Online Electronic Medical Records Course

Why Penn Foster?

  • Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

The Electronic Medical Records Certificate Program will provide you with an overview of how to successfully manage electronic medical records (EMRs) in different health-care settings. If you’re seeking to learn new job skills, refresh or refine existing health-care knowledge, or improve occupational performance by possessing a better understanding of medical record management, this program is for you! Penn Foster provides all of the course materials you’ll need, including Medisoft® software, SpringCharts® EHR software, and a 4GB flash drive. And you can complete this program in as little as one month.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students to successfully manage electronic medical records (EMRs) in health care settings.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Process patient admission and discharge documents
  • Enter, record, store, and maintain information, such as demographic characteristics, history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, or treatment, in electronic form
  • Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel
  • Compile, code, categorize, calculate, tabulate, audit, and maintain and verify information or data
  • Understand the terminology and concepts related to third-party reimbursement
  • Use computer hardware and software, including applications, to enter data and process information using electronic medical record (EMR) software
  • Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel

Course 1

Reimbursement Methodologies

This lesson provides important information that’s essential for your career as a health information technician.

Objectives:

  • Describe the history of health-care reimbursement.
  • Define prepaid health plans.
  • Identify characteristics of retrospective and prospective payment systems.
  • Describe commercial insurance plans.
  • Discuss the different government sponsored health-care programs.
  • Explain how managed care works.
  • Describe fee-for-service and episode-of-care reimbursement methodologies.
  • Outline the Medicare acute care and skilled-nursing prospective payment systems.
  • Discuss the different outpatient prospective payment systems.
Introduction to Computers in the Medical Office

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to install and use Medisoft® software.

Objectives:

  • Review the medical billing cycle.
  • Explain how computers are used for medical billing.
  • Describe how health information technology is used in medical offices.
  • Use Medisoft® software to perform medical office procedures.
  • Enter patient information.
Graded Project

You’ll begin work on your first graded project, which will be submitted at the end of the course.

Advanced Medisoft® Concepts

This lesson provides more in-depth training with Medisoft® Software.

Objectives:

  • Perform charge and payment transactions for patient services.
  • Post payments and create reports.
  • Perform patient scheduling functions.
  • Set up patient appointments.
  • Complete hands-on projects using electronic medical software.
Graded Project

You’ll complete four graded projects and one final graded project at the end of this lesson.

Additional Course Materials

Additional Course Materials:

Textbook: Computers in the Medical Office

Software: Medisoft® software and the Installing Medisoft® Advanced Student At-Home Version 17 booklet are included.

Course 2

Introduction and Standards of the Electronic Health Record

This lesson discusses the history and evolution of electronic health records.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the history of the electronic health record.
  • Explain the influence that legislation and agencies have had on developing the electronic health record.
Setting Up SpringCharts,® Appointments, Messages, and the Patient Chart

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to install and use SpringCharts® EHR software.

Objectives:

  • Perform administrative health information management functions.
  • Build an electronic health record.
  • Enter information into the electronic health record.
Graded Project

You’ll complete a graded project at the end of the lesson.

Using and Customizing EHR Tools and Templates

In this lesson, you’ll learn to use the chart evaluation feature of SpringCharts® and begin customizing templates. You’ll access ICD-9 and CPT codes using the SpringCharts® database and learn to use other common utilities.

Objectives:

  • Use the managerial features of the SpringCharts® software.
  • Document clinical information into an electronic health record.
  • Utilize templates to increase productivity.
  • Use the Productivity Center routine tasks within the medical office.
  • Utilize medical source documents to enter and extract patient information.
Graded Project

You’ll complete a graded project at the end of the lesson.

Applying What You’ve Learned

In this final lesson, you’ll use the skills you’ve learned to complete exercises in your textbook and navigate through the different SpringCharts® screens.

Graded Project

You’ll complete a final graded project at the end of the lesson.

Additional Course Materials

Additional Course Materials:

Textbook: Electronic Health Records

Software: SpringCharts® EHR software and a 4GB flash drive

You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows Vista® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Microsoft, Windows, and Windows XP are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
Medisoft is a registered trademark of McKesson Corporation in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
SpringCharts is a registered trademark of Spring Medical Systems, Inc. in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.

Sample Lesson

To view an Electronic Medical Records sample lesson, click here.

Electronic Medical Records Program Details

Penn Foster will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need:

  • Reimbursement methodologies
  • Medisoft® software
  • SpringCharts® EHR software
  • Hands-on projects using Medisoft® and SpringCharts® software

The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

Online Medical  Records Certification

You can improve your electronic medical records knowledge for your current job or a promotion at hospitals, doctors' offices, insurance companies, or government agencies. Here are a few qualities that effective medical professionals have in common:

  • Organized: Keep confidential health forms and patient information in the right places.
  • Honest: Insurance companies, doctors, and patients trust you.
  • Dependable: Patients and doctors rely on you to be organized and on time.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

Penn Foster is a great place to learn. The instructors are only a phone call away if you need any help. They are friendly and eager to assist. It is a truly great way to get an education. I even met a few new friends online who were taking the same program that I was. We were able to help each other when needed. I plan on taking another program from Penn Foster.

- Karen M., Penn Foster Graduate

I am so happy that I made a career change with the help of Penn Foster. Penn Foster makes it easy, and they are always supportive and encouraging to you. Whenever I had a question, I just gave my instructors a call, and they were very helpful and easy to talk with. The online testing made it convenient, and my shipments always arrived right on time.

- Christina R., Penn Foster Graduate

I would like to say that enrolling with Penn Foster Career School was the best choice that I ever made. I would recommend Penn Foster. I just have to say 'Thank You' to Penn Foster for achieving my goal.

- Francisco C., Penn Foster Graduate

We make sure you have everything you need:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids, including Medisoft® software, SpringCharts® EHR software, and a 4GB flash drive
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our world-class faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online campus, plus immediate membership in the Electronic Medical Records Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does Penn Foster’s Electronic Medical Records Certificate Program provide any software for students?

Yes, the program provides Medisoft® software, SpringCharts® EHR software, and a 4GB flash drive.

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