In my last column (ENT Today, August 2011), I explained some of the broader issues regarding electronic medical records/electronic health records (EMR/EHR) selection, centered around the understanding that an EMR is a record that is more practice centered while an EHR is a health record intended to follow the patient through multiple providers. This article is directed toward practices with a large degree of autonomy in selecting their products; therefore, we will be discussing EMRs. If you’re part of a multidisciplinary practice or a university, you likely had little to no input regarding the EHR chosen. This is because larger numbers like primary care drive EHR selection. Don’t stop reading, however; assessment of disease-specific pathways is still applicable for the EHR you have.
Explore this issue:October 2011
The key to finding the right EMR is to make the most out of your meetings with vendors. Here’s how:
Do your research. First, assess your needs and determine what you can afford. Start by looking at EMRs that show at the American Academy of Otolaryngology Annual Meeting. These vendors are interested enough to develop content for otolaryngology. If you can’t make it to the meeting, go to vendor websites.