Changing your EHR is a big decision. We collected useful information and a few key recommendations to help out as you embark on this journey. Knowing what’s ahead of you when you begin the process to switch your EHR is important. It can help you plan and feel more confident in your decision. We hope the information we collected here can help you make these key choices. Our team can help eliminate the headaches in the process so you can enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction that comes with finding an easier to use EHR.
Amazing Charts Medical Practice Consultants are here to help! View our reference materials to assist you with what you should know and be aware of when switching EHRs. To learn more, please contact us for a free practice consultation.
Q: What should I look for when selecting an EHR?
A: There are many EMRs on the market, but only a handful are developed for small to mid-level practices. You should schedule a demonstration of the software to make sure it meets your needs.
Q: How much is going to cost?
A: You want something not too expensive, as you are trying to build your revenue stream and not go broke in the process.
Q: Is it hard to learn? Do they offer some free training?
A: You want to find an intuitive system familiar to your workflow, so you can hit the ground running. Free training at the start can also help round out any questions you have and make you more comfortable.
Q: Do they offer a free trial?
A: You want to be able to try the system before you buy it. Like test driving a car, getting your hands on the system before purchase allows you to truly understand the layout and how easy it is. You also want to try the full system, rather than a limited version, so there are no surprises.
Q: What transition support services does the vendor offer?
A: Switching EHRs takes effort. Some EHR vendors have more experience and provide more help than others. Evaluate how the vendor will help your practice change EHRs with as little disruption as possible. It is sensitive and complex to migrate patient chart data – find the right partner
Q: How will you host your software and data?
A: Another item to consider is how best to host your software. Many practices are moving to cloud based or cloud hosted EMRs. Others are sticking with the conventional “Office Hosted” option, where your database is stored on your practice’s main computer or server. Discuss what option is best for you with your implementation specialist.
Q: What kind of hardware/tools will your practice need?
A: Again, your implementation specialist will help you determine what hardware would be required to make your office run smoothly. It is very important to know what software and tools you will be using in your office prior to purchasing hardware so you do not overspend or buy equipment not suitable for your needs.
Amazing Charts is here to stay. Harris Healthcare is financially strong, and it practices the “Family is Forever” policy, meaning it doesn’t sell companies it acquires. Being a part of the Harris Healthcare family also means that clients can take advantage of the “Software for Life” philosophy. Regardless of which solution clients choose, they will receive the same level of service, support, and long-term technology protection.
Amazing Charts is current with Meaningful Use certifications and continuously deploys resources to meet these CMS requirements, so it is a solution you can use confidently.
Some EHRs do not work well within a practice’s workflow and are too cumbersome to use quickly, meaning doctors, nurses, and other office staff spend more time in front of a computer screen than with patients. Amazing Charts uses a SOAP note format and resembles a paper chart, which requires fewer clicks and allows you to see more patients through the day.
A private practice is a small business. Amazing Charts was founded and built by a practicing independent physician who understood the financial challenges you face, and set out to create an affordable solution.
This is a perfect time to make the switch! Read our “New Practice” guide here for more info and resources on the process.
If your EHR is consistently creating issues with your data, it impedes your ability to run your practice smoothly. For instance, issues affecting MIPS data can be a major problem with CMS compliance.
As we mention above, a private practice is a small business. If your EHR is not able to effectively handle the financial part of healthcare, you are at an extreme disadvantage that will cause you to waste time and miss out on revenue. Make sure you get paid for your work!
Moving forward, there will be more of a need to connect to the outside world. Whether it be for immunizations, HIEs, or something else, Amazing Charts has decades of experience building connections with a variety of entities.
Amazing Charts offers a variety of installation models that can be tailored to the needs of your practice. We do not force you to choose the way that’s best for us – we will work with your practice to determine the right fit. Whether you prefer to host the solution yourself (or do not have a great internet connection!) or want access anywhere, anytime, we can help.