When shopping for an EHR system there are many key points you need to evaluate when shopping for an EHR. These will help you identify which of the EHR solution is the best match for your budget and your specific needs. I have developed a set of ten points, which will help put any practice on track for partnering with the absolute best product/company for your needs.
This list of evaluation points will apply in some way to everyone shopping. You might consider keeping a note book for taking notes on each point so you can remember them in the future as you narrow your decision.
This week let’s talk about the Speed of Product.
Speed of Product:
The speed of the product could mean many things. The way I mean it is how much time will you spend on your most common daily patient encounter? How does the system set you up to win in this situation? Does it provide you with a copy of the last visit and make a few changes in wording? Are you expected to click something to initiate this process? It is not uncommon to spend 2-5 minutes on a daily note in an EHR system; however it would be good to get a baseline for each system you are reviewing in case all other items are very close. Speed could become a deciding factor for you.
IMPORTANT: Hardware makes a huge difference. Don’t expect that your 5 year old computer will operate cutting edge software. Old hardware will make any good software look terrible. Keep this in mind and make sure your hardware is new and fast!
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Author, Alex Niswander, is a soap notes expert with over 10 years focusing on clinical charting and proper noting procedures. He has reviewed charts in hundreds of clinics throughout the country and continually reviews new requirements by Medicare and major insurance carriers.
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