While he is enthusiastic about EMR, Golden says there is one drawback.
"I will admit, near the end of the day, I become weary, in a different way before I had electronic records. You know, you just get tired of clicking and looking at the computer," Golden says. "I am older."
Golden's three tips for implementing EMR for any medical practice:
- Get Physicians Involved. "Your doctors must be involved in the process from day one," he says. "They must be engaged and involved in learning the system and using it to be successful. They have to have a vested interest in learning the system."
- Create an "In-House" EMR Expert. "If possible, try to create an in-house expert who will manage the technological aspect of the system from implementation to day-to-day operation of it. It's a long-term investment and if conducted properly from the beginning can significantly improve the health and viability of your practice, clinically and financially."
- Be Patient and Flexible. "You have to be willing to change and see the positive in meaningful use. The data we're now able to track through the system – because of meaningful use – is incredible. That alone has been worth the change."
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Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.