EMRs should help, not hurt, your practice and your patients. Many respondents to a new survey are worried that EMR implementation will lead to lower-quality care for their patients. But that doesn’t have to be the case. The 2011 National Physicians Survey, conducted in 2010 and updated in December 2010 and January 2011, surveyed 2,958 physicians across the country.
Choosing an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) can feel like a gamble. Are you picking the system that works best for you? Will the provider be around to support it in the long term? These are important questions. After all, what happens to your data if you want to change EMR providers because you selected the wrong system—or if your EMR provider goes out of business? Because you’ve made a huge investment in your EMR in both money and time getting information into it, you should have the right to take that information with you if you decide to make a change.
Any Electronic Medical Record (EMR) vendor should meet some basic requirements, such as meaningful use—but you’ll also want to look beyond these basics when selecting your EMR. For example, can the vendor you’re considering offer on-site, in-person training? Can they provide effective support after your EMR is implemented? The EMR you choose will be an integral part of your practice’s operation for many years, so you’ll want to select an EMR system that you can learn how to use effectively—from a vendor that will be around to support it.
Join Todd Krieger, gloStream’s Marketing and Communications Team Leader, for a discussion about the economic stimulus and the EMR incentives included in the law. Todd will cover the specific requirements for EMR use, the payment schedule for Medicare and Medicaid providers, and the requirements necessary for doctors to receive their stimulus funding.
Things change—and change could affect your electronic medical record (EMR). That’s why it’s important to choose an EMR that will qualify for stimulus funding and a vendor that guarantees data portability. Stimulus funding Doctors considering an EMR should be certain that the system is certified and stimulus-ready.
The investment you make in acquiring electronic medical record (EMR) hardware and software is significant—but the investment you make in ensuring that the system works the way you want it to is even greater. How can you protect that investment? Physicians can easily spends hundreds of hours ensuring that their EMR works they way should.
Some EMR software is ASP-based, and some is built on a client/server model. Which is right for you? ASP With the Application Service Provider (ASP) model, all data is located on a server at an offsite location selected by the EMR company. While this may seem ideal because it requires you to buy less hardware, there may be some problems: When you use your EMR, you’ll be accessing data over the Internet, and that can make data transfer slow (or even impossible if your connection fails). You will likely never meet the team managing your server.
More and more doctors are interested in Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), thanks to American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) incentives—but at the same time, they’re worried that in implementing an EMR they’ll lose control over their data.
An EMR may be the biggest technology investment you make—which is why you want to look for one that’s built on proven technology. gloStream’s EMR, gloEMR, is one such solution: It’s the only EMR that has Microsoft Office built into its applications.
Health care providers often ask why they should implement their organization’s preferred electronic health record (EHR) when a less expensive option promises to meet meaningful use standards. The answer lies in difference between certification and meaningful use—two concepts worth reviewing.