Marissa Guertin

The Amazing Charts Electronic Health Record system has been rated #1 for usability in multiple satisfaction surveys and industry surveys. Ease of use is a mission-critical feature for medical practices interested in efficiency, profitability, and creating a work environment that is rewarding and enjoyable for staff members. If your staff has to struggle with your EMR software just to record information from patient encounters (particularly visibly, in front of the patient), it can significantly detract from both your patient's satisfaction with your services, and with your staff's satisfaction with their jobs. One of a medical practice's largest costs is its employees time, and it's important to give them the tools to spend their time efficiently.

When selecting an electronic health records system, selecting one whose workflow is designed to mirror the way you conduct patient encounters is an important consideration to take into account. Many EHR implementations actually dictate your process for dealing with patients - limiting your freedom to practice medicine in the way that makes the most sense for you and your patients. With constraints from insurance companies and the government constantly increasing, the last thing a medical practice needs is additional constraints imposed on it by poor software design and implementation.
With an EHR, Practice efficiency is improved by making records available electronically, reducing the effort to record patient encounters, and facilitating the billing process. Capturing information at the point of encounter eliminates the old "filing backlog" of paper records waiting to be filed, transcribed, or copied. Time and monetary savings, however, can only be realized if the EHR itself is reliable, responsive, and simple to use; if staff constantly struggle just to enter data, implementing an EHR can actually be a net loss in money and time to a practice.

Transitioning from paper to electronic medical records can be a daunting change for a medical practice, but there are many benefits to making the switch, including improved patient care, greater practice efficiency, and time and monetary savings. Improved patient care can result from more accurate records-keeping as well as integrated evidence-based health maintenance guidelines that can aid a physician in determining what tests or treatments are indicated by a particular situation.