Selecting an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software can be an overwhelming task for many medical practices. With a lot of software vendor choice and several features, you as a potential buyer can get confused when automating your daily workflows. If you know the loopholes you can avoid the mistakes which can make the EHR software system selection process a smooth one.
The mistakes to avoid
- Not being clear about the software system – Medical practices are found prone to make the common mistake of not being sure of what they need in their EMR software system. Being unclear about the requirements usually makes up for the wrong decision which can harm your productivity and workflow optimization. Once practices know what they want in their software system they are in a better position to evaluate the different software options present. To make this easier you can write down the necessary functionalities you want this may include, online scheduling, a patient portal platform, and software that helps in clinical documentation.
- Overspending on shiny features you don’t need – You might be tempted to go for a software system that offers many features. It’s always good to spend on the tools you require, spending on features you don’t need is a waste of money. To avoid getting distracted you can look at software demos to see how the software system works.
- Taking wrong recommendations seriously – Relying on a friend’s or a colleague’s suggestion and recommendation on a software system may be of no good. You should always consider the target market of the software system you are interested to buy. It’s of no use if you are reading customer reviews from big hospital systems when you are a small clinic, your requirements and needs won’t match. Reviews can be helpful only with the correct context. If you are reading reviews to help you decide on a software system then it is advised to find recommendations of the same practice size set-ups.
- Not thinking about the future – You must consider your needs in the future so your EMR software should be scalable and flexible. A software system should not only meet your current requirements but your future needs as well. Always consider your business plans in terms of expansion, hiring, and new services. It’s advised that you go for innovative vendors that will evolve with time and support your practice to stay competitive shortly.
Software selection and implementation is a long journey taking 9 to 18 months of your time. Therefore to select new software with minimum roadblocks and headaches always keep in mind the above-mentioned mistakes that need to be avoided at all costs. You can even talk to our EMR software experts to guide you through the selection process seamlessly.