We invested in an EMR system because it is good for our patients and our practice. We save about $1,000 per physician per month in transcription costs alone. Over five years, we will save $60,000 per physician, much more than the $44,000 promised by the federal government’s “meaningful use” incentives introduced last July. With our savings in office space and staffing, the total is over $20,000 per doctor per year. Patient complaints over missed phone calls have been sharply reduced. And we have barely scratched the surface.
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The timely acquisition of EMR is a vital step toward controlling our destiny as otolaryngologists. Eventually all practices will become electronic; only by embracing EMR soon can we do it on our terms and on our timetable. From a leadership role, we can engage the IT community to improve EMR products for otolaryngologists, while also gaining enough credibility to work with the government and private insurers in a more equal partnership than currently exists. Surely it is worth leaving our comfort zone to reach these goals.
Dr. Koriwchak, MD, is attending physician at Ear, Nose and Throat of Georgia in Atlanta, Ga. Read his blog, “The Wired EMR Practice,” at wiredemrdoctor.com.