#16 Going From An Old EMR To A New EMR: Featuring Dr. Seth Kaplan [Pediatric Practice Management AwesomeCast]

Meaningful Use and ARRA have brought a huge interest in practices adoption Electronic Medical Records for the very first time. But there is also large number of practices that are in the process of going through the process of switching to their second EMR. In fact, our practice is one of those practices ready to make the transition. Chip and I thought it would be good idea to talk to somebody that has gone through the transition and learn … [Read more...]

11 Questions to Ask A Potential EMR Vendor About Their Software

Software demos are notoriously biased. EMR representative will generally show you the stuff that works really well. They will show you the stuff that will make you say, ooh, aaah. Nothing wrong with that. When I'm showing something off, I want to share the best of what I have too. But one of our main jobs as leaders of our medical practices, is to shift through the nonsense and get to the nitty gritty. So how do we know, from a practical … [Read more...]

Part II: Ditching Your EMR For a New One? Here’s How To Prepare

For this post, we are going to be looking at how we can leverage what we already know from our experience of implementing and managing an EMR system in our office. If you missed the previous post, scroll back or click on this link. Chip, for those of us that are thinking about replacing our EMR, surely we can take advantage of the lessons we've learned and use them during this transiton, right? What are some of those lessons? Take advantage … [Read more...]

Part II: Ditching Your EMR For a New One? Here's How To Prepare

For this post, we are going to be looking at how we can leverage what we already know from our experience of implementing and managing an EMR system in our office. If you missed the previous post, scroll back or click on this link. Chip, for those of us that are thinking about replacing our EMR, surely we can take advantage of the lessons we've learned and use them during this transiton, right? What are some of those lessons? Take advantage of … [Read more...]

Part I: Ditching Your EMR For a New One? Here’s How To Prepare

As many of you know, EMRs have been around for some time. Although I wouldn't go as far as to say they have matured as a product, there have been some progress in terms functionality (notice I didn't say innovation). The new word around the block is that apparently, practices are leaving their old EMR for new shinier ones. Now, some people say that moving from one EMR to another EMR is actually harder than moving from paper charts to an EMR. I … [Read more...]

Part I: Ditching Your EMR For a New One? Here's How To Prepare

As many of you know, EMRs have been around for some time. Although I wouldn't go as far as to say they have matured as a product, there have been some progress in terms functionality (notice I didn't say innovation). The new word around the block is that apparently, practices are leaving their old EMR for new shinier ones. Now, some people say that moving from one EMR to another EMR is actually harder than moving from paper charts to an EMR. I … [Read more...]

What is the Benefit of an EMR in a Medical Practice?

Today, I have another guest post. This time it's from Dr. Suzanne Berman MD, FAAP. Dr. Berman is also a contributor to Survivor Pediatrics. In this post, she gives insight into the real benefit of having a EMR. For example, many docs believe that a EMR will help them chart faster. But as Dr. Berman points out, that is not always true.  The real benefit of an EMR isn’t being able to put data in/chart faster – this is great if you can do it but … [Read more...]

Should I Open a Medical Practice in This Environment?

In the past few months I’ve been asked a couple of times what advice I would give to someone that is opening a practice from scratch. And in the same conversation I’m asked, do you think, considering everything that is going on now, if it is a good idea to open a medical practice. My short answer is, go for it! My long answer is, well, more complicated. First, I think it is important to assess one’s priorities and determine the true … [Read more...]

PediatricInc: Top 10 Post of 2011

In case you missed them, here are the top 10 post for 2011. Is Your Front Desk a Command Center? Top 11 Pediatric Facebook Pages Patient Collection Letters, What is Your Approach? Medical Practice Advertisement Tip #3, How To Save $80,000 How Social Media Can Transform Your Medical Practice Can Costco and Your Medical Practice Have Something in Common? Does Your Medical Practice Have a Problem with Bad Debt? Here is a … [Read more...]