Electronic Medical Records Software Companies
Believe it or not, choosing an electronic medical records company from the number of companies out there has become more difficult than ever. This is because, frankly, a number of new companies have recently surfaced touting their specific EMR solution as the best paperless medical records on the market.
The 2009 Federal Stimulus package is to blame. Without the federal government, these unproven electronic medical records companies probably wouldn't exist. But the recent Medicare rebates have made it far too difficult for these opportunistic, inexperienced software companies to stay out of the game.
Start With Experience
When choosing from the broad array of electronic medical records companies, there are a number of characteristics to look for. References and questions can make your decision that much easier in the long run. These are especially critical, because newer EMR consultants tend to tout these characteristics, knowing that most medical office managers, or doctors, have very little time to do homework into which company is the best choice.
So what happens with many electronic medical records installations is that the staff in charge will get charmed by sales rhetoric, instead of actual real world results.
Discussing Results With Satisfied Users
One of the most important ways to check on an EMR systems vendor is to talk to its customers. This may take some time, but it is definitely worth it in the end. Request a list of at least 10 recent medical practice management or emr software installations performed by your chosen electronic medical software company, and select three random practices. If your vendor cannot supply you with at least ten satisfied customers, then you should look elsewhere. Real companies with real track records make no excuses.
Make a List, Check It Twice
What are your concerns when considering an electronic medical records system for your practice? What are your fears? Creating a list of questions that help to calm these fears is key. So many Medical Software Associates customers actually come from situations where their trust has been broken by an unscrupulous vendor.
A list of the right questions, like "What happens if the emr software installation doesn't go according to plan, and takes too long? What then?" really put a practice management software consultant on the spot, and help you determine whether he or she is what they say they are.
The Federal Stimulus and EMR
Over the past five years, we at Medical Software Associates have seen the sheer number of electronic medical records companies grow by leaps and bounds. While certainly we're not the biggest fans of all this competition, we've found that it is becoming quite easy for our client prospects to figure out the difference between a good electronic medical records company, and a bad one.
Communicating the difference between electronic medical records companies has become a key job for us. Saving practices like yours the consequences of a bad EMR installation is worth its weight in gold.
Having trouble selecting from the huge number of electronic medical records companies? Contact us here to find out more about how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Request a demonstration CD here, or contact us to find out more. Or, browse the rest of our site with the links below.
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