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EMR Implementation Guide: The Link to a Better Future

2nd Edition
Credit(s): 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring)
Course Number: PME-EMR2ND/GEN
Access: Available until September 01, 2015
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    Successfully implementing HIT into a medical practice can bring improvements in the quality of patient care and profitability. This implementation guide offers a nontechnical view of the steps necessary for the successful introduction of HIT with an emphasis on the needs of smaller practices. 

    Click on the "Materials" tab to view content for free. Register for the course to earn CME credits.


    Released:       Sept. 1, 2012
    Expires:         Sept. 1, 2015

    Target Audience
    This publication is developed for physicians, practice managers, and administrators considering adoption of an electronic medical record system.

    Course Objectives
    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    1. Discuss the efficiency and quality benefits of an electronic medical record (EMR) system;

    2. Evaluate the practice with a needs assessment to determine EMR readiness in terms of financial and

        operational variables;

    3. Discuss common EMR vendor contract issues and legal considerations for utilizing technology; and

    4. Summarize necessary steps for selecting, implementing, and maintaining an EMR system.


    Teaching Methods
    The participant is required to read the course in its entirety and complete an online post-test and course evaluation.


    Sponsored By:

    The Physicians Foundation

    3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring)   The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Texas Medical Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    The Texas Medical Association requires physician to complete 70-percent of the test questions correctly to receive credit for this course.

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    3 ETHICS   This course has been designated for 3 credit(s) of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

    3 TMLT   Physicians who are insured with Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) may earn professional liability insurance discounts by participating in approved continuing education activities. TMLT policyholders who earn 3 TMLT credits within 12 consecutive months will earn a 3-percent discount (not to exceed $1,000), which will be applied to their next eligible policy period.

    John Lubrano, PhD

    Dr. Lubrano is the founder and owner of Protis I.T. Solutions. For nine years, Protis has provided information technology consulting and support for professional service firms in Texas. He specializes in office automation and electronic health record selection and deployment for medical practices and works exclusively with TMA Consulting Services as its technology expert. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and earned his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin.

    David D. Marcus, MBA, PhD

    Dr. Marcus is a Nashville-based writer, seminar presenter, and consultant on physician payment and health  policy issues. Before founding Physician Payment Resources in 1998, Dr. Marcus  headed TMA’s Department of Health Care Financing, where he developed nationally recognized physician advocacy and education activities to guide TMA’s membership in adapting to the growth  of health care payment plans  and the evolution of Medicare reimbursement. His writings have  appeared in AMNews, Texas  Medicine, The Journal of Practice  Management, and in numerous TMA publications on physician payment and health  policy.

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    Good materials. Easy to access. Thanks! - Angela (Orlando, FL)
    Very comprehensive review - Janet (Miami, FL)
    Very well presented information, very helpful - Charles (San Antonio, TX)
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    Good course.....very practicle. - Bonnie (Dallas, TX)
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    Good content I will refer to it - Timothy (Sherman, TX)
    - Adrian (San Antonio, TX)
    I think this is extremely helpful for those physicians that are apprehensive about making the switch to EMR as it provides one with so many foreseeable benefits. - Dennis (Eatonton, GA)
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    - Michael (Pasadena, TX)
    It made EMR out to mostly be a positive on recording exam information. But there are many who complain that EMR captures less useful patient information because it is sometimes too laborious for the doctor to record very much data. Also, the example of only being able to find two blood pressures when you look through a paper chart is ridiculous. Another common complaint about EMR is that it is easier to go back through a thick paper chart and find things than it is to try to navigate through a ton of screens to gleen some information you are after. Of course this varies with the EMR but it is not a rare complaint in my experience. - Charles (Cleveland, TN)
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    the program was well written and informative. - Doug (Abilene, TX)
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    Thorough and helpful - James (Beaumont, TX)
    - Michael (Dallas, TX)
    Make it shorter and in parts. - Gerard (Houston, TX)
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    links to websites within course - Warren (Bryan, TX)
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    I feel the course is complete as is. - Robert (Tyler, TX)
    - Jeffrey (Weatherford, TX)
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    - Oscar (Odessa, TX)
    - Thurman (Austin, TX)
    Good course, complicated from a standpoint of so many acronyms used. No substantive data presented that documented improved outcomes or medical care actually occurs with EMR though. Lots of theory of why things should do better, no proof presented though. - Michael (Lake Jackson, TX)
    - Julian (Forney, TX)
    Actually enjoyable CME - Lee (Syracuse, NY)
    - Gilbert (Henderson, NV)
    Good review but the info is a little dated. Rec updated course content! - Brandon (, )
    - Juan (Lubbock, TX)
    Concise and well written. Covers essential information without excessive details. - Louis (Pasadena, TX)
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    Some of the material is dated - Mary (Plano, TX)
    overall a good general introduction to the EMR and how to go about acquiring an EMR system for the practice. - Huan (Cape Girardeau, MO)
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