How to choose a proper Electronic Medical Record for your practice

Electronic Medical Record or EMR is a single practice’s digital version of a patient’s chart containing medical history, diagnosis and treatments carried on by a particular physician, nurse practitioner, specialist, dentist, surgeon or clinic.

EMR systems are no longer luxuries and as such choosing the right or proper EMR for your practice helps in improving patient outcomes and makes time-consuming documentation quick and efficient.

However, finding the right EMR system is not an easy task as there involve several aspects and steps to be taken while deciding on selecting a proper EMR for your practice. The following tips if adhered to would help you in choosing the best EMR to suit your healthcare practice such as-

  • Determining your requirements

The first thing you should do before choosing a proper EMR system is to list out all of your requirements from the ground up such as relating to patient admission, patient scheduling, medication lists, visual reports and so on.

Based on these requirements you can narrow down the features that you need in that EMR system. Next, you need to prioritize the features that would bring the most value out of your practice when implementing the concerned EMR. EMR offers a vast selection of functions and a potential EMR should complement your workflow instead of hindering it.

  • Budget analysis

Purchasing and integrating EMR into your practice workflow may be costly with the prices of EMR systems being highly variable based on what features you choose to include, the vendor you select etc. Therefore, a proper budget analysis must be done in tandem with the EMR implementation ratio for your specialty and the true size of the prospective EMR vendor.
In addition to initial EMR costs, there are hardware, implementation, training and maintenance costs to consider when choosing a particular EMR system and these factors needs to be included as part of your budget analysis.

  • Specialty specific EMR

It is important to identify EMR vendors who focus on your specialty. A simple way to know how well they cover your specialty is to ask them for a list of specialty clinics that are using their EMR to match your specialty. Contacting the clinics or doctor being served by the concerned EMR vendor will give you a good idea about how well that EMR vendor services your specialty. EHNOTE specialty EMR covers the entire modules of every specialty.

  • Ease of Use

The most important aspect or factor that needs to be taken into account while choosing your perfect EMR system is how easy it is of use. The majority of vendors offer free trials or live demonstrations of EMR systems to prospective buyers, so take advantage of these options to evaluate the ease of using that particular EMR system.

Ease of use also means whether the office staff and billing managers are also finding it easy to understand and engage with the EMR. Finally, EMR selection is not about finding the perfect EMR, but in identifying one that will provide your clinical practice the most benefits.

The EMR solutions redefined by EHNOTE is advanced and entirely designed by the doctors and clinicians that help in simplifying the work-flow of doctors as per their specialties. The AI integrated EMR platform developed by EHNOTE enables doctors to spend more time with their patients and less time working with technology.