Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records

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The nation's health care delivery system is rapidly being transformed by the introduction of computer-based health information systems - specifically, by electronic health records (EHRs). This Electronic Health Records course answers the need for health care students to understand the entire medical office workflow process, from scheduling an appointment with the doctor to collecting the final payment. Also included in our course is the clinical staff’s use of a point-of-care electronic health record.  Included in our course is the detailed use of SimChart’s fully integrated electronic health record and practice management system. SimChart’s simulations allow students to practice each of the medical office workflows steps. Our Electronic Health Records course provides you with techniques and rationales for using electronic health records in practice and shows how the electronic health record affects your responsibilities on the job.

When you begin your career in the health care workplace, it is important that you have a clear understanding of EHR. The knowledge and experience gained through this course will be a vital component of the skills and competencies needed in the 21st century medical workplace.

Prerequisite(s): None


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the developmental challenges associated with creating electronic health records
  • Define electronic health record and its advantages and disadvantages
  • Recognize the importance of patient data privacy
  • List the steps for basic coding techniques
  • Name the steps for documenting in the EHR

Electronic Health Records Module 1
Introduction to the Electronic Health Record

  • What is a Medical Record?
  • Who Documents in the Medical Record?
  • Who Owns the Medical Record?
  • The Electronic Health Record
  • Advantages of Electronic Health Records
  • Disadvantages of Electronic Health Records
  • Early Versus Late Adopters
  • Role of the Healthcare Professional Using the Electronic Health Record
  • Professional Organizations

Electronic Health Records Module 2
Overview of SimChart

  • The Medical Practice Goes Digital
  • Accessing SCMO Through Evolve
  • Getting Comfortable with Electronic Health Records
  • SCMO Assignment View
  • Features in SCMO
  • Establishing and Maintaining a Patient Registry
  • Internet Use in the Medical Practice

Electronic Health Records Module 3
Privacy, Confidentiality and Security 

  • HIPAA Law
  • Confidentiality vs. Privacy
  • Security Safeguards for the Medical Practice
  • Patients’ Rights Under HIPAA
  • Security Initiatives
  • Access to Protected Health Information
  • Patients Protecting Health Information

Electronic Health Records Module 4
Implementing Electronic Health Records

  • Role of the Front Office Assistant
  • Communication in the Medical Office
  • Incident Reports
  • Managing Electronic Health Records
  • Calendar

Electronic Health Records Module 5
Administrative Use of the Electronic Health Record

  • Documentation in the Electronic Health Record
  • Clinical Documentation in the Patient Record
  • Allergies
  • Patient History
  • Medical and Surgical History
  • Chief Compliant
  • Medications
  • Tracking Health Screenings and Immunizations
  • Using the Electronic Health Record for Patient Education
  • The Progress Note

Electronic Health Records Module 6
Clinical Use of the Electronic Health Record  

  • Healthcare Reimbursement
  • Revenue Cycle
  • Coding Systems
  • Pay for Performance
  • SuperBill
  • Patient Ledger
  • HIPAA 5010 Claim Processing
  • Medical Necessity
  • Fraud and Abuse
  • Patient Statements
  • Reporting Features of an EHR

Electronic Health Records Module 7
Using the Electronic Health Record for Reimbursement

  • What is a Personal Health Record?
  • Innovative Features of Personal Health Records
  • Steps in Creating the Personal Health Record
  • Maintaining the Personal Health Record
  • Patient Portals
  • **Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Online is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

Upon successful completion of our Electronic Health Record Specialist course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as an Electronic Health Record Specialist in a medical office and to sit for the NHA national certification exam to become a Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Online has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Online has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Online is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.

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