There should be more than one way of communicating with an electronic medical record system, without the use of a computer. This would make things easier or perhaps cost effective for those on a budget. Did anyone see those new rates from the healthcare exchanges? There were once choices, at least for a little while. My question is how can one eat and pay for health insurance at the same time? Grow a garden, next to where you you used to put away food when you were able to afford it.
This way you stay healthy and will not need to see the doctor as much, besides to do so is costly.
Aside from the email contacts that will be used to communicate to and from within the EMR software, there should also be a phone access patient identification number that a patient is assigned. In the event that an emergency arises and they need to contact the physicians office, and are not able to get to a computer and the answering service will only take emergent calls(this is how technology makes every one use it), the patient will only get his or her message through sooner if they use the EMR. With the use of the phone access patient identification number, a patient can use the toll free number for patients, for whatever EMR their doctors office has(that may be a few numbers for each patient especially if they see a lot of physicians, but it can alleviate the confusion of having just as many things to remember on a computer. The patient simply dials the 800 number to access their EMR, for whatever physician they are trying to contact, the patient enters their access number which is a number that can be used instead of an email address. Once this is done then can then talk over the phone and provide whatever information they want to, to the physician or office staff. By doing this the EMR is using a phone dictation software, though the phone; that not only translates the audio message that that be heard through the EMR, it also dictates the phone message into a worded message. Once the patient is finished talking, they can enter the prompts for urgent reply or they can redo the message ect. and then they can send their message. By using the Dictation Plus with EMR, a patients calls are integrated within the EMR, and will be filed accordingly afterwards of the staff noting the message. Once a call or message is marked as urgent physicians who use smartphones or tablets will recieve a flagged message that will be emailed to them stating that they need to check their EMR messages. By doing this, if the physician needs to access the patents chart for a medication refill they can do so because they are within the EMR as they check their messages. Dictation Plus ia an alternative to using a computer or tablet for a patient and most of all it's confidential. When you're fed(but with the cost of health insurance-this is as tough as meat.) up with HIPAA and the federal government; give them a taste of their own dictatorship- with Dictation Plus!