WonderDoc’s Advice on EHR Software
April 21, 2011 – A chiropractor has a lot of information to decipher before choosing the right electronic health records software. Knowing which qualities are fundamental in an EHR is critical to minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency. Purchasing an EHR system may be the most important decision a chiropractor will make. It’s a decision that may last for many years and will significantly impact the way a chiropractor manages their patients.
Today’s health care environment is evolving faster than ever, and by 2016 every medical office will be required to adopt specific guidelines in electronic health records. There are hundreds of software vendors to choose from, so knowing what’s most important in an EHR system is critical.
Due to the recent health care reform bill, a buyer should only be considering software systems that have qualified for complete government EHR certification. Any other software system will likely result in obsolescence, insurance reimbursement penalties, or practice violations. Health care professionals must avoid being fooled into buying a system that can only be partially certified. Thus, a list of complete list of fully certified systems can be found at www.CCHIT.org, or www.drummondgroup.com.
The bottom line is, a practitioner should only consider those software systems that are completely certified, or plan to do so in the near future.
From the list of vendors, one must also examine the following key criteria in order to maximize a system’s potential:
1) Data access speed
2) Seamless integration of EHR with Administrative records and billing
3) Usability and User friendly interface
4) Efficiency in recording information
5) Integration of third party software systems
6) Importing capabilities of other EHR systems
7) Potential to adapt to future operating systems and programming standards
8) Tablet PC optimized
10) Industry specific functions and designs
11) Reliable customer support
12) Database stability
13) Multi-Computer, multi-office, and multi-practitioner networking
Any other benefit or functionality in a software should be considered secondarily to the above list. Also, beware of software companies that require customers to purchase other systems in order to satisfy complete certification. In many cases, one or more software system was built using a different programming language. This may result in either corrupt data or constant error messages. Therefore, do a thorough test of both software systems to confirm that there integration is seamless.
Another important factor when considering the right software system is to determine if the program is compatible with past and future operating systems. In addition, the program should be operate on different operating system platforms. Many software systems on the market will run within a Windows environment. However, since apple computers are becoming more popular, chiropractors may also want to consider programs that can be used with this operating system.
A good place to start when comparing potential software vendors is to first look at the functions and benefits available in the WonderDoc system (www.wonderdoc.com). WonderDoc software is a comprehensive practice management EHR system that satisfies all criteria listed in this article. With minimal effort, medical, billing, and administrative records will be managed flawlessly. This is a system that uses the latest programming technology and allows the user to automate, integrate and synchronize almost every clinical and administrative task. To find out more information on WonderDoc’s features and benefits, visit www.wonderdoc.com or contact James Pamplin, DC at firstname.lastname@example.org
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