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Have you outgrown your legacy system!?

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Is it time to let go of the system that's no longer serving you? Whether it's paper records or an outdated electronic program that you've outgrown, see how much a legacy system can really cost you - …

Is it time to let go of the system that's no longer serving you? Whether it's paper records or an outdated electronic program that you've outgrown, see how much a legacy system can really cost you - and simple tips to moving on with success.

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  • 1. Have you outgrown your legacy system!? First of all, what’s a legacy system!? Basically, it’s your “old” system: for example, the first EMR you started with5 years ago that your organization has now outgrown, or continuing to use paper records when you need a more efficient method. It doesn’t have to be software: a legacy Legacy system: “an system can be an old method, tool, or way of doing business. The legacy system may or may old method, not continue to be in use, but even if it’s no longer technology, utilized, it can continue to impact your practice computer system, or because of the role it has played. application program” Some practices stick with their legacy system, for a variety of reasons: the investment in time and/or money made on the old system; a vendor lock-in situation where you must continue using a certain product until a contract is finished; or the inevitable challenges of changing systems, including data crosswalk. But here’s the thing: if nothing changes, nothing changes! “A legacy system may include procedures or terminology which are no longer relevant in the current context, and may hinder or confuse understanding of the methods or technologies used.” Any change worth making requires that you give up the ways things have been previously utilized because you believe that a new way of operating is better. This is true whether it’s a home-improvement project, a self-improvement project, or changing your practice management system. These types of changes require focus & clear vision; hard work; time management & prioritization; and a solid plan to implement the transition desired. If you’re clinging to an outdated practice management program or paper processes that no longer meet your needs, you may be costing your organization more than you realize! An outdated system, whether paper or electronic, that isn’t able to provide what you require and/or is inefficient for your workflow may be costing you much more than just its price tag. If you or your staff are having to essentially work around a clunky old EMR or disorganized paper, you’re not only wasting time, money and energy; you’re most likely also missing out on profits and growth. Moving from a system that’s no longer working for you (whether it’s electronic or not) to one that does makes sense on many levels, especially for your bottom line. Whether you’re looking to replace your current EMR with a new one, or whether you’re on paper and researching electronic practice management systems, check out these resources: Your flexible, comprehensive EHR solution! www.pimsyemr.com
  • 2.      comprehensive, 14 page Guide to EHR 7 Steps to Picking the Right EHR for Your Practice Software Shopping Guide Is It Time for Electronic Records? EMR Resource Center 2 quick tips: 1) Try to find an electronic system that offers tiers of service, i.e., a system that offers a range of plans from basic to feature-rich with corresponding pricing. This will allow you to start on a lower-cost plan with only the functionality you need now but still gives you room to grow as the practice requirements change over time. Finding a flexible system that grows with your practice saves you time, energy, training & support costs, and all of the other investments that come with switching systems. 2) Some EHRs are not practice management systems, which means that you have to utilize other pieces of software in order to run your business. Try to find an EHR that is also a practice management system, bringing as much under one roof as possible. The more you can have all of your organization’s needs (calendar & scheduling, payment receipt, appointment reminders, billing services, document management, ePrescribing, practice planners, etc) integrated into one comprehensive system, the easier your workflow will be. The less you & your staff have to patch together multiple pieces of software, more of your time & energy (and therefore money!) are freed up to treat your clients and grow your business. Leigh-Ann Renz is the Marketing Director of PIMSY EHR. Your flexible, comprehensive EHR solution! www.pimsyemr.com If you’re clinging to an outdated practice management program or paper processes that no longer meet your needs, you may be costing your organization more than you realize! An outdated system that isn’t able to provide what you require and/or is inefficient for your workflow may be costing you much more than just its price tag. If you or your staff are having to essentially work around a clunky old EHR or disorganized paper, you’re not only wasting time, money and energy; you’re most likely also missing out on profits and growth!

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