Electronic health records assistance
In 2009 the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act was passed. This bill is massive and too complicated to explain in detail. It contains numerous provisions but one in particular really sparked my interest. The section I found interesting concerns the government mandate for electronic health records (EHR’s). The bill provides financial incentives for hospitals and physician’s offices to implement electronic medical records by 2014 and imposes fines to those who have not adapted by 2015.
This conversion of traditional paper charts and medical records to EHR’s will no doubt be a time consuming task that will require hiring and training additional staff. I figure a lot of facilities will likely outsource these duties. This got me thinking how I and other medical transcriptionists could be instrumental in the electronic health record transition.
As a self-employed MT I can offer medical facility the following expertise and assistance in implementing electronic medical records: I am comfortable working autonomously from a home office. I have a flexible schedule so I have no problem fitting in extra projects. I am knowledgeable about HIPPA rules regarding medical information and always maintain strict confidentiality. I am very computer literate and already have the equipment necessary to scan medical charts. Perhaps most importance is that fact that I already have a job that I love so once the conversion to electronic health records is complete I won’t be expecting continued employment.
This might be a good source of income for MT’s looking to expand the services they provide, particulalry those employed directly by physicians.
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