News | March 10, 2010

Orthopedics Gets a Leg Up on Image-Enabled EHR

March 10, 2010 - As orthopedic practices increasingly adopt fully-integrated digital solutions, they are seeking comprehensive suites of tools that provide templating and reporting, a library for implants, auto reporting, and 3D volume rendering. These practices also want to meet "meaningful use" criteria to qualify for the incentive payment under the HITECH Act as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and avoid future penalties.

To meet the growing IT needs for orthopedic practices, Medweb announced at the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) it will provide a free EHR (electronic health record) application with its virtualPACS gateway module.

The software-only virtualPACS includes a fully-hosted backup DICOM archive, Web server and router designed to enable clinicians to securely access patient data from virtually any location – the office, hospital, clinic or emergency room. virtualPACS is downloaded via a Web browser and can be auto configured to a Windows-based PC, so it does not require involvement of an IT specialist. Group practices can add computed radiography (CR) to Medweb’s digital orthopedic solution starting at $500 per month.

Medweb EHR, powered by Practice Fusion, is a full-featured, Web-based solution with charting, scheduling, e-prescribing and medical billing tools. When this EHR is combined with virtualPACS, orthopedic practices will have an image-enabled EHR. This will support a site to meeting “meaningful use” criteria under the HITECH. Starting in 2011, facilities that demonstrate meaningful use of a qualified EHR will be eligible to receive $40,000 to $60,000 in incentive payments in the form of increased Medicare and Medicaid payments.

To provide orthopedic practices with a fully-integrated digital solution, Medweb will also offer a choice of CR systems designed to meet the imaging needs of a physician practice. CR is a lower-cost solution for digital office-based imaging that eliminates the cost of film, chemicals, and storage space.

The virtualPACS gateway serves as a local server for clinicians, who can retrieve copies of their patients’ studies, reports and scanned documents. Medweb’s digital orthopedic solution is also available with orthopedic templating and reporting, a full library of implants, auto reporting of implant specifications and order SKUs, Cobb angles, 3D volume rendering, Hounsfield units and freeform annotation.

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