VC offers Electronic Health Records course
Clare Petru, left, a certified medical assistant and graduate of Victoria College, confers with Dr. Robert Harvey on electronic health records at the Victoria Allergy & Asthma Clinic.
Clare Petru, left, a certified medical assistant and graduate of Victoria College, confers with Dr. Robert Harvey on electronic health records at the Victoria Allergy & Asthma Clinic.

Registration for Victoria College’s Electronic Health Records course will be held Jan. 23 with classes beginning Feb. 6. The classes will meet from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 27 in VC’s Health Sciences Center, Room 133.

Enrollees in the course must have an associate degree or higher and/or comparable work experience. They must also understand basic computer operation.

This course provides skills and knowledge in the health information field relating to electronic health records management. The roles of various healthcare support positions such as  the medical office scribe, registration, admitting and receptionist staff and nursing unit computer support positions will be included.

The Victoria Allergy & Asthma Clinic has been using electronic medical records for the past 10 years with favorable results.

“It helps us with our efficiency; we don’t have to be chasing paper trails all over the place,” said Dr. Robert Harvey, a clinic physician. “It helps me to provide a list of diagnoses that I can select from. Previously, I would have to go hunt them down. A lot of things are at your fingertips faster electronically than by paper.”

From a safety standpoint, electronic medical records warn physicians to choose another medicine if they write a prescription for a patient that will have a bad reaction with something, Harvey added.

He said everything has to be electronically billed.

“I don’t think they do much paper billing anymore,” Harvey said. “Anyone who wants to work in a medical office is going to need to know how to interact with an electronic medical record.”

Victoria College’s course content will include the transition from paper to electronic records for office practices, clinic settings and acute/long-term care facilities. Information on personal health records, clinical documentation, coding and standardization of computer languages, medical terminology basics, evaluation of filing systems and equipment, and maintenance of database records according to information management theory will be covered. Lecture, hands-on computer exercises, and review of industry literature will be utilized in the course.

For more information, contact VC’s Workforce & Continuing Education Department at (361) 582-2412.

Published: Thursday, 09 January 2014
 

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