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September 12, 2019

EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – September 12, 2019

MEDICAL BILLING NEWS

AAPC discusses the new ICD-10 coding updates for 2020. If you’re dealing with venous tests, this article might be of interest to you. Here at EMSOW, we are following the latest updates to satisfy the needs of your business.

This time we have made a brief presentation about EMSOW billing. Your billers will love it, that’s for sure!

EMSOW BILLING FUNCTIONALITY

We have made a brief presentation about EMSOW billing. Your billers will love it, that’s for sure!
EMSOW automates your revenue management cycle – from generating electronic claims and posting ERAs to tracking your invoices and detailed financial reporting.


September 4, 2019

EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – September 4, 2019

INDUSTRY NEWS

Healthcare Tech Outlook analyzes cloud mobility and its development. Our solution is cloud-based and absolutely mobile, which is ideal for businesses who work with traveling sonographers and mobile x-ray. This time we have added a new option, which can become useful for neurologists, and not only them.

EMSOW RELEASE

[#18999] Upload last saved drafts for certain templates

Now you can retrieve the recent clinical findings within seconds. Our latest update allows you to populate a report with data from the previous visit. This functionality is essential for some types of visits, e.g. neurology consultations. To enable this functionality, go to Setup > Reading > Report templates, select the needed template, click “Edit,” then check the box “Load last saved draft.”
This feature is also available in our mobile app.

Upload last saved drafts


August 28, 2019

EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 28, 2019

INDUSTRY NEWS

Today, one of the hot topics is radiologists’ burnout. Radiology Business discusses the way EHRs contribute to it. Meanwhile, we are trying to decrease the professional burnout of the physicians by adding new automated features to healthcare software.

EMSOW RELEASE

[#18854] Ability to duplicate entity records

We have added functionality to duplicate entity records in setup modules. Select the needed entity (e.g., insurance), then click “Duplicate selected”. Make the required changes in the entity record, then click “Save”. Populating settings in EMSOW is much easier now!

Duplicate entity


August 28, 2019

EMSOW Weekly Newsletter – August 21, 2019

EMSOW is one of the few platforms for automating imaging businesses, which takes pride in both its desktop and mobile versions. One of our latest upgrades is created to streamline the work of referring physicians.

With EmsowMobile Pro, you can access your patients’ diagnostic images and reports anytime and anywhere.


August 22, 2019

Modality Performed Procedure Step: reliable feedback from your diagnostic equipment


MPPS Image

Along with Modality Worklist, which enables your information system to send study inquiries to diagnostic equipment, you can use one more DICOM tool, Modality Performed Procedure Step (also known as MPPS). Conversely to Modality Worklist, it enables your machines to send feedback to your RIS, HIS, PACS or another system (for example, you may use an integrated IT solution which combines all these tools). Like many other DICOM tools, it is an optional feature, so you might need to pay extra for it. Today, we will talk about the features of Modality Performed Procedure Step, the basic principles of its function and the benefits it offers.

What is it for? When you order imaging studies, you might be concerned about the timeliness and quality of the scheduled examinations. Everything must go smoothly, without equipment failures or technologist mistakes.

If something has gone wrong, you will be probably notified that the study hasn’t been performed instead of receiving the images. Moreover, you will discover that at the last moment, when you expect the study to be completed. As a result, you become unable to make any adjustments to the schedule and lose revenues.

MPPS eliminates these issues; so, if you haven’t implemented it yet, your business may run into a bottleneck even at the initial workflow stages.

How it works. Having received an order from Modality Worklist, the diagnostic unit starts sending messages to the DICOM server connected to your information system. The system generates messages automatically (except for patient demographics, which is in most cases copied from the worklist). Particularly, these messages can tell you about:

  • The incoming order. Besides data retrieved from Modality Worklist, you will know the study accession number.
  • The actual performed study, which sometimes differs from what was scheduled initially. For instance, the technologist may have chosen a different protocol for the examination or decided to take an additional set of images.
  • Procedure status information. The diagnostic machine sends a status message to the server when the study is started, completed, paused or canceled (along with the cancellation reason). As for the cancellation reasons, DICOM has standardized many of them, so the fault management becomes much more efficient.
  • The technologist’s name, radiation dose, modality hardware condition, and even billing and insurance information.

Performance of this intelligent feature is based on the connection between your equipment and DICOM server; therefore, it requires proper configuration.

What benefits does it offer? You get several considerable advantages at the study performance stage. Among them are:

  • Minimized turnaround time. Reporting starts as soon as the machine acquires the order information. The system creates all messages automatically and therefore saves your technologists’ time and increases their productivity.

It helps you to track the exact time needed for the studies and thus to schedule more efficiently. The diagnostic unit immediately informs you about any issues with the studies, which allows you to troubleshoot as quickly as possible.

  • Information accuracy. MPPS eliminates human error. A technologist doesn’t need to report on the examination status since it is done by the equipment. Besides, the machine tells you about the studies which have been actually performed (as we have already mentioned, they may differ from the scheduled examinations).

Together with Modality Worklist, Modality Performed Procedure Step ensures a reliable intercommunication between your information system and diagnostic equipment.