10 Benefits of an Electronic Medical Record

Written by Joe Miller

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6. Affordability

This is perhapsrepparttar most appealing part ofrepparttar 149609 latest electronic medical record technology. Every business wants to save money while atrepparttar 149610 same time adopting time-saving technology. Because electronic medical record software uses online technology, much ofrepparttar 149611 set up costs and overhead are eliminated and reduced to monthly usage fees.

7. Infrastructure

Part ofrepparttar 149612 money-saving nature of electronic medical record technology isrepparttar 149613 elimination of IT infrastructure andrepparttar 149614 streamlining of multiple databases. The infrastructure is simplified into one online database, even for multiple offices.

8. Versatility

I have already mentioned multiple office management with electronic medical record software, but there is much more to this software than meetsrepparttar 149615 eye. Electronic medical record software stores medical transcription SOAP notes and medical codes. It allows multiple users. It also connects users to personal and online support sources.

9. Efficiency

We have almost made it full circle in our discussion ofrepparttar 149616 benefits of having an electronic medical record. But efficiency is notrepparttar 149617 same as speed. Efficiency takes all ofrepparttar 149618 duties involved in medical record and medical office management divided by time and money. Electronic medical record software can increaserepparttar 149619 numerators and decreaserepparttar 149620 denominators. Businesses often ask aboutrepparttar 149621 bottom line. Well,repparttar 149622 math says it all.

10. Manageability

The benefits of an electronic medical record may sound wonderful, but there is one more question to ask: Is it user friendly? When adopting new technology, remember thatrepparttar 149623 master needs to ride inrepparttar 149624 saddle, notrepparttar 149625 horse. Some technology requires so much attention that a business owner may be worried that he or she is now employed byrepparttar 149626 new technology and notrepparttar 149627 other way around. Electronic medical record software works for businesses.

A word of advice: in any given search engine there are millions of indexed pages that will appear as relevant results to a search for “electronic medical record”, or “EMR”. Use these benefits as search sifters, to identifyrepparttar 149628 right electronic medical record software to work for your practice.

Joe Miller is an author of informational articles and online advertisements on business technology. Electronic Medical Record information is available at AdvancedMD.com.

To Buy? Or To Build? … That Is The Question!

Written by Michael DeVries

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2) Are you planning to managerepparttar project, and project team(s), yourself? And/or are you planning to “outsource” part to all ofrepparttar 149509 management of your project? What arerepparttar 149510 costs in terms of time, effort and money for each of these alternatives? Which of these alternatives hasrepparttar 149511 minimum risks torepparttar 149512 successful completion of your application development project?, These are *important* considerations as failing to completerepparttar 149513 development of your application(s) may make pursuing this option very costly!

3) What arerepparttar 149514 costs – time, effort and/or money – to also developrepparttar 149515 documentation and training (if applicable) for your application(s)?

4) How do you plan to supportrepparttar 149516 developed application(s)? By training “in house” staff to support it? And/or engaging external developers and/or support staff?

5) How do you plan to handle maintenance on this new application(s)? Do you haverepparttar 149517 source code? Do you plan to handle future maintenance yourself / “in house”? and/or Are you going to engagerepparttar 149518 original development team (assuming they are willing and available) to make any future additions and/or changes to your system(s)? If so have you negotiated / “locked in” a rate for these future maintenance efforts?

Etc. Etc.

Now, let us look atrepparttar 149519 “Buy” option.

Some ofrepparttar 149520 advantages ofrepparttar 149521 “Buy” option include:

1) The time to get a package solution implemented such that you may start using it and reapingrepparttar 149522 corresponding benefits for your business is typically quicker than that for buildingrepparttar 149523 application “from scratch”.

2) The initial purchase price of a software package, although it may be considerable, is often less thanrepparttar 149524 (initial) custom development costs.

3) The software vendor may deliver regular maintenance upgrades torepparttar 149525 software package, including a number of “bug fixes” and/or enhancements, which you may receive for a “fixed maintenance fee” such that you do not have to bearrepparttar 149526 costs of all these “bug fixes” and enhancements alone.

Some ofrepparttar 149527 disadvantages ofrepparttar 149528 “Buy” option include:

1) A COTS package may not satisfy all your business requirements/needs and may not fit your specific business processes well “out ofrepparttar 149529 box”. The software vendor may or may not be willing and able to modifyrepparttar 149530 package to better fit your business requirements and/or processes and even if so, this may be costly.

2) A software package may be less able to quickly adapt to changes in your business needs and/or processes. You may have to wait forrepparttar 149531 vendor’s next maintenance release to getrepparttar 149532 changes you want, or you may have to payrepparttar 149533 vendor to make these changes specifically just for you and wait for them, or they may not be willing (and/or able) to make these changes to their software package for you at all.

Briefly here are also just a few ofrepparttar 149534 additional factors that, IMHO, you may want to consider in evaluating / selecting a package solution(s), as part of your “Buy options”, including:

1) What isrepparttar 149535 additional time and cost, if it is even possible / an option, to modifyrepparttar 149536 package to satisfy your current requirements/needs? A “general rule of thumb” I have used overrepparttar 149537 years is that … If you have to modify 50% or more ofrepparttar 149538 “code” to make it meet your needs, then you are probably better off re-writing it “from scratch”, you know?

2) Is it maintainable? Meaning, will you,repparttar 149539 vendor, and/or developers you engage be able to modifyrepparttar 149540 package to meet any changes in your current and/or future requirements/needs? If not, then this package may become “shelfware” should your needs change at some point, you know?

3) How well does it integrate and/or “play well” withrepparttar 149541 other applications in your overall application architecture? If it does not “interface nicely” with other applications in your overall application architecture and it will need to, then you may find that you will need to have these interfaces custom developed. Therefore, you should also considerrepparttar 149542 development of these interfaces inrepparttar 149543 “Total cost of ownership” of this package, right?

4) What kinds of documentation, training and support are available? And how good are they? Bottom line … a package you and/or your staff can’t use isn’t worth much now is it?

Etc. Etc.

Granted, again, there is a lot more to both a good formal “Buy vs. Build” analysis and/or Software Selection process, as discussed above, but …

Once you have narrowed it down torepparttar 149544 top “scoring” candidate COTS software packages from your Software Selection process, this along with your assessment ofrepparttar 149545 advantages, disadvantages and costs ofrepparttar 149546 “Buy” vs.repparttar 149547 “Build” alternative, as discussed above, will allow you to make a good informed decision about which solution is better for you and your business, namely to “Build” or “Buy”, in this case, right?

I hope thatrepparttar 149548 discussions herein will at least help everyone seerepparttar 149549 value (and potential time, effort and money savings) of performing a “Buy vs. Build” analysis and/or a Software Selection process “up front” vs. ending up with something that either doesn’t meet your (short- and/or long-term) needs and/or is too costly to maintain.

If you have any further questions regarding and/or would like further assistance with any of this, please feel free to contact us viarepparttar 149550 contact information available below.

I hope this all helps you all and Have a Great Day! :)

- Michael S. DeVries

Michael S. DeVries is the Moderator of The Virtual Consulting Discussion List (http://www.TheVCF.com/vcdl.phtml) and Principal of The Virtual Consulting Firm (http://www.TheVCF.com). Learn how to work from Wherever, Whenever: http://www.TheVCF.com/vcdl.phtml

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