OphthalmicASC Aug

AUG 2017

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T H E O P H T H A L M I C A S C | A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 10 I n today's healthcare world of ICD-10 and other paper-intensive regulations, there's no need to look hard or far for good reasons to implement an electronic medical record (EMR) sys- tem in your ophthalmic ambulatory surgical center (OASC). Just ask Gina Biagi. "With today's present and future [data] requirements, all OASCs should be using an EMR," says Biagi, administrator of Eye Associates and SurgiCenter of Vineland, an OASC in Vineland, NJ. "The amount of paper- work and time required to keep up-to-date data, let alone drawing statistics from that informa- tion, is cumbersome compared with just run- ning a report and immediately analyzing the data you need. It is time-consuming and costly to use paper charts." Plus, especially with respect to OASCs attached to a clinical practice, there's the need to log information twice for patients who require cataract and other types of surgery. "Is that worth the time, money, and effort of making up the charts, handling, and storing them, not to mention, without an EMR, you're writing in all the information by hand on mul- tiple pages?" Biagi asks rhetorically. Biagi isn't the only OASC administrator who's singing the praises of EMRs. Profitability O A S C | E F F I C I E N C Y By Joseph F. Jalkiewicz, Contributing Editor Record Time Transforming your OASC with an EMR system

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