Technology in Healthcare

| Posted On May 06, 2021 | By:

Virtual Telehealth Visits for Patients Not Living in Massachusetts

This notice applies only to patients who are out-of-state at the time of their virtual telehealth appointment.

Most states have very strict laws that require healthcare clinicians to be licensed to practice in the state where a patient is located in order to provide care to that patient, including care that is done via a virtual telehealth visit. During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, many states relaxed these licensing requirements on a temporary basis.

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| Posted On Apr 07, 2021 | By:

MyHealth Test Results

Atrius Health is making some changes to the information available in your MyHealth account. Beginning April 10, 2021, we will release imaging, pathology, and other lab results as soon as they become available. Until this time, providers had access to test results before they were made available to patients. This change builds on our commitment to provide our patients with better access to their health information to help them engage with their health care providers and manage their care.

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| Posted On Apr 05, 2021 | By:

Video Visits: Join from Your Desktop Computer or Mobile Device

On April 10, 2021, you’ll see a lot of exciting new changes in MyHealth Online. Our patient portal will have an improved layout and new features to help you find what’s most important to you. In addition to seeing the notes your Atrius Health provider recorded at your visit, you’ll also start to see more test results, often at the same time as your provider receives them.

We are particularly excited to let you know that we are also changing how you can experience a video visit with us.

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| Posted On Feb 24, 2020 | By:

Healthcare of the Future: Innovating New Ways of Delivering Patient Care

When Bill Ring was diagnosed with a severe urinary tract infection, he thought he would have to go to the hospital to be admitted for treatment. Then his primary care physician at Atrius Health suggested the Medically Home Program.

“After I agreed to the service everything worked fast and efficiently,” says Ring. “They sent a technical person to set up the equipment in my apartment and he explained exactly how it would work.

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| Posted On Jul 16, 2019 | By:

Atrius Health Weighs in on Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) Proposal

Atrius Health recently joined several organizations in providing testimony to strengthen and clarify regulations proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) related to Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS). The proposed changes are part of the provisions of Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018 to address the state’s opioid crisis and are designed to increase the security of prescription medications.

Electronic prescribing, also known as e-prescribing, is when a doctor writes a prescription and sends it directly to the pharmacy through a secured system.

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| Posted On Aug 18, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Testifies on Telemedicine Legislation

As a member of the Massachusetts Telemedicine Coalition, Atrius Health recently submitted testimony in support of SB 549 and HB578, “An Act Advancing and Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services,” which is being heard before the Joint Committee on Financial Services.

Although there are several other telemedicine bills before the Legislature that have the same goals of advancing and expanding access to telemedicine services in Massachusetts, we believe SB549 and HB578 are the most comprehensive bills that will help eliminate antiquated requirements for providing care in the 21st century.

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| Posted On Aug 22, 2016 | By:

DPH Launches Much Improved Prescription Monitoring Program

Today the Department of Public Health (DPH) launched its updated prescription monitoring program (PMP) called “MassPAT” after a complete and long overhaul of the old system. DPH chose Appriss, a software vendor that currently runs PMPs in more than 25 states, to manage the new system.

There is little doubt that the previous prescription monitoring program in Massachusetts was underutilized by prescribers due in large part to the difficulty in registering for the system and the overall lack of functionality that often required multiple “clicks” to access data.

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| Posted On Dec 01, 2015 | By:

Using Data and Information Technology to Improve Patient Care

At Atrius Health, we continuously look for ways to leverage data and information technology to enhance care delivery and improve clinical workflows for the benefit of our patients. We are delighted that our Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Kimura and Dr. Michael Lee, Director of Clinical Informatics, were among the first to pursue and achieve the Clinical Informatics subspecialty board certification. In 2012, Dr. Kimura was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in the United States.

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| Posted On Oct 13, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Submits Testimony in Support of Two Important Bills

Atrius Health submitted testimony before the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing today in support of two important pieces of legislation that will support the practices and our patients. Writing on behalf of Atrius Health, Dr. Richard Lopez, Chief Medical Officer, submitted comments in support of H. 267, An Act Advancing & Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services as well as H. 984 and S.

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| Posted On Jun 23, 2015 | By:

Addressing the Crisis: Opioid Prescription Monitoring at Atrius Health

Opioid addiction in Massachusetts has become a serious problem with more than 1,000 residents dying of opioid overdoses in 2014. At the same time, pain management is an essential part of every medical practice, requiring clinicians and care teams to carefully consider the best treatment for patients who are suffering. Opioid medications can play an important role in managing pain, though misuse or abuse of opioids can also lead to significant patient and societal consequences.

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