Most people that are working in a medical environment are now realizing that EMR solutions are certainly the best way to increase the productivity in their work place. The work flow using EMR solutions is so much higher than when not using it, that many medical facilities are choosing to pay thousands every single year, rather than be without out it. Do not be put off by these high figures though, as there are solutions for a range of different budgets, dependant on the different features that are really needed. By exploring the different electronic medical record solutions and the potential vendors that are available, each consumer can ensure that they get the best deal possible.
The problem is that many medical practices are still using paper based filing systems. Not only do these systems take up a lot of space, but they also take up a lot of time, meaning that workers are not working at their potential capacity. There are hundreds of processes that make the day as long as it is including documenting new appointments, documenting information from existing appointments, monitoring facilities, filling out forms, filling out prescriptions and so much more. By having to do this on a manual paper based filing method, each member of staff is wasting time every single day.
Process of elimination
The first step when it comes to finding EMR solutions is to start eliminating software and vendors based on requirements not met. For instance, if a certain vendor does not offer a product within the budget that you have set (as long as it is realistic), then scrap them and start to short list a range of other vendors. Similarly, if the product offered by one vendor is not up to scratch and does not include all the features that you expect to be included, then it might be worth removing this from the list and looking else where for products. This will help to quickly narrow down the search so that it does not become daunting, especially for those that have not used these pieces of software before.
The technology incorporated into EMR solutions can be extremely complicated to understand. It is worth taking some time to understand each and every feature that is on offer to ensure that you are not paying extra for something that you do not need. On a similar note, it is also worth researching and finding out this information to ensure that there are not features out there that you do actually need, but are not included in your package. This will ensure that your decision in terms of a vendor and which piece of software is used, will be right the first time round.
For example, some people prefer web based EMR solutions, where as other prefer an in house system. An in house system will be installed on a computer and therefore, is not reliant on the internet in order to function. For this reason, it tends to be slightly more reliable. That being said, a web based EMR solution is available from any computer providing the user login details are present, which makes it extremely easy to use. Alongside this, web based EMR solutions can usually be leased, rather than purchased upfront, reducing the initial cost of the software.
EMR solutions are not exactly easy to understand initially. That being said, it is all about research. After researching a range of products, features and vendors, the individual will soon become familiar as to which EMR solutions are the right ones, and which ones are not really suited to their needs.