Nov. 20, 2006 – Tarrytown (NY) – Nov 20, 2006 – OmniMD, a New York based provider of HIPAA compliant healthcare practice solutions, has launched Practice Portal services for providers. The service will benefit physicians and patients alike, by offering two-way secure, communications to enhance the delivery of patient care.
Divan Da’ve, CEO of OmniMD says, “The aim of launching the Patient Portal is to bridge the gap between healthcare service providers and patients- by allowing physicians to offer high-level service and convenience to patients any time, anywhere through a secure medium. More than 60% of Americans use the Internet as of source of health information – patient portals will prove to be a great tool for preventive healthcare.”
According to a recent Harris Interactive/Wall Street Journal survey, 74% percent of respondents said they would like the ability to communicate with their physician via e-mail, but only 4% of respondents currently use the technology. 62% of respondents stated that the ability to communicate via e-mail with their physician would impact their physician choice “to some extent” or “a great deal.”
The portal allows patients to login securely and then request appointments, update or modify their records, obtain personalized medical information and view prescriptions. Portals are also being used refill prescriptions and lab-tests requests. Another feature is the use of e-mail for automated health alerts and patient-education.
By delivering information and services to patients in a variety of ways, a fully functional Patient Portal helps maintain a seamless communication between the patient and doctor while improving overall efficiency of patient care.
The Patient portal can be integrated with the OmniMD Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software to provide a set of pre-defined functions for registered patients. These functions empower the patient with information available any time of the day, while at the same time reducing the workload of the practice or hospital staff. Many experts believe that Patient Portals will soon be an essential communication channel between patient and provider. In addition to enhancing online community presence, many practices with portals have reported substantial savings in staff time and administrative costs.
With the introduction of fully functional Patient Portal services, OmniMD is one of the few EMR vendors offering such a wide range of healthcare IT solutions and services – Integrated EMR and Practice Management Software, Patient Insurance Eligibility Check, Automated Patient Reminder, Medical Transcription services, Medical Billing System and Scanning and Indexing services.
With the increase in EMR adoption, patient portals will be the next step towards, enhanced care, and improvement in the patient-provider relationship and increased revenues.
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