EMR/EHR

Electronic Records

Ready to Go Paperless?

The United States government has recognized the need for physicians and hospitals to convert their organizations to paperless environments.

There are a myriad of reasons for this such as:

  • Improving patient care
  • Increasing patient safety
  • Avoiding government penalties
  • Capturing government bonuses
  • Simplifying compliance

The government is so assured of these benefits that the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) will provide incentives to medical practices and hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Finding the best EMR for your practice is not as easy as it was in the past. It becomes more complicated when the intricate needs of practicing oncology are considered. Key questions to ask include:

  • How will you find the best product without sacrificing workflow?
  • Should you find a product you think suits your needs, how will you know what is the best price?
  • How will you know if you’ve bought a product that is too expensive, complicated, or not advanced enough for your organization’s needs?
  • How will you know what ancillary tools to use?
  • Who will do all the necessary work to actually convert all files and data?
  • How will you train your practice on the new procedures?

You are not expected to know the answers to all these questions. For that matter, there is no ONE answer. That is why it is extremely beneficial to work with OCI’s consultants from the initiation of your EMR project.

  • We have already analyzed EMR conversions from an oncology-requirements perspective.
  • Not all EMR systems have the necessary designs to meet oncology practice needs.
  • Among those that do, some are better for large organizations, while others fit better with smaller organizations.