How to Control the Costs of Adopting Electronic Medical Records

One of the growing trends for healthcare practices in 2010 is the adoption of electronic medical records (“EMR”).  By managing the selection and adoption of EMR correctly, practices will save money in the long-term. 

Well-researched and efficient management of the selection and adoption process will help a healthcare practice cut costs and reduce frustration.  The following are five key strategies to follow:

  • Make sure you have a full understanding of what an EMR can really be expected to do before you buy a product.
  • Obtain input from all of areas of the practice, including administrative and clinical support staff, regarding what is needed in terms of EMR.
  • Use the opportunity to change workflow rather than try to make the tool work just like the practice.
  • Do not worry about accommodating every single person’s ideas regarding how the software should look and work – focus on the overall picture.
  • Do not try to save money by skimping on training – proper use of EMR is essential for efficiency and cutting costs.

An EMR can be a great tool that improves a healthcare practice’s efficiency, reduces costs, and increases revenue.  By taking the time to make a careful EMR selection and following the above strategies, the practice will greatly benefit from the product.

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