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Features added to Modernizing Medicine telemedicine dermatology device

Steve Rogerson
August 25, 2015
Florida-based Modernizing Medicine, the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA), a cloud-based, electronic medical record (EMR) system, revealed an updated EMA Dermatology product at last week’s American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting in New York.
This native iPad and desktop application will now also include timesaving protocols, multispecialty functionality and outbound faxing capabilities.It aims to help maintain the relationship and continuity of care between a patient and regular physician by allowing physicians to provide treatment, diagnosis and advice for their patients when a virtual visit is appropriate.
Physicians can save time and add a source of revenue by reviewing and responding quickly to various cases such as rashes, minor burns and bites, while freeing office time for more complex patient cases.
“Because our telemedicine solution is integrated within EMA Dermatology, a patient’s data – including photos patients send for examination – are captured and stored in one place,” said Michael Sherling, co-founder and chief medical officer at Modernizing Medicine. “Telemedicine helps provide flexible healthcare services to housebound patients or those that don’t have time for an office visit or live in a remote location, while enabling physicians to maintain their patient base and bill appropriately.”
With the added protocols, physicians can create their own master visits and customise their workflow to enhance the intuitive adaptive learning that has helped EMA Dermatology capture approximately 30 per cent of the dermatology market. With two clicks, a physician can pull the master visit into the current visit to save time documenting while with a patient.
Multi-specialty functionality gives providers and their staff the ability to document multiple specialties all within one EMA using one URL. Physicians in any of the eight disciplines that it serves can set their preferred medical domains in the system yet specify the type of current visit from patient to patient. This should help maintain the specialty-specific nature of EMA while increasing flexibility for the rising number of practices that encompass multiple specialists, including accountable care organisations. Customised outbound faxing features requested by users are also now available on iPad and desktop.
“At Modernizing Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing the most sophisticated yet intuitive and user friendly system for physicians, and I could not be more excited about the work our team has done to bring our new features to fruition,” said Daniel Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “Our team has done a tremendous job on combining so many different levels of reporting and diagnosing, and I am confident these additions to EMA will give back more time to physicians so they can focus on patient care.”
Practicing dermatologists code the software, so EMA Dermatology contains built-in specialty-specific medical knowledge as a way to provide physicians with an intuitive and intelligent system. It is ready for ICD-10, with codes pre-integrated into the software to support automated coding. In addition, EMA is certified for meaningful use and includes PQRS reporting capabilities. The structured data make it simpler for physicians to document and track patient progress, creating a smoother transition to quality-of-care reporting and outcome-based reimbursements.
EMA version 4.0 has achieved ONC HIT 2014 Edition Complete EHR certification and EMA Mobile version 4.0 has achieved ONC HIT 2014 Edition Modular EHR certification. These certifications designate that the EHR software can support eligible providers and hospitals with meeting the stages one and two meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).