The Eye Care Institute received reimbursement under the meaningful use guidelines that demonstrate proper usage of electronic medical records.
We believe we are the first private medical practice in the region and the second ophthalmology practice in the nation to achieve this milestone said Brennan P. Greene, MD a cataract and glaucoma specialist with The Eye Care Institute. Our medical practice converted from paper charts to certified electronic medical records technology last October. The effort in making this change to comply with federal guidelines has created a seismic shift in the manner in which we document the care we provide care for our patients. We wish to thank our staff, our doctors and especially our patients as we have computerized our patient records, Greene continued.
Mark Prussian, CEO of The Eye Care Institute stated we are pleased with our computer partners which include Charlotte, NC based Medflow, a software design firm specializing in electronic medical records for eye care practices, Chicago, IL based Allscripts, who provides software for appointment scheduling, billing and patient demographic information, Louisville based Advanced Business Solutions who provided our network infrastructure and computer hardware and Sophrona of North Lakes, MN who is providing our electronic gateway to send our patients electronic health information including education and appointment reminders.
Under a federal program, medical practices can receive up federal reimbursement to help offset some of the cost of switching to electronic records. Federal guidelines proposed by President Bush and endorsed by President Obama established the guidelines and set goals requiring medical practices to use electronic medical records by 2014. Along with the incentives, the federal government will penalize practices who fail to use this technology by reducing Medicare reimbursements beginning in 2015.
Sean F. Murphy, MD, a vitreo-retinal and diabetic eye disease specialist with The Eye Care Institute stated we have configured virtually all of our diagnostic instruments so the results flow into our charts. We are also using the software to electronically send prescriptions, appointment reminders and patient education.
The Eye Care Institute has 4 ophthalmologists, 3 optometrists and a staff of over 40 persons. The practice anticipates providing eye care for over 39,000 persons this year at 3 Louisville area locations.