Laundry List or Valuable Prescriptions? Be Exhaustive When Selecting Your EMR / EHR

The famous doctor and medical writer/professor Atul Gawande has written extensively on the huge benefits that a simple checklist affords in medicine, in industry, in life: Checklists offer protection against arrogance and forgetfulness, as well as being mindful of every last and important detail. Dr. Gawande explains how surgery, the construction of airplanes, and any other multi-stepped and multi-faceted procedure that involves multiple decisions –each simple, but dependent on each other– benefit from the use of a simple checklist.

That is: Before going ahead with x, perform or check:

  1. xxx
  2. xxx
  3. xxx

By implementing such a simple concept in hospitals, many lives have been saved, industrial accidents have been avoided, and outcomes have improved in many areas. Checklists are “Best Practices” mandated into operating procedures that are enforced. People are often loathe to submit to something so simple as following a checklist srupulously, but it works. It goes without saying that a checklist consulted during the process of medical software selection can yield great benefits as well (it may even, in the very long run, help save lives!)

We, as people implementing complex medical software systems, have to be humble and systematic enough to learn a great deal from this idea:

Before you go whole-hog with a decision to implement a particular EMR / EHR, or before deciding on the type of EMR /PM you want: think it through, weigh the implications of decisions, in other words: make a smart checklist. Don’t be swayed by a glitzy demo. Weigh each critical point and factor it into your decision..

If you have thought these issues through for your practice, and can work up a meaningful checklist about what you need in a product, and which products offer you what you need, more power to you: But many of us are not that clear-headed, especially when we have so many other things to do, and when advertising tempts us with benefits that may or may not be available to us with certain medical software.

If you do not have this checklist in hand or in your head, CTS offers you a thorough checklist, the EMR / EHR DemoScorecard , that is easy to use and completely free of charge: it is excel-based, allows you to choose only the features you need and want to compare, and helps you rate and score vendor demonstrations as you move along in the selection process.

Some of the specific uses of the EMR / EHR DemoScorecard

  • Perform a pre-demo needs medical office needs analysis to make sure you evaluate the functionality needed to manage your practice
  • Customize software demos to your exact requirements
  • Score each software demo based on your ratings of chosen necessary features
  • Compare features and options for different packages side-by-side
  • Streamline the demo process and save valuable time
  • Reduce your risk of selecting the wrong EMR software by developing a fact-based analysis of each program

The areas covered in the medical software checklist include almost anything you might want to consider when making your software selection:
Areas Covered

  • EMR / EHR
  • Ease of Use/Learning
  • Security/HIPPA
  • Procedure/Diagnostic Codes
  • Fee Schedules
  • Insurance Companies
  • Practice Management Accounting
  • Work Flow
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Insurance Verification
  • Account/Patient Information
  • Billing Claims
  • Managed Care, Case Management
  • Hospital Tracking
  • Clinical Documentation
  • Document Management Reporting
  • Training  

It is easy to get the Demo Scorecard Checklist at no cost. Just sign up for the CTS Medical software selection kit, and you will be able to download the Demo Scorecard /Checklist right away.

Look at a service that compares high quality EMRs by module such as the CTS Medical Software download kit, and see what different vendors offer in the way of patient portal features.

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