Narrow Down the Vendors
With so many EHRs making competing claims, it’s hard to know where to start narrowing down the market to a few systems that meet your needs. Plus, you have patients to treat — you can’t spend all your time researching.
CRISP and their team of MSOs
can help make things easier for you by making vendor selection a two-part process:
- First, we help you eliminate unsuitable options and familiarize you with EHRs in action at colleagues’ practices.
- Second, we offer tips on getting the most out of vendor demos when you are evaluating your top contenders.
Ensure Compatibility with your PMS
Your PMS and EHR must communicate. To avoid wasted data entry, your Practice Management System and EHR must be able to share data.
Don’t let EHR vendors make you their first compatibility test. Ensure that their system has demonstrated compatibility with your PMS
Considering changing your PMS? If you expect to make a change any time soon, it makes sense to choose a new one before you buy the EHR to ensure compatibility.
An EHR is not simply an add-on to a PMS. Don’t treat it that way.
Review Systems for Your Practice Size
Be clear about system capacity and your practice size. Don’t consider — let alone purchase — an EHR suited to a practice larger or smaller than yours. Be clear in all your vendor communication about the size of your practice and what you are seeking from the EHR. It will save you from considering products unsuited to your needs.
Perform Due Diligence
Learning from your colleagues. Some of the most valuable resources in this process are colleagues already using EHRs. Ask them for their advice and recommendations in person, via email, or on our Messageboard. Medical society websites, conferences, and vendor events are also great places to garner valuable information.
Try before you buy. You wouldn’t make any big investment sight unseen, whether it’s a car, a house, or an EHR. Get a sense of how the product you’re considering works by shadowing a colleague who’s already using it or a similar system.
Of course no two practices are identical, and the product you’re considering may not be easily available locally, but any observation-based learning you can do will serve you well. Physicians who say they’re too busy to do this research often end up regretting it.
Shadowing a colleague gives you a deeper understanding of how an EHR will work in, and change the flow of, your practice
Remember, you can take advantage of the physician community on this website to learn more about selecting and using EHRs in your practice. Colleagues who have successfully implemented systems are available in the Messageboard and Questions & Answers sections to share their experiences.
You can also find a doctor like yourself to learn from.