What Documentation Obstacles Do Ophthalmologists Face?
In the field of ophthalmology — just like in the rest of the medical sector — there have been significant advancements in how patients’ medical records are updated, stored and shared. Hard copy records are no longer sufficient, as electronic health records — or EHRs — are now being used by the majority of healthcare professionals. As an unintended result, ophthalmologists are now required to keep up with an ongoing stream of data entry — or risk being targeted by malpractice lawsuits, audits and reimbursement challenges.
Yet with the advent of EHRs, there are also many privacy and regulatory issues. Ophthalmology practices of all sizes must comply with HIPAA or run the risk of incurring steep fines.
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