There’s no question that EMRs are the gold standard of medical record keeping. In fact, the benefits of electronic medical records are so evident that the CDC provides financial incentives to hospitals and health professionals who adopt EMRs.
It’s no surprise, as EMRs are known to improve productivity, cut down on paperwork, decrease costs and improve patient care. Even so, all EMR programs are not created equal, and yours may not be providing the benefits you anticipated. Here are four reasons to consider replacing your EMR system:
- Missed Goals: If you don’t see significant gains in efficiency, or if your program is costing more than you’re saving, it’s time to consider a new EMR system.
- Tech Issues: It’s hard to improve efficiency if your software keeps crashing, is missing important features, or if the user interface is anything but user-friendly.
- Vendor Stability: Small companies just entering the market may simply hope to cash in on high demand for EMR systems. If they’re not in it for the long haul, they may not have the infrastructure or personnel to support your system or address day-to-day tech issues. If this sounds familiar, find a new vendor you can trust for the long-term.
- Physician Productivity: Physician productivity is a key component of an effective EMR system. If your doctors find the system cumbersome, they may resort to other methods of record keeping, putting a damper on their productivity and nullifying any benefits the EMR system may provide. Find a program your docs can use with speed and efficiency.
The right EMR program will yield considerable benefits, curbing admin and hard costs and freeing you up to do what you do best: provide high-quality patient care.