|Computerized Medical Records|
Computerized Medical Records
As of the end of 2010, the Federal Stimulus funds allocated for the adoption of electronic medical records (also known as computerized medical records, patient medical records, EMR, EHR, among other names) will expire. This means the meaningful adoption of computerized medical records will provide your practice with less financial incentives than if you had adopted CMR in 2010, making the slow adopter pay a price for delaying.
Getting The Jump
As of this writing, 2010 is more than half over. This means if you have not received at least one computerized medical records quote, you still have some time to receive the maximum in Medicare or Medicaid incentives. Research is key in any EMR purchase, as you should be looking at a number of critical facets that will save you time and money in the future.
Installation costs are key to any computerized medical records software purchase. Typically, EMR vendors may include installation as part of the purchase price of the product, which can be a double edged sword. While some companies may in fact provide full installation of hardware and software, some companies may charge extra for hardware installation, as an example. Having installation costs fully outlined in an electronic medical records software contract is key to enabling you to make an apples-to-apples comparison. It is also key to ensuring that you know exactly what you're paying for!
No matter how simple a computerized medical records software interface may seem, having professional training is key to ensuring not only that the product is learned correctly, but so that it begins to provide your practice with results as quickly as possible.
Does the vendor offer in-practice training? Will your staff have to take time off? Will there be travel costs involved? How long is the training expected to take? Asking questions like this, and again, having it outlined in the contract, is key to ensuring your practice obtains all of the benefits of a computerized medical records software system.
Ensuring that your computerized medical records software vendor provides you with the support you need is absolutely critical to obtaining ROI from your system. This should all be outlined in a sales contract, of course.
Support should typically be of the 24/7 variety, and any contract should typically be geared with a plan for increased support needs up front. After all, the doctor who has used an EMR software product for more than 2 years typically has far smaller support needs than one who installed one last month. Ensure this is outlined completely in any sales contract.
Keeping a buyer-beware attitude when purchasing a computerized medical records system is key to ensuring you don't end up with a lemon. Contact our knowledgeable sales representatives here to find out more about what you need to know to bring a CMR system online!
Electronic Medical Record
Electronic Medical Records