Alabama's Medicaid Agency is calling on all physicians to go electronic. They say it's time to put away those traditional clipboard-holding paper charts and enter the electronic health records age.
Kim Davis-Allen isn't a doctor, but one look at the electronic health record and she knows a patient's health history.
"It's web-based, any doctor anywhere has access to the information," she says. "It helps in making a decision," says Davis-Allen with the Medicaid Agency.
Alabama is among the first states given a grant to initiate the Q-tool, a system of electronic health records.
"Electronic health record information includes medicaid, blue cross and any information a doctor puts in, all in one application," says Davis - Allen.
The idea is to help physicians better manage Alabama's Medicaid patients.
Our state medicaid agency is able to offer what it calls "mini-grants" to physician offices, helping them buy the necessary equipment such as software and printers.