How does adopting an electronic medical record (EMR) in your practice affect productivity? In general, successful implementation of an EMR offers a decrease in practice costs in the following ways:
- More accurate coding,
- Increased number of patients,
- Possible decrease or reallocation of employees,
- Decreased patient wait time,
- Elimination of lost charts,
- Simultaneous access to charts by multiple users,
- Decreased duplication of efforts,
- Improved patient management,
- Reduced record storage space,
- Increased legibility,
- Reduced phone tag time with patients, and
- The ability to produce referral letters, school and work excuses, and other documents with a few clicks.
TMA offers two home study courses to help you make the transition to an electronic medical record. Both are available through TMA's Practice Management Distance Learning Center and offer continuing medical education credits. "Electronic Medical Records: The Link to a Better Future" is based on an EMR selection, purchase, and implementation guide. "EMR: Evaluation, Selection, and Legal Considerations" is a series of three videos that address some of the common issues involved in implementing an EMR.
If you have questions about electronic medical records or other health information technology, contact the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955.
Content reviewed: 10/15/09
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