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ABT  NEWS    -    4th QUARTER NEWSLETTER December 2016

Angela Ford December 2016

Disability Forms have been a hard nut to crack; time-consuming and difficult to monitor, they take valuable time from providers and their staff. The recent release of ABT's new D-Trak system provides a way for practices to give their patients the service they need, with reduced time for all involved.


Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic

This is the story behind the development of the D-Trak system and how AOC implemented it to the benefit of its patients and providers.

The Case for an Improved Release of Information Process


Recent articles published in Modern Healthcare and other publications have pointed out several failures relating to the process of efficient movement and sharing of medical records related to continuity of care and protected health information (PHI) for other purposes.


The release of information (ROI) business is not new and stems from the old “copy service” days where hospitals and physicians practices outsourced the copying of patient’s medical records and then would mail or fax them to the requestor. The process for many today remains almost unchanged, however with the relatively recent advent of electronic medical and health records (EMR/EHRs) the movement toward a completely electronic process has begun to take shape.


A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap


Letter from the National Coordinator In June 2014, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) laid out a vision for a future health IT ecosystem where electronic health information is appropriately and readily available to empower consumers, support clinical decision-making, inform population and public health and value based payment, and advance science. In Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure (ONC’s 10-Year Interoperability Concept Paper)1, ONC committed to leading and collaborating with the health IT and health sector to define a shared Roadmap for achieving interoperable health IT that supports a broad scale learning health system by 2024. This Roadmap reflects the result of that collaborative work with federal, state and private partners. It lays out a plan for what needs to happen, by when, and by whom, to see that electronic health information is available when and where it matters most for those we are here to serve: the American people...

A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure




The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a critical responsibility to advance the

connectivity of electronic health information and interoperability of health information technology (health

IT). This is consistent with its mission to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human

services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. This work has become particularly

urgent with the need to address the national priority of better and more affordable health care, leading

to better population health. Achieving this goal will only be possible with a strong, flexible health IT

ecosystem that can appropriately support transparency and decision-making, reduce redundancy, inform

payment reform, and help to transform care into a model that enhances access and truly addresses

health beyond the confines of the health care system. Such an infrastructure will support more efficient

and effective systems, scientific advancement, and lead to a continuously improving health system that

empowers individuals, customizes treatment, and accelerates cure of disease...

ABT Medical - Q2 Newsletter

Angela Ford - April 2015


ABT Medical affiliates continue to grow with the best options for release of informatin (ROI). Nine new clients were added to date with three different affilate organizations.


The subject of "ancillary revenue" is also addressed as more practices are realizing that the combination of a fully electronic platform and their own medical records staff with the support of their platform provider can capture revenues that previously went to a service bureau. This not only helps the provider capture this revenue, but provides piece of mind knowing that they are receiving all the compensation to which they are entitled and have an audit-ready record of all requests fulfilled.


Prepared by:

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services



Over the past five years, our nation has experienced a remarkable transformation in the collection,

sharing, and use of electronic health information. Updating the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-

2020 (Plan) has given us a chance to reflect on our health IT journey. When we released the prior Plan in

2011, adoption of health IT among hospitals and health care providers was in its nascent stages,

Affordable Care Act implementation was commencing, and the use of mobile health applications,

especially by consumers, were far from ubiquitous.

NBW Healthcare Resources - Future of EHR's

June 3, 2015



What is the future of EHRs?

In an article posted to HITECH Answers in January of 2014, Dr. Robert Rowley asks whether the

EHR/EMR industry can achieve the connectedness mandated by Meaningful Use. He states that to date

“EHRs have maintained the siloed nature of health care data, keeping records within the institutions

(hospitals, medical practices) that created them.”...

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