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February 2009
Volume 19 Issue 2
Practice Management
How to Put Health IT to Work in Your Practice

Are you struggling to figure out how to implement health information technology solutions in your ID practice? Thanks to a special arrangement with the American College of Physicians (ACP), several practical resources are now available to IDSA members and their office staff, even if you’re not an ACP member.

On IDSA’s Health Information Technology web page (you must be logged in to access this link), you’ll find these helpful ACP tools:

Electronic Health Records (EHR)
Information and guides on how to research various EHR products, select the right one for your practice, and integrate it into your practice environment. Also available for purchase:  Electronic Health Records, 2nd Edition is a guide and workbook for evaluating, selecting, implementing, and using an electronic health records system.

Electronic Prescribing (eRx)
A compilation of guides and publications designed to assist physicians and their staff in integrating e-prescribing into their practice environment.

Practice Management Systems
Online guide designed to provide physicians and their staff with a practical list of considerations in planning and evaluating a computerized practice management system.

Communicating with Patients Electronically
Online guide that discusses the issues surrounding the provision of non-face-to-face care to patients and how electronic communication can be used to improve your practice.

In addition to these ACP tools, the IDSA web page also includes a list of EHR products approved by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and health IT-related presentations from IDSA’s 2007 Clinical Practice Meeting.

You can also sign up for IDSA’s Practice Management Listserve, where you can connect with colleagues who may have faced similar IT challenges.
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