There are a multitude of Electronic Medical Records/Electronic Health Records software available on the market today. Some are free and others can cost literally tens of thousands of dollars. I cannot give comment on many of them, however, I can tell you about the one I use. (If you have a different one and want to write a post for us, sent it to us with your contact info and we’ll add it to a post of its own).
When I opened my office August 2006, I thought it would be a great time to open “paperless”. Let me start by saying…I am NOT paperless and I’m beginning to doubt that such a think is possible…but this is for another post.
Because I had used an EMR, I had an idea of what I wanted and what I didn’t. For me it came down to ease of use, could I get the information I was looking for, how easy was it to maintain (guess who provides the IT? Yep…me) and was it affordable. I was not interested in taking out a second mortgage for a charting package.
I ended up choosing Amazing Charts. First of all, you can download the entire program and run it for free for 3 months. You can play with it and see if it will work for you. While I did that, the true test really does not happen until you are using it “for real”. At the end of my three month trial, I did purchase the program along with support and upgrades. For one provider, I spent about $1500.
While does not do everything I would want, it certainly does a great deal. I also like the fact that the program is constantly being upgraded, there is an active support forum, and most of the time, I can access the “Guardian Angels” when I need some immediate help. What I don’t like is I live on the West Coast and they are on the East Coast.
Â I’ll talk my set up in another post, in the meantime, let’s hear about your experiences with EMR and Amazing Charts.