Dr. Eric Fishman, who is no stranger to this blog had a nice interview with Medscape. He is addressing the issues, pros and cons with an EMR system for small vendors. This is a good article and he pretty much discusses it the way it is, good and bad. Recently he started EHRtv and you can find additional information and videos at the related links below. His website is a good place to get some free information if you are just starting out in this quest. BD
Choosing and using an electronic medical record (EMR) can be daunting for all medical practices, but small groups -- from 1 to 3 physicians -- have special challenges.
The unique hurdles for small practices include the following:
- The cost of an EMR can be a greater percentage of income when fewer doctors are bringing in revenue.
- The work slowdown and potential income loss when an EMR is implemented can be a more significant hit to a small group. Practices typically require from 3 to 6 months to get fully up to speed with an EMR.
- Small practices rarely have an IT (information technology) expert on staff to maintain the system and troubleshoot if technical problems occur.
Nationwide estimates suggest that although about 24% of physician practices use EMRs, only 12% of physicians in practices with 5 or fewer doctors do so.
"A 1- to 3-doctor practice doesn't have the luxury of a physician who can work part-time while choosing and implementing the system," said Eric Fishman, MD, President and Chief Executive Office of EMRConsultant.com, (www.emrconsultant.com), a free online service that provides EMR recommendations for physicians. Dr. Fishman elaborated: "When you're seeing half as many patients as usual because of work slowdown from implementation, that lack of productivity dwarfs the cost of licensing, scanner, or hardware."
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