Over the past six years, we’ve seen a steady rise in new or replacement electronic medical records (EMR) software purchases by practices across the country.
The many advantages of EMR adoption are leading physicians and hospital administrators to consider which of these systems is the perfect fit for their needs and budget.
This group of 140 primary and specialty care providers has been using the technology for more than 10 years, and is a great example of successful EMR adoption.
4 Top EMR Adoption Advantages
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Of course, learning about the benefits of EMR systems is only the first step for providers hoping to make the switch from paper-based records to digital ones. There are hundreds of solutions in the market customized to serve every specialty and practice size under the sun.
Here’s what you can do next to come up with the best shortlist of products for your organization:
- Take our online questionnaire. After answering a few questions, we’ll match you with up to five software vendors that fit your requirements.
- Download our free pricing guide. You’ll learn how to calculate the total cost of ownership for popular EMR systems here.
- Call Software Advice at (888) 918-2745. A consultation with our team of expert Software Advisors is the most efficient way to get free, unbiased guidance on the best EMRs and their costs.
The electronic medical record. Nowadays, an EMR does so much more than just digitize a patient’s health information.
Thomas Thrower: “These systems are so critically essential to everything we do.”
Here at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic…
Dr. Ghassan Salman: “ADC is a physician-owned, multi-specialty clinic with 140 providers and 21 different specialties.”
…the advantages of EMR adoption are clearly seen, such as identifying patients who need care.
Dr. Ghassan Salman: “The EHR helps us identify patients with gaps of care. For example, identifying patients who need breast cancer screenings by having specific programs that look at the patient population, their names, their last date of service and the results of their mammogram. We identify the patients who are in need of medical care.”
Other advantages? Data accessibility and searchability.
Thomas Thrower: “The real benefit of an EMR is that information is accessible and available to all the people who need it. Also, when you have data in an electronic form that is in discrete data elements, then it becomes searchable and actionable.”
…and that leads to improved clinical reporting, another EMR benefit.
Thomas Thrower: “The other thing I think our system does remarkably well is the way we manage our data. We’ve been very careful to make sure specific data elements mean the same thing across all areas of our clinical operations, so when we extract that data on the back end, the data has meaning. And, in fact, it has to because meaningful use requires us to use that same data to report clinical quality measures [and] meaningful use objectives.”
Meaningful use is a multi-stage government program that offers financial incentives to EMR-using practices, making meaningful use eligibility another key EMR adoption advantage.