As directed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) President Obama signed in 2009, our office complies with federal mandates regarding the conversion to electronic medical record systems, electronic medical records and electronic health records integration.
What is an Electronic Medical Record?
An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a computer version of patient chart which allows doctors to document and retrieve patient information electronically.
Should I expect any changes when I visit my doctor’s office?
Transition to EHR requires an initial input of patient data that is detailed and specific so you may be asked to provide more information on your health history, medications (including dosage), allergies and pharmacy. In the beginning your office visit may take longer as our staff and physician input and coordinate the additional amount of information for your EHR.
Staff and physician will enter information into the computer during your office visit. It will be important for you to bring all your prescriptions into the office to help us accurately enter all of this information.
You may find that the Doctor will now complete your prescription electronically. Electronic prescribing replaces handwritten prescriptions and gives physicians access to up-to-date information on medications you are currently taking. Not all prescriptions can be ordered electronically. You will need to check with your pharmacy regarding anticipated pick up times for prescriptions written electronically.