Thursday, 11 December 2014

MyHealthAccess patient appointment e-booking has been launched!


Here at CloudPractice Inc, we are proud to announce the launch of our online patient appointment e-booking application, MyHealthAccess.

MyHealthAccess has been designed to integrate seamlessly with the OSCAR EMR, and is currently supported by OscarHost.ca to allow patients with participating clinics to easily and conveniently book appointments with their physician online.

The full press release can be read here

MyHealthAccess now also offers automated appointment reminders!

Friday, 17 October 2014

e-Booking option for Oscar coming soon

**Update: MyHealthAccess has been up and running for some time now, and our clients love it! You can check out our launch announcement here **

Yesterday, Canada Health Infoway opened up the second Wave of its e-Booking Initiative. The program will be accepting applicants for funding until December 15th or until the money runs out. For anyone unfamiliar with the program it gives approved practices who implement e-Booking up to $2000 for the first clinician in an office and up to $750 for each additional clinician in a practice. The program gives practices a full 12-month period to implement the e-Booking solution in their practice once approved.

You can read-up on the e-Booking initiative Here. If you have any questions on the program you can reach the Canada Health Infoway e-Booking office at 1-866-214-4274 ext. 3437 or by email at ebooking@infoway.ca

Cloud Practice Inc (the parent company behind OscarHost.ca) is proud to announce that we are releasing an e-Booking product that is fully integrated with Oscar EMR which will launch in beta in early November. The product is called MyHealthAccess and it is a web-based system that will allow patients to book into the empty slots in your Oscar schedule, receive automated appointment reminders by email and text message, allow you to message patients directly, and notify your office of changes in your patient's contact details. We hope to have a demo available for interested customers within the next week or so. We plan to offer the service free for up to 100 patient connections and there will be paid programs available after that starting at $99/m.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the e-Booking initiative within the next year we would suggest that you apply for the funding Here as soon as possible. Please say on the application that you plan to the use the MyHealthAccess solution by Cloud Practice Inc for your online booking program. If you would like to be considered for the MyHealthAccess beta launch in early November please let us know by emailing support@oscarhost.ca.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Setting Schedules in the Oscar EMR

We will be hosting a free web-based Oscar learning webinar on Wednesday, October 22nd at noon (PDT). Kelly Morris will be covering the schedule setting features in the Oscar EMR.

This Webinar will begin with a 30 minute presentation on the scheduling features within Oscar. Many offices don't take advantage of Oscar's scheduling features which can really help with your practice management. The presentation will cover setting up templates and template codes, setting schedules, appointment status settings, and appointment types.

Following the presentation we will be available for a Scheduling question and answer period of up to 30 minutes. Please come prepared with your scheduling questions. A recording of the presentation will be made available.

You can sign up to attend this OscarHost lunchinar by completing the signup form. It is open to everyone, so please share with your friends and colleagues that might find it useful!

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions and we hope to see you on September 17th!

-the OscarHost team

Friday, 1 August 2014

BC MSP cut-off dates for 2014

BC physicians and medical practitioners are able to electronically submit their Medical Service Plan (MSP) claims through the Teleplan system. Cut-off dates for Teleplan claim submissions in BC occur twice a month. Remittance files are posted about 7-10 days after cut-off, with payment being made shortly after that (generally within a few days). 

Claims should be submitted by 7:00 p.m. on the day of cut-off in order to be assessed for the next remittance date and paid out. Remittance files can be accessed as of 5:00 a.m. on the dates the remittance is posted.

MSP cut-off, remittance, and deposit dates for 2014 are as follows:

Month

MSP Cut-off 7:00 PM

Remittance Posted

Payment

January3rd13th15th
21st29th31st
February3rd12th14th
18th26th28th
March4th12th14th
19th27th31st
April3rd11th15th
16th28th30th
May5th13th15th
20th28th30th
June3rd11th13th
18th26th30th
July3rd11th15th
21st29th31st
August5th13th15th
19th27th29th
September3rd11th15th
18th26th30th
October2nd10th15th
21st29th31st
November3rd12th14th
18th26th28th
December3rd11th15th
16th24th31st
January - 20155th13th15th

Statutory Holidays in BC for 2014 are as follows:
January 1st
February 10th
April 18th
April 21st
May 19th
July 1st
August 4th
September 1st
October 13th
November 11th
December 25th
December 26th
Please note that MSP will be closed on these dates.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Useful resources for Oscar EMR users | The OscarHost blog

Having trouble remembering how to set up a new provider in your Oscar instance? Or maybe you just need a quick refresher on how to create a new schedule for a part-time doctor. Looking for a particular eForm, but not sure where to find it? Here are some incredibly useful Oscar resources that can help you solve these issues and more!

The Oscar Manual


One of the most extensive resources available for Oscar users is the Oscar User's Manual. The Table of Contents provides an overview of what's available in the manual and links to various sections that have information and step-by-step guides (screenshots included!) to Oscar features and options. If you're looking for some help or just some more information about what Oscar can do, this is a great place to start.


OscarHost Video Tutorials


If you're more of a visual learner, make sure to check out the OscarHost YouTube channel. We've uploaded a number of tutorial videos to help our customers with basic Oscar setup and use.

eForms


Another great resource on the Oscar Canada site is the eForms section. This is where you can find lists of eForms that have already been built and are shared with the Oscar community. If you're looking for a particular eForm, especially one that is quite common such as a lab requisition or imaging request, this is a good resource to bookmark. The eForms are sorted into categories, often grouped by province or specialty, and offer variations for different regional health authorities. If you find one that fits your needs, just let us know and we can upload it into your instance right away (or find out how to create your own with help from the manual or our video).

We're also able to build custom eForms for you if you can't find exactly what you're looking for. We will need a PDF of the form in order to create it. Please note that our regular custom work rates will apply.


User Lists


There are also Oscar Discussion Forums available to subscribe to if you'd like to be part of the Oscar conversation. You can sign up for the general discussion list here.


OscarHost Support


As always, you can contact us for information or help with Oscar and we'll be more than happy to help. We're currently working on setting up a new support portal for OscarHost customers that will have access to common issues and their resolutions, as well as other sources to help you get the most out of Oscar.

We hope you'll find these resources useful. If you have any questions or need more help navigating through Oscar, let us know!

Until next time,
the OscarHost team

Friday, 28 February 2014

Why it makes sense to switch to an EMR | The OscarHost blog


Using Electronic Medical Records for Billing Benefits Health Care Professionals, Patients


The health care field is constantly evolving as physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals strive to meet the ever-changing needs of their patients. Effective practice management is essential for superior care, and one vital component that any medical office needs in order to accomplish this level of care is to make the switch from paper records to electronic medical records (EMR). Not only do these integrated patient records allow health care professionals instant access to an individual's complete health care history in seconds, but they also benefit the patient, as a number of physicians who are involved in their care can share information more efficiently and no information is omitted. This cuts down on wait time during medical appointments, medical insurance can be applied and processed more efficiently, and front office claims and billing procedures can be completely integrated and streamlined.

EMRs Increase Efficiency


Medical offices that make the switch from paper records to EMRs will increase their efficiency by combining a patient's personal and medical information with their billing data. Offices that use paper records usually keep this information separate, which results in front office technicians and those who handle billing being required to create two separate records and enter them into different systems. A fully integrated EMR system is an all-encompassing tool that will streamline the billing process by storing this data all in one place. As a result, health care professionals will not only be able to access a patient's medical history but also view the dates of previous services rendered, the amount that was billed, what insurance adjustments were applied, and view real-time current balances to ensure that all services have been paid for.

Bill Pascal, chief technology officer for the Canadian Medical Association, believes that when it comes to Canadian doctors adapting EMRs over paper files, the process is slow, but more and more doctors are eventually making the switch. Pascal notes that "When you look at how far countries have moved towards a broader vision of electronic health information capability, Canada is not doing too badly." Khaled El Emam, Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, agrees with this observation and adds of EMRs, “Integration into workflow takes time, is likely to have a short-term negative impact, and requires good change management practices to be successful.”

Instant Accessibility for Practitioners at Any Time


Physicians who use web-based medical billing software will have an edge over those who use paper records, as they will be able to enter a secure portal from almost any computer, tablet, or even their mobile phones to view an EMR in real time. Since these records are instantly updated across the board when information is entered, any medical professional who has access to the system can view or alter the records as needed. For example, if a physician is seeing a new patient at his or her medical clinic but is currently working out of a hospital or other clinic, any important insurance changes or other information that will affect billing can be viewed from a computer at the physician's current location. The changes can then be viewed by those who handle the billing for the office so that the patient records are updated before the appointment takes place. This ease of accessibility not only allows the physician and billing personnel to work together seamlessly, it also avoids wait time for patients after the appointment is complete, as billing is processed at a much faster pace.

Medical practitioners who use EMRs offer their patients a superior level of care that cannot be matched with paper records, as they offer health care professionals a powerful tool that allows them to combine patient data with billing data for a system that provides them complete information with the touch of a button.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Love OscarHost? Spread the word! | OscarHost referral program | OscarHost blog

Are you enjoying your OscarHost service?

We hope the answer is yes! If you've found our service an asset to your practice, please help us out by participating in our new referral program. Spread the word to your friends and colleagues about what OscarHost can do for them and we'll reward you with a $200 credit!

Want to refer your friends?


Referring is easy and you can do it in many ways. Here are some of the favourites we've seen:
  1. The classic word of mouth. Having coffee with a doctor friend? Are they interested in getting started with an EMR service or are they using one that isn't quite doing the trick? Let them know about OscarHost and give them some reasons why you went with us! Perhaps you didn't want the hassle of buying or installing new hardware in your office. Or maybe you love that we offer training and support. Whatever it is, let your friends know about OscarHost!
  2. The mass email. If you'd prefer to tell lots of friends about us in just a little bit of time, using email is a great way to communicate. Simply cc info@oscarhost.ca when sending an email to a list of friends that might be interested and we'll take it from there!
  3. The info package. If you want something a little more substantial, we can provide you with some information sheets to pass around either online or at monthly medical meetings you might be attending. The info sheet is a quick one-page overview of what OscarHost has to offer and has all of our contact information included.
  4. The link. You can also send your friends and colleagues our way by simply adding a link to our site on a blog, newsletter, or website you might be a part of. Or maybe you know someone that puts out a medical publication or some sort? We're always looking for more exposure so let them know to get in touch with us and we'll be more than happy to answer any questions for an article or feature and provide them with any information they need.
Feel free to use any of these approaches or whatever works for your busy schedule. If you like OscarHost, we're sure your network will too!

How it works


We keep track of all referrals to ensure that you get rewarded for your support. We've added a new "Referred by" field to our sign up form so make sure to tell your referred friend to fill our your name or the name of your clinic in that area. That way we can attribute their sign up to you and apply your $200 credit! Please note that we will only apply a credit for customers who come on board and will use OscarHost past the free trial period. 

If for some reason you're unhappy with the services that OscarHost has provided, please let us know and we'll do our best to solve your concerns.