Medical Records Software
Yes, it's quite likely that you've heard that the Federal Stimulus package will effectively pay for your Electronic Medical Records software. And this is absolutely true. Using Medicare and Medicaid rebates, your medical EMR software system is close to, or even free if adopted for "meaningful use" by the end of 2010.
What's more, depending on your needs, you may be able to get a full appointment scheduling and medical practice management software package at dramatically reduced cost, also because of the stimulus. So the savings are clear. And, if you've researched the process, you likely understand that the return on investment for a medical records software system is extremely fast, even without the stimulus. You've decided to adopt one into your practice or clinic. Where to now?
Considering Your Staff
So you've decided on a vendor. You've moved past the fast talkers, the inexperienced bandwagon jumpers and the overpriced "corporate solutions" (hopefully settling for Electronic Medical Records Group's MediRange), and you have found a company with the experience and solution that you feel will best help your practice grow.
The planning stage of your medical records software adoption process is a key time, a period which should not be rushed. The key to successful adoption, of course, will be how well you prepare your staff; moving from paper medical records to a fully functional electronic medical records software system is not something that can be completed in a day.
With MediRange, you have one of the simplest electronic medical records software products on the market. But to say a half hours worth of training will bring you to expert level is seriously wrong. Assuming that any EMR solution is "plug and play" is a great mistake that many doctors make, often with the help of shifty sales people who claim an "instant solution."
No, it will take work. Even if you find that initially, your practice experiences no slowdown, over the first few months, documentation will take time in order to perfect.
Giving your staff the opportunity to familiarize itself with the reports, templates and features in the MediRange system is key to taking your adoption to the next level. Predicting how fast your staff will learn the program and use it efficiently typically depends on how computer savvy they are already. We tend to be conservative when estimating learning curves, although many of our clients are working at full efficiency within one month.
Appoint An EMR Champion
If your office is like most, there is likely a person whose personality is more motivating and enthusiastic that others. If this person is also computer savvy and has knowledge of electronic medical records software, you have it made. If not, concentrating on training this person can remove a lot of obstacles for your entire staff. A positive "EMR champion" can ensure that even the most skeptical employees are picking up the system fast, and learning features that may not be completely obvious. Having a champion on your team, in all cases we've seen, greatly helps your entire staff.
Electronic Medical Records Group understands that your staff is the key to successfully taking on a workflow changing product such as electronic medical records software. When we take on a client, we assess the abilities of staff first before recommending an adoption and training process. This is key, because a practice is more than just a doctor - it is the support staff that runs it as well. Keeping this in mind is critical to ensuring your first experience with medical records software is a great one.
Gaining the benefits of the Electronic Medical Records Group MediRange system is easier than you might think. To get a better view of the system, please apply for a demo here. Or, if you have any questions about the MediRange suite of medical software products, or adopting an medical records software application in your practice, please contact us here.
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