Early last year, we released an EHR dictionary packed full of terms and acronyms you should know being in the eyecare industry. Today, we’re updating our word bank with these buzzwords that you should expect to hear throughout 2015. You might already be familiar with some these terms and they might not be new, but we think that they will become a lot more prevalent due to government regulations in place this year.
Important Buzzwords for Your 2015 EHR Dictionary
Engaging your patients is part of providing great customer service to retain and draw more patients in your practice. “Engaging” is a very broad term, but in this case, we’re talking about providing your patients the opportunity to access their own health information. In fact, there is a demand for it! In a recent EHR survey, 57 percent of the respondents said that “they would be much more interested and proactive in their personal healthcare if they had online access to their medical records.” Patient portals are a big part of providing this accessibility to your patients and it is also a requirement in Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use Program.
Find out more about engaging your patients through a patient portal with these articles:
This one is more so a technical term than buzzword, but it’s one that you’ll be hearing a lot of! Whether you are the doctor or biller of the practice, you should be very familiar with what ICD codes are. But for those who don’t, it’s an abbreviation for "International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems, 10th revision". These codes are used to classify diseases and bill medical payers for services.
So what’s the buzz in 2015 all about? We’re currently using ICD-9 codes across the country, but come October 1, 2015, all practices have to switch to using the new ICD-10 codes to be compliant with HIPAA. Is your practice ready for the change? Find out why it’s a good thing and how you can prepare for it. Read:
A big word with a complicated meaning. Simply put, it describes the ability of different software systems to communicate efficiently and work seamlessly together to exchange information. As part of the Meaningful Use Program's goal, interoperability between systems coordinates and improves care between providers through an EHR. For example, integrating lab results from one clinic and sending them to another. It’s an easy concept to understand, but it can be hard to execute without the right tools. So if you're shopping for a practice management and EHR software this year, make sure you talk to each vendor about how their system works with others to help you achieve your goals of seamless data sharing to improve your patient care experience.
Learn more about interoperability between doctor to doctor and patient to doctor, and other trends to look out for in 2015 with these two posts:
- Optometry EHR: Secure Communications and Interoperability
- 3 EHR Software Trends You Can Expect to See in 2015
Now that you know your buzzwords, let’s not forget the basics! Download our EHR dictionary to master terms and acronyms commonly used in the eyecare industry, specifically when purchasing a practice management and EHR system.