Now that Stage 2 Meaningful Use has been pushed back to 2014, both paper practices and basic EMR practices have more time to get themselves prepared.
The main things to consider when searching for an EMR are features, training, and cost.
First we’ll talk features. Comparing our most widely known and used products, get a feeling for what a truly powerful system can offer.
Electronic Medical Records and Treatment: IMS Clinical®
Featuring a patient chart that mimics the common file folder, IMS Clinical® is an intuitive and easy to use program with modules for treatment plans, a comprehensive SOAP note, ERx, labs, image annotation and much more. IMS Clinical® includes IMS Link®, an advanced interoperability coding that allows IMS to interface with all HIPAA compliant systems and devices, such as EKG and Spirometers.
Practice Management and Billing: IMS Manager®
Featuring a scheduler that mimics the common Windows Outlook, IMS Manager® provides quick and complete task completion for front office staff with modules for scheduling appointments, authorization tracking, revenue cycle management, reports, dashboards, alerts & reminders among others. IMS Manager® includes IMS Hylafax® an in-built electronic faxing manager that helps practices reduce 80% of their incoming and outgoing paper flow.
Next up, we’ll discuss training and implementation by describing how it is solved at Meditab.
“Train the Trainer Approach”
This training method allows the practice to select their most technologically savvy staff member to become an “IMS Super User”. The super user works closely with the implementation specialist to learn the ins and outs of the system, while the rest of the staff work on more general usage that relates to their roles. This approach allows the practice to gain the most efficient and long lasting training by reducing the stress on other team members and making it a group effort.
And finally… “What’s it going to cost?”
Meditab IMS is one of the most affordable systems that offers 24/6 live support, continuous product updates, and in-built functionality for over 34 specialties. When comparing apples-to-apples, no one beats Meditab IMS on price.
The system model (cloud based or client-server) will be the biggest determining factor for the first year and implementation cost. However, the internet based AKA “cloud-based” model is the least expensive initially, while owning the database server AKA “client-server” requires a greater expense at first, yet offers more significant savings later.
The EMR selection process is so detailed that there can be entire encyclopedias written on EMR selection. However we have consolidated our long list of items to consider before going EMR to the Top 5.