Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Texas Medical Association - EMR Survey

The Texas Medical Association released their Fall 2009 EMR survey which revealed a number of interesting issues. It said that 50% cited awkward or time-consuming data input and it was what they liked the least about their system. Digging deeper, the survey found that physicians in larger practices are more likely to report data entry is difficult.

The EMR products with the largest numbers of users are EPIC - 14%, e-MDs - 10%, Allscripts - 10%, Centricity - 8%, NextGen - 8%, and eClinicalWorks - 8% along with many others.

Practices that evaluate and implement these products seldom understand these usability gaps ahead of time, nor realize integrated transcription solutions can fill them. Furthermore, 22% cited lost productivity due to the use of their EMR product.

Medical Transcription has traditionally been the method clinicians have used to document patient encounters. With transcription being today's fastest and most accurate method for documentation it is imperative that practices understand that integrated transcription solutions are available to them. R+B Sten-Tel along with its technology partners are integrated with many of these solutions to offer ease-of-use and meet productivity shortfalls.

The bottom line is that when a physician is required to document a narrative they should have the tools at their disposal to do it effectively in the shortest period of time while maintaining the integrity of the data. The transcription industry has worked hard to build these integrated platforms. Clinicians should know this technology is available to them as a benefit to save time and money.

Integrated transcription will assist a practice to reach a more successful implementation and achieve practical use out of their systems. EMR technology is very meaningful, but the technology itself should not be a barrier for physicians to practice medicine. Many of the complaints about these technologies can be met with integrated transcription platforms by improving productivity, ease-of-use and quality.

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