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.
Why is it that doctors understand the benefits of adopting an electronic medical record (EMR), yet aren’t rushing to implement the technology? Cost is one factor, as is resistance to change—but the biggest reason, in our opinion, is that much of the available technology doesn’t match the way doctors think.
Seventy-five percent of physicians still haven’t installed an electronic medical record (EMR)—despite financial incentives do do so. One reason may be the enormity of choosing from the hundreds of EMR solutions on the market. You want a solution that will meet industry standards—and is built on technology guaranteed to be around many years from now.