If you are investigating what Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system can do for your practice, you will already know that EMRs have changed the way that patient medical records are collected, stored and accessed. But one of the main reasons to implement an EMR is to improve the day-to-day workflows of the practice. EMRs are designed to eliminate time spent searching through file cabinets and paper folders. They give you instant access to patient information during consultations. They can also be used to easily refer back to when carrying out follow-up appointments.
While using an EMR system in theory is great, successfully implementing and using EMRs has been challenging for many medical practices. But if you look more closely at the situation, it’s likely that the failure rate of EMR implementation is less about the technology and more about the human factor. Ask any business leaders and they will tell you that technology can’t fix poor processes. The same applies to healthcare. You can’t expect to buy the first EMR you find and expect it to be up and running without a hitch inside of three months. You’ll only exacerbate the problems you already have.
Before you implement any technological change – EMR software or otherwise – you need a plan. To help you on your journey towards a successful implementation, we’ve laid out the top 6 steps to take note of to ensure a smooth transition from paper-based records to digital documentation.