Problem-faxes can be sent to an EMR system but, they cannot be placed in a particular physicians inbox(unless each physician has their own fax number). This would mean that the phone company would make more money or certainly find a way to do so by issuing each and every physician in the country with their own dedicated fax number so that faxing to a physicians office does not become an EMR floodgate because then each fax must be appropriated to the doctor it belongs to for review and e-sign off. You can certainly also do this by email eg. Drjerkymy_staff@EMR.com. This would of course ensure prompt delivery to each physician. In doing this, such tasks regarding medical information distribution would become part of the physicians responsibility and not that of the medical staff. Physician's have enough to deal with and not enough time for office stuff. So this may become a problem. There needs to be a way to distribute "electronic" faxes within an EMR system for medical information that is less tedious for physicians and staff.
The EMR mail system is designed to be the established mail method for EMR software. The EMR mail system would work like this: each medical office or physician would have an e-mail or fax number(or both) that sends medical information to and from the EMR through the EMR mail box, eg. Dr. Jerkymystaff Mail Box. Mail can be sent from one EMR to another regardless of compatibility issues by using this method. One can send or fax the regular way (as one would when faxing through an EMR). However, junk or spam mail can possibly be sent, which of course contributes to the amount of mail. When a office staff person is sending extremly important information, urgent is selected so that the fax or e-mail is noted as being urgent or important. The medical staff will look at the mail box throughout the day regarding "electronic" faxes. The staff member will review the information and through the EMR mail system, the medical staff will select the corresponding physician in the practice to send the fax to; Eg. Dr. A or Dr. B (or both) can be selected. The medical staff person will then select the appropriate physician and select "send". The "electronic" fax will then be sent to a doctor in the practice. If "electronic" information is sent to a medical office regarding a person who is not a patient, that information can be returned to the medical office or sender by pressing return to sender(you can also unreturn it). E-mail addresses and fax numbers must be unblocked in order to send information through the EMR. Information is sometimes sent through the EMR and you don't yet have an "electronic" chart for the patient eg. physicians often work in other hospitals, offices ect. and they may receive information regarding someone who is not a patient in the medical office. A medical office worker can then send the information to the appropriate doctor and within the EMR mail box system subsequent folders can be created so that the information can be stored and the EMR mail box (e-mail or fax) can be completely reviewed. Once this is done Dr. A and Dr. B can review each of their "electronic" faxes and either file it into the apporpriate patients EMR medical record(medical office worker stuff) or task it to the medical office workers mail box along with instructions for more tests or to send it to another physician; Eg. Dr. A has reviewed and e-signed all the faxes sent. Dr. A has also made a note to the medical staff worker for each fax that was e-signed off on and tasked -(the mail box allows physicians to send messages along with the electronic faxed information) to 1-send patient rx for ultrasound,
2-send rx to patient for specialist 3-send note, results, labs to primary doctor ect. Dr. A then tasks the fax which includes the information to the medical office worker and then the medical office worker then makes the fax part of the patients electronic medical record and then complets what Dr. A has requested for each patient.
Mail by EMR can be integrated easily. Most of all communication with any EMR even that of hospitals can be done. Now, EMR can be truly EMR with the mail box EMR! Only if retirement had the same returns.