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EHR what happens after ending a practice or making changes

  • 1.  EHR what happens after ending a practice or making changes

    Posted 24 days ago
    Hi All,

    I posted couple of days ago but didnot get any hits on this. I am asking the question because I am still trying to evaluate the value of having a formal EHR, vs keeping records in google drive or my own Ward documents saved on my disk (NAS or server).
    I wonder if you decide to end a practice or sell it, does anyone know if you can save records and keep them in some form of electronic format? I hope you do not need to pay EHR company for 7 years after you stop, just for record access and keeping? or do you?


    thank you for any and all ideas

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    Oleg Reznik
    BAR HARBOR ME
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  • 2.  RE: EHR what happens after ending a practice or making changes

    Posted 23 days ago

    HI Oleg,

     

    Happy to try and help – full disclosure: I have an emr company, www.atlas.md

     

    Ultimately an emr is a tool and you should find the tool that fits your needs/budget best.

     

    Yes you could have charts in google (preferably the google business suite for security): google docs which are like word files, google spreadsheets = excel.  And have a file for each patient etc.

     

    If you sell a practice, they may or may not want your charts so its usually something that is negotiated on a per clinic purchase basis.  If they buy the charts, then they'll be the custodian of records – so you'd be incentivized to make a purchase of your practice dependent on them taking the records. 

     

    Or if you like to keep your records, your state board of medicine can tell you how long you're legally required to hold on to those records.  Yes, you can keep them digitally but I'd recommend several back ups: google drive, dropbox, and a few thumbdrives, maybe 1 at home and 1 in a safety deposit box at the bank...seems unnecessary, but so much easier than a patient that wants to make a fuss b/c they can.

     

    Thoughts?

     

    Feel free to call/email if youd like to chat further.

     

    Josh

    C 316.734.8096

     






  • 3.  RE: EHR what happens after ending a practice or making changes

    Posted 22 days ago
    Thanks Josh, so my question is, if I have EHR, like Practice fusion or atlas.md, and the practice ended, does the EHR provide an option of downloading all records in a digital file? even though EHR is in the cloud? do you need to download them one at a time, 3000 individual downloads, or is there a feature to download all at once?

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    Oleg Reznik
    BAR HARBOR ME
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  • 4.  RE: EHR what happens after ending a practice or making changes

    Posted 22 days ago
    Yes atlas will give you all of your records in one Easy download.

    Practice fusion will give you a download of our demographics but downloading the charts is manual.

    Other emrs often charge a large fee to get your records.






  • 5.  RE: EHR what happens after ending a practice or making changes

    Posted 21 days ago
    Oleg,

    Alternatively, you can get a full data export from Practice Fusion.  See this link below.  I switched EMRs about 1 1/2 years ago and the Practice Fusion tech rep worked with me to get the full data export (i.e. - demographics, clinic notes, all documents that were uploaded, everything) and I was able to import it into my new EMR.  It takes about 6 weeks.  In addition, you can still have access to your data indefinitely (read and download only) through your free account even though you don't have a paid account.

    https://knowledgebase.practicefusion.com/knowledgebase/articles/482840-can-practice-fusion-export-all-of-my-patient-data

    Cindy


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