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.
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.