Choosing an Electronic Medical Records system (EMR) is a critical purchasing decision for medical practices.
EMR systems replace paper patient charts with computer records: they store physicians’ notes, x-rays, prescriptions, and any other medical information usually found in paper records in electronic form. This makes searching and retrieving data easier, improves efficiency and accuracy, and allows doctors to access patients’ information remotely.
Electronic medical records systems also provide benefits such as reduced mistakes caused by bad handwriting, drug interaction precautions, and improved billing and insurance handling. They’re also required by law to meet certain security and privacy regulations, particularly the HIPAA regulations that govern many aspects of health care information and billing.
There are hundreds of EMR systems available today, targeted at every type and size of practice. This Electronic Medical Records Systems Buyer’s Guide will help you ask the right questions to evaluate both the software and the vendor so you can choose the best solution for your practice.