A: Before working with eHealthDC, my server was beginning to fail, and it did not have MU module capabilities. My current systems required me to document imagery and dental documentation separately, then transfer notes from one system to another. The eHealthDC team encouraged me to migrate our EHR system to the cloud. Now, whether I am at home or on the road, this enables me to access a patient’s clinical history to provide care anywhere.
In addition to health IT providing a platform that allows me to connect with my patients online, I am also able to answer their health questions, and deliver key updates about their care. Each patient who enters my office is informed about the patient portal, invited to the patient portal via email, and educated on how to access it.
“Most of my patients are enthusiastic about using the patient portal. They think it’s a helpful tool for interacting online and find it highly convenient.”
A: Not all quality measures associated with the PI/MEIP Program apply to dental practices. However, patient portal utilization is a key component to successfully meeting one of the requirements. Although most of my patients are willing and enthusiastic to utilize the patient portal, one challenge has been getting all of them to engage with their portal after leaving my office. There is great opportunity for the District to evaluate and consider including new measures.
Additionally, ePrescribing has been challenging since many of my patients’ pharmacies are outside the District and may not always be easily identifiable in the online directory. If we are unable to locate the pharmacy, we must manually search for their information and contact them directly. This can be time-consuming for our patients, and it creates a barrier to meeting PI Program requirements.
I believe a more interconnected community between dental providers and physicians would be helpful to understanding the patient’s history and medications. When we are unable to communicate with other providers and request information, our patients have to remember to write their prescriptions down.
A: eHealthDC provided resources that helped The GW Medical Faculty Associates access the SLR and understand the attestation process. The SLR improved significantly this year compared to prior years, especially in increased user-friendliness.
Last year, after uploading information to the SLR, I did not receive timely feedback if additional information was needed. If I needed to re-upload documentation, it was a time-consuming process. This year, I only needed to change one thing and eHealth DC proactively noticed what needed to be corrected and reached out immediately. The issue was resolved within a matter of minutes.
A: Documentation consistency and preparedness has been instrumental. They are powerful habits to adopt and save time in the long run.
A: eHealthDC offers valuable programs and encourages other providers to get on board. At some point, health IT will be valuable to everyone because all providers will be able to coordinate information, benefiting patients in the long run.
eHealthDC has played a significant role in educating our team on effectively utilizing the patient portal. In turn, we feel more prepared to instruct our patients on using HIE tools, which increases communication, patient satisfaction, and enhances patient care.