ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Electronic health records
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.
The article gathers best practices in tracking patients' test results to ensure they don't fall through the cracks.
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.
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.
The article explains how one practice created its own low-cost electronic medical record using simple word processing software.
The author identifies questions she should have asked when her practice was shopping for an electronic medical record system and negotiating with vendors.
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.
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
This article will describe how a salaried physician created a computerized patient records system for himself, without the help of his organization.
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.