Still, Dr. Gordon says the benefits of adopting these systems outweigh the costs. Most physicians who are currently using electronic reminders to interact with their patients are on the cutting edge of technology, he said. “Most of them already have a smart phone. They understand how failure to communicate not only impacts their clinical care but also their bottom line,” Dr. Gordon said.
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Dr. Kittrell adopted an EHR with built-in reminders after working in a group practice that used traditional charting and reminder methods. “As a solo practitioner, it’s important for me to have low overhead,” Dr. Kittrell said. “Having this system basically eliminates a staff member.”