EMR program curriculum
The EMR program curriculum is designed in partnership with experienced educators and health information experts. That means your training will be highly relevant to your career, helping you unlock new professional opportunities. You’ll learn to work with data, starting at information entry and working toward records management to regulatory compliance.
Orientation: Ashworth College Career Certificate ProgramLearning at Ashworth
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.
Lesson Group 1: Electronic Medical RecordsEMR Applications and Equipment
History and benefits of EMRs; EMR workflows; entering and retrieving patient information; performing clinical and administrative tasks; integrated devices; clinical vocabularies.
History of practice management systems; streamlining patient flow; using EMR templates; training and support for EMRs; using, editing, and updating databases for insurance, codes, and demographics.
Entering coding, billing, diagnosis, and procedure information into an EMR; translating diagnoses and procedures into numeric and alphanumeric codes; generating reports; posting payments; using superbills.
Ensuring EMR completeness and accuracy; entering live data into an EMR; assisting with charting functions; identifying information errors; the importance of audits; the effect of charting on reimbursement.
Professional standards for EMRs; HIPAA privacy and security; forms of protected health information; detecting threats to EMRs; guidelines for releasing information; abbreviations used in EMRs; catastrophe plans; reviewing financial reports.
Students learn about the importance and functionality of electronic medical records and receive hands-on training with two cloud-based EMR systems. Topics include adding, editing, storing, and retrieving patient information; using provider databases to facilitate continuity of care; generating coding and billing reports; assisting providers and clinicians with charting functions; and identifying information errors. Special emphasis is placed on professional standards for EMRs, HIPAA privacy and security, and guidelines for release of information.
After completing the Electronic Medical Records program, students will be able to:
- Describe the typical electronic health record (EHR) system, summarize the categories of data maintained on this type of system, and outline standard processes involved with entering, storing, manipulating, and retrieving patient information.
- Summarize the portions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule dealing with protected health information (PHI), confidentiality, and disclosure, and describe the circumstances under which information may be released without patient consent.
- Navigate cloud-based EMR software systems and use them to enter new patient information, encounter notes, physician information, insurance claims, and charting information.
Digital services for a digital job path
You'll gain job skills from every lesson in the Electronic Medical Records Career Certificate course and prep for your job search at the same time. The online tools available through the Ashworth College Central Network are integrated into your studies so you'll be ready to deliver a polished presentation of your qualifications to potential employers as soon as you graduate. You'll also be able to revisit the Ashworth College Central Network whenever you need to after you've earned your certificate. Learn more about it at the Ashworth College Career Services page.