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Digital Record Keeping Required for Health Care Providers

February 5th, 2016

Electronic Medical Records 

In 2009, legislators enacted the Health InformationTechnology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which mandated the health care industry to undertake a massive digitization of patient medical records. The law required all medical practices – both public and private – to adopt EMR or electronic medical records.

The original intent was that electronic medical records would improve physicians’ ability to provide high quality care by making patient records transferrable between specialists and primary care physicians –all while protecting your privacy. In reality, EMR systems are costing healthcare practices both time and money since each independent practice must purchase a system, train staff, and load previous and current medical records.

When you visit us, you’ll notice our doctors, nurses and medical staff are inputting your information electronically, and this adds to the time of each visit. We acknowledge that it may increase your wait time, and we apologize. While we’re diligently working to comply with federal regulations, we commit to staying true to our mission – service to people.  

If you are a patient of USA and would like access to your USA medical record, you may do so via our Patient Portal. Some medical information is automatically posted on your portal like the clinical summary, which summarizes the reason for your visit, your health history, lab work or tests ordered, and discussions with the doctor.

We don’t automatically post lab or test results or surgical notes, but you may request a copy of these items after your doctor or nurse has discussed results with you. We want the opportunity to talk with you and answer your questions first. 

Click here to access the Patient Portal. Thank you for allowing USA to care for you and your family!


The mission of University Surgical Associates is service to people. Through the leadership of our physicians, in partnership with our employees, we strive to compassionately provide excellence in surgical care to the citizens of our region. We will provide access to quality surgical care to every individual. We will continue our involvement in organized medicine, both regionally and nationally, with the ultimate goal of better patient care.


Posted by University Surgical  | Category: EMR, Patient Records
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