When it comes to making the day to day processes of a medical facility run smoothly, it seems that electronic medical records software is certainly the way forward. A lot of medical facility workers do not realize it, but this is generally the quickest and easiest way to automate the many processes that are involved with running the day to day operations. Already, thousands of facilities throughout the country have converted from using their traditional methods of logging their patients information manually, to using EMR data as a base to record anything important. This has led to a huge amount of savings in terms of both time and money.
Of course, a lot of medical practices are worried about the potential negative impact that changing over to electronic medical records software could have. The reality is that migration of files from paper onto a computer based system can sometimes cause a few problems for those people that are not really ready for it. Ensuring that the EMR data is configured and transferred correctly is essential to ensure that peoples personal information is not mixed up and therefore, the medical professionals involved do not make the wrong decisions based on misinformation.
There are two ways to migrate the EMR data; manually, or on an electronic basis. Manual input leaves a lot of room for error and can be extremely time consuming. The reality is that an electronic migration is going to be a much more feasible option and should certainly be something worth looking at. For those people that do not have the technological experience when it comes to computer information migration, it might be that they need external help, possibly from the software provider, to ensure that the transfer of data goes through smoothly.
Although the process of migrating the EMR data might seem to be a long winded one, the long term benefits are great. The reality is that the small investment of $10,000 (this does vary depending on the type of software) can sometimes be returned in a matter of months. The investment will not only be returned, but the health care facility will be able to reap the rewards of this software for years to come. They will be able to operate at a much higher productivity rate, which in turn, keeps staff moral extremely high, creating a much better work place environment for everyone that is involved.
Many practice managers choose to avoid migrated EMR data simply because they think it is a long winded process that is not going to produce the results that many people suggest it should. The reality is that the time savings can be as much as 1-2 hours per person, per day. Obviously this can amount to a lot of hours every single week. Take into account the average hourly wage of everyone working in the facility and multiply this by the total number of hours saved and this will give the total cost saving. In many medical facilities, this equates to thousands of dollars every single week.
EMR data is not particularly difficult to migrate, but it needs to be done properly to avoid any costly mistakes. The smallest error can end up turning into a major problem, one that the practice manager is going to have to fix. Therefore, it is worth processing the migration on an electronic level, but then monitoring the process on a manual basis to see if any errors have occurred. If multiple errors have occurred, then it might be that the practice manager has to get a member of the admin team to manually migrate the EMR data.