Searching for an Electronic Medical/Health Record (EMR/EHR) can resemble the painstaking task of shopping for a new car. You need to be sure you make the right decision; it not only meets your needs but comes with a positive recommendations, boasts of reliability, and fits conveniently within your budget. It can be rather difficult to set aside time in your busy schedule to make this decision, but if you are able to answer these following questions, your EMR search may end more swiftly and successfully.
When the government is advertising free money, it’s hard to say no. But when the incentive amounts for implementing an EMR system and/or attesting to meaningful use add up to a maximum of 44,000 for Medicare or $63,750 for Medicaid, one can’t help but wonder if it is all a scam. The requirements for obtaining the incentive money are not overly difficult, which is why many providers are struggling to believe that the government will follow through on their promised monetary reward.
Valant offers free and unlimited training and support! It is important to us that our clients are comfortable with the EMR and use it as effectively as possible. We have found that our most successful implementers are those that make the most of their introductory training and keep in close contact with their Account Manager throughout the implementation process, asking questions along the way. Here are some tips we hope you find helpful:
Large behavioral health group practices are caught between two worlds: that of the relatively mature market for EHR’s for general medical practices and the relatively immature world of EHR’s for behavioral health care practices. The products pitched to them from the large EHR vendors that focus primarily on primary care are way beyond their budgets, lack functionality (such as integrated scheduling and billing, behavioral healthcare specific templates and treatment plans, etc.), and are cluttered with features that have no value in day-to-day psychiatric practice. Current EHR vendors that are focused on behavioral healthcare frequently have some of the desired functionality and lack the clutter, but they rarely offer a complete product that provides for all of the practice management needs of the mental health practice. In addition, the relative immaturity of the vendors and market make the viability of the vendor a concern. So, there is no perfect answer. Yet large practices have known for a long time that their paper systems are inadequate and that the meaningful use incentive train is leaving the station. What are they to do?
Healthcare is one of the few industries that has endorsed Apple as a business solution. Through their endorsement of Apple's iPod, iPhone, and iPad products, Apple has proved a viable business solution for healthcare professionals. But what about for physicians that use Mac computers in their practice or hospital? Is there a viable EMR solution for doctors that need software that will not only run on Mac OS, but is ONC-ATCB certified? Yes, and Valant has made the cut.
So you have made the decision to join the wonderful world of electronic medical records (EMRs), also known as electronic health records (EHRs). Great! Now the question is how to go about choosing the right EMR for your psychiatric practice. To point you in the right direction, we have outlined five of the most important factors to consider when picking out a psychiatric EMR.