The 2-minute Guide: Replacing Your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) System


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The government wants to shift the health industry into the digital age and has provided reimbursement incentives and a deadline for practices to adopt EHR or EMR systems. However, with the vast number of EMR software available, it is challenging to select the right software. Some practices are disappointed and frustrated with their initial software choice and are looking to replace their EHR system.

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The 2-minute Guide: Replacing Your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) System

  1. 1. The 2-minute Guide: Replacing YourElectronic Medical Record (EMR) SystemSummer  2013Wednesday, June 12, 13
  2. 2. If your current EHR is under-performing orjust not suited to your practice, you shouldthink about replacing your EHR. Sticking withan unsuitable EHR or EMR system couldgreatly disrupt your workflow and place afinancial burden on your practice.Wednesday, June 12, 13
  3. 3. Facts about Replacing EHR SystemsShould You Replace Your EHR System?Tips for Replacing Your EHR System123Wednesday, June 12, 13
  4. 4. Facts about Replacing EHR‣50% of EHR implementations are replacements forother EHR systems (2012 KLAS report)‣1 in 6 medical practices were ready to switch theirEHR systems (2013 Black Book Rankings’ annualpool)Frequently cited reason to replace an implemented EHRsystem are:4Wednesday, June 12, 13
  5. 5. Frequently cited reason to replace an implemented EHRsystem are:Should You Replace Your EHR System?5‣ EHR software does not fulfillmeaningful use or accountable carerequirements‣ Integration issues with other softwareor EMR systems‣ Missing EHR functionality‣ Software usability issues (slow speed,too difficult to use)‣ EHR software does not work onmobile devices‣ Too expensive without a return oninvestment‣‣ EHR is not customizable or built foryour specialty (pre-designedtemplates, ICD/CPT codes, specialty-specific equipment)‣ Dissatisfied with the type of systemsarchitecture (web based or clientserver)‣ Software vendor not helpful orresponsive to requests‣ Does not fit with the needs of thepracticeWednesday, June 12, 13
  6. 6. Tips for Replacing Your EHR System‣Research your options‣ Talk to the EMR vendors and other practices that haveimplemented that particular EMR to completelyunderstand how the EMR system works and if it is the bestfit for your practice‣ Make sure any new EHR system you are consideringsolves all of your most pressing concerns with your currentEHRWhile switching EMR systems may be a daunting task,understanding what to look for in a new system and what toexpect during the process can make it easier.6Wednesday, June 12, 13
  7. 7. Tips for Replacing Your EHR System‣Fast and easy implementation‣ Plan your implementation process out fully and ensure the EHR softwarevendor can help you with your implementation goals and timeline toprevent disruption of workflow and negative effects on finances‣Data migration‣ Use of continuity of care documents (CCD) helps with interoperabilityissues of transferring medical records between your old and new EHRsystems‣ If both system can generate a CCD, the process is simplified‣ It is important to back all your EMR files before transferring the data, incase of any transcription errors7Wednesday, June 12, 13
  8. 8. Tips for Replacing Your EHR System‣ EHR cost and return on investment‣ Assess all costs associated with the new EHR systems you areconsidering, includes costs for software, hardware, installation, andtraining and ASP fees‣ Ensure the replacement EHR system can provide you with a good returnon investment in terms of helping with workflow and medical billing‣ Make sure the software will allow you to achieve meaningful use andreceive government incentive payments‣ Medical practices will not recognize the benefits of EMR systems if thesystem isn’t a good fit. Instead of dealing with the frustrations of anunsuitable EMR, switching to a better system can greatly benefit yourpractice8Wednesday, June 12, 13
  9. 9. works to connect physicians to the best EMR companies, matching the rightEMR system with specific medical practices. is the world’s largest directory ofEMR software vendors. It is a privately held company based in Cambridge, MA whose mission is tobetter organize the EMR software market. The company was founded by seasoned technology andhealthcare professionals in 2010 after the passing of The Health Information Technology forEconomic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act).For more information about Choosing the Right EMR System, please visit us at: can help!About UsLocation:55 Cambridge ParkwaySuite 103Cambridge, MA 02142Wednesday, June 12, 13
  10. 10. Thank you for reading The 2-minute Guide: Replacing Your Electronic MedicalRecord (EMR) System.Please visit us at so we can help connect you to the best EMRcompanies!How can help!Replacing Your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) SystemWednesday, June 12, 13