DR Systems announced that e|HR Meaningful Use for Medical Imaging, a cloud-based ambulatory EHR for radiologists, is now commercially available after successful beta testing.
An estimated 90% of radiologists are eligible for radiology incentive payments from the CMS, according to the American College of Radiology. Radiologists will have to qualify before this October to earn the full $44,000, as the total incentive payment goes down each year. Failure to comply with meaningful use requirements will eventually subject radiologists and others to financial penalties.
DR Systems' e|HR includes an unusual feature that enables highly efficient collection of patient information. Patients can pre-register via the Internet or in the radiology practice's waiting room. Their information is then automatically fed into DR Systems' e|HR. Other aspects of e|HR Meaningful Use for Medical Imaging include:
- No hardware purchase or resident software. As a cloud-based system, e|HR works entirely with browser technology.
- Vendor neutrality, offering plug-in and standalone options. This cloud-based technology can be "plug-and-play" with any RIS, PACS, HIS, EMR, or PHR through an interface for seamless operation. It can also be used as a standalone system.
- Interoperability for efficient data aggregation. The cloud-based design enables radiologists who work at multiple locations to easily aggregate their data, which is a requirement for reporting to CMS.
- Single, radiology-centric solution. e|HR is customized for a medical imaging professional's workflow, including decision support tailored to a radiologist's needs. Because it is a complete system, it does not require aggregating data from other certified modules.
The EHR from DR Systems is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification is the official designation necessary for the EHR to enable providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.