Students in allied health programs get specialized training
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, getting up to speed on Electronic Health Records (EHR) has become an important process for many healthcare providers throughout the country.
What is an Electronic Health Record? It is an electronic version of a patient’s medical history. It includes everything that might normally be included in a patient’s paper chart, such as medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunization records, past treatments, and radiology and lab reports. Once it is stored in an electronic format, it is easy to share the records among all of your healthcare providers, no matter where they are located.
In response to the EHR requirements in the Affordable Care Act, healthcare providers have implemented new software programs, and employees are learning new ways of recording information electronically. Staff members may have to undergo training so that they are comfortable with the EHR software. In short, it is a big transition for many healthcare organizations.
The Harris School of Business wants it graduates to be prepared for working with Electronic Health Records as they enter the workforce. In response to the demand for this skill, the Harris School provides Electronic Health Records training in two of its programs: Professional Medical Assistant Plus and Health Claims Specialist Plus. With this training, the Harris School’s graduates are better prepared for the demands of today’s healthcare industry.
The training at Harris includes the usage and management of health information, so that students are prepared to use EHR in any healthcare setting in order to maintain patient health records accurately. Some of the tasks that students explore in the courses at Harris include:
- Setting up accounts for new patients
- Editing patient information
- Entering and editing insurance company information
- Documenting information on patient’s electronic charts
- Understanding databases
- Understanding privacy issues
Why are Electronic Health Records so important? Some of the key reasons for the conversion to electronic records are to improve coordinated care, reduce healthcare costs, and ultimately, to improve patient health. With electronic records that can be shared with all of your healthcare providers, your doctors will have access to your most up-to-date medical information at all times. This can help to coordinate your care. Having a shared flow of information can help providers:
- know what tests and procedures you have had, so as not to duplicate them, which can save costs
- know what medications you are taking, so that they can avoid prescribing anything that may have an adverse interaction
- know when you have had a test or lab work so they can speed up the delivery of your treatment
- see the results of other doctors’ findings to help in the diagnosis or care of a condition
- remind you when you need preventive care and checkups, which can help contribute to your overall health
If you would like to learn more about Electronic Health Records and the federal legislation, visit the Federal Health IT site. This site contains information about the basics of EHR, the benefits of EHR, and explains the notion of “meaningful use.”
For more information about getting EHR training at the Harris School of Business, fill out our simple form, and a representative will contact you to answer your questions. Your new career field could be waiting for you at the Harris School!