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EMR VS. EHR

LSS Data Systems refers to Medical and Practice Management (MPM) as an Electronic Health Record (EHR) for several reasons. First and foremost, MPM is an EHR because it fully integrates with MEDITECH's Health Care Information System (HCIS) to create one shared patient record across your healthcare enterprise. Regardless of whether your patients are seen in your hospital(s), affiliated physician practices and clinics, long-term care facilities or other outpatient settings (including home care), their medical records are accessible to care providers in real time. In contrast, the traditional Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a closed system, for use within a single healthcare organization only.

MPM is also an EHR because it is interoperable. LSS carefully follows the development of the interoperability standards promulgated by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and intends to continue to participate in the Commission's certification process. MPM already includes the ability to import electronic documents through robust scanning and importing tools, as well as outside lab results via standard interfaces, to accommodate care data from outside your enterprise. As interoperability standards advance, LSS will continue to extend MPM's robust data sharing functionality, including the ability to exchange the Continuity of Care Document (CCD).

Ultimately LSS considers the more inclusive concept of a "health" record to more appropriately describe MPM than a "medical" record. Of course, MPM is primarily geared toward medical professionals, but it also benefits patients by aggregating their health information and making it accessible to authorized providers throughout the enterprise, and even to patients themselves via the LSS Patient Portal.

In its 2003 report titled "Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System," the Institute of Medicine (IOM) enumerated eight core functions of an EHR system, all of which MPM facilitates:

 


  1. Health information and data. The system holds the information that would be expected in a paper chart — problem lists, medication lists, test results, etc.
    MPM's electronic chart contains care data from across the organization's enterprise, presented in a format that is intuitive to ambulatory providers. As a result, clinicians have access to much more information than would be expected in a traditional paper chart, including data from other affiliated practices, acute care facilities, long-term care, home health and other outpatient settings.
  1. Results management. An EHR enables the importation of lab results, radiology reports, X-ray images electronically.
    MPM's full integration with MEDITECH LAB and RAD modules brings results and reports directly to the physician's desktop and to the patient's electronic chart. Results and reports from outside organizations may also be imported through robust scanning and importing features.
  1. Order entry. Medication order entry and e-prescribing, laboratory, microbiology, pathology, radiology, nursing, and supply orders, as well as ancillary services and consults.
    MPM offers fully integrated e-prescribing functionality co-developed with industry leader DrFirst. Moreover, full integration with all applicable MEDITECH modules (LAB, RAD, etc.) means that order requisitions are routed electronically to the correct ancillary service and results are returned directly to the physician’s desktop in MPM for prompt review and action.
  1. Decision support. An EHR should warn clinicians about drug-drug and drug-allergy interactions and make available evidence-based guidelines to help providers consider treatment options.
    MPM's ordering tools include rigorous drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checking along with up-to-date evidence-based guidelines through our partnership with Zynx Health.
  1. Electronic communications and connectivity. Providers should be able to efficiently communicate with their staff as well as other care partners (other clinicians, lab, radiology and pharmacy staff, etc.). EHR systems may also provide options for communicating directly with patients.
    MPM includes many messaging tools that enhance communication between providers not only within single practices, but across the healthcare enterprise. MPM's Patient Portal provides options for securely communicating with patients and for offering patients access to their clinical and financial information.
  1. Patient support. Patients can access educational materials and enter data themselves through online questionnaires and home monitoring devices.
    Patient education tools developed by MEDITECH help patients manage their health proactively with information about common medical diagnoses, treatment and medications. MPM also includes the ability to incorporate information captured from web-based patient questionnaires through our partnership with Primetime Medical Software. Finally, through our partnership with Patient Care Technologies – a leading provider of home care, hospice, tele-health, and private duty software – data from home monitoring devices may be incorporated directly into patient medical records.
  1. Administrative processes. The system enhances the overall efficiency of standard practice management functions, aiding with billing and claims management, authorizations, referrals, etc.
    MPM incorporates robust physician practice management software, including a powerful billing and receivables application that is fully integrated with clinical applications to significantly streamline the creation of patient bills and insurance claims. MPM's Authorization and Referral Management application enables referrals and authorizations to be entered and accessible during the scheduling, registration, and billing processes, reducing delays and confusion.
  1. Reporting and population health management. An EHR will help organizations adhere to multiple public and private sector reporting requirements at the federal, state, and local levels for patient safety and quality, as well as for public health.
    MPM includes robust reporting tools for assessing clinical and financial performance, ensuring adherence to patient safety, facilitating ongoing quality improvement and addressing public health reporting requirements.

 

For these and many other reasons, LSS Data Systems refers to Medical and Practice Management (MPM) as an integrated physician practice management and electronic health record product.

Please speak with your Applications Specialist or Sales Associate if you have additional questions regarding MPM.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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