features. It has all the normal features, like calendar, client info, prog notes etc, reports, and document uploading, and also has a patient portal, an iphone app, and insurance billing (that one is an extra fee.)
Google Apps for Business is an affordable Do-It-Yourself way to create a cloud-based practice management system. It also provides you with a HIPAA compliant system for email and a calendar. The short video will give you more details.
EMR stands for Electronic Medical Record, and refers to any system that stores patient files electronically (ie, on your computer or on the internet.) The most typical way to use EMRs within your practice is to contract with a software company that provides access to their EMR system through the internet. These are often referred to as “Cloud based practice management systems” (CBPMS.)
Minnesota is unique in that providers in that state will be required to use an interoperable EHR by January 2015.
This is a very frequently asked question… can I use Skype? Is it HIPAA compliant?