Technology has become a large part of healthcare over the last few years. Many medical facilities have embraced the power of iPads, tablets and electronic medical records, while others are clinging to paper for as long as possible. Unfortunately, those not letting go of paper easily will be made to in the coming year. With the passing of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), healthcare facilities will need to start using electronic medical records. The mandate will go into effect in 2014.
What About Privacy?
The reason why some medical care centers aren’t quick to switch to an electronic medical records system is that they fear patient privacy will be compromised. Luckily, with the advancement of the PPACA, many companies have created programs to ensure that patient files are hacker proof. They are also offering services to monitor the systems to ensure they are protected from threats to security.
The other concern about electronic medical records is the cost. It’s not cheap to convert paper charts to electronic ones. It can also be a budget buster to keep up software, so it’s stable and secure.
The government understands the demands the new PPACA puts on the healthcare system, so they are offering an incentive. Medical care centers that implement EMR technology may be eligible to receive $44,000. In addition to the incentive program, Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) medical care centers may be able to receive additional compensation.
Dealing with Ongoing Costs
Once hospitals and doctor’s office implement new electronic records, they will likely use iPads and tablets. This can come along with additional costs over the years. Helping patients and carrying a device can lead to accidental dropping. Dropping a device can lead to cracked screens, damaged internal parts, and more. The cost to have it repaired can be cumbersome to a medical care center’s budget. That is unless they turn to an affordable iPad repair facility like iResQ.
At iResQ, we provide exceptional iPad repair services to hospitals across the country. Hospitals can send their devices in to us for a quick, low cost repair. We provide free diagnostics in case of unknown iPad problems.
To learn about how we can help you with the iPads at your medical care center, contact us today at 1-888-447-3728.