Electronic health records

Oct 2002 Issue
Why I Love My EMR [Feature]

A family physician describes the benefits and pitfalls of implementing an electronic medical records (EMR) system in his busy family practice office and answers frequently asked questions about EMRs.

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Four Principles for Better Test-Result Tracking [Feature]

The article gathers best practices in tracking patients' test results to ensure they don't fall through the cracks.

Apr 2002 Issue
How Much Will That EMR System Really Cost? [Computers]

Installing an EMR system in a practice not only includes the initial purchase price, but ongoing costs as well. The author identifies what the continuing costs of an EMR are and provides a tool practices can use to calculate their own costs.

Jan 2002 Issue
Looking for a Good Electronic Medical Records System? [Computers]

The article includes a list of EMR (electronic medical record) features that potential buyers can use when deciding what kind of EMR to purchase. The article also provides information on conducting a needs assessment so that physician practices can choose an EMR system that most closely matches their requirements.

May 2001 Issue
Electronic Paper & Pencil: How to Develop Your Own Low-Cost Electronic Medical Record [Feature]

The article explains how one practice created its own low-cost electronic medical record using simple word processing software.

Mar 2001 Issue
Electronic Medical Records: 10 Questions I Didn't Know to Ask [Feature]

The author identifies questions she should have asked when her practice was shopping for an electronic medical record system and negotiating with vendors.

Jan 2001 Issue
Electronic Medical Records: The FPM Vendor Survey [Feature]

Presents the results of an extensive survey of the vendors of 28 electronic medical records systems in a way that allows readers to compare systems in terms of important features.

Jan 2001 Issue
The EMR: Not Just a Computerized Chart [Editor's Page]

Suggests that an EMR is much more than "the electronic equivalent of a chart" -- that it opens the way for functionality not normally associated with the patient record

Jun 2000 Issue
How a Salaried FP Computerized His Practice -- on His Own [Feature]

This article will describe how a salaried physician created a computerized patient records system for himself, without the help of his organization.

Jun 2000 Issue
Toward Electronic Medical Records for the Small Practice [Editor's Page]

Discusses the financial problem that vendors want to sell expensive EMR systems that FPs think they want but can't afford, thus leaving most practices without any EMR.

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