August 21, 2014
Why Practice Change EHR and Practice Management Platforms?A growing number of healthcare organizations are choosing to switch their EHRs. Separately or combined, there are many valid reasons for replacing an EHR. For some, the switch is due to fear that their current system will not measure up to the standards established for Meaningful Use. Many physicians complain that their EHR systems do not provide a good fit for their practice’s needs and are no longer producing the expected clinical and financial results.
In addition, many organizations have begun to express a preference for web-based EHRs, which store information in the cloud rather than locally installed software. This offers portability of charting and practice management from virtually anywhere in the world.
In a 2014 EHR Software BuyerView survey, the most commonly identified reasons why practices decided to switch EHRs included the following:
- Current system was slow and cumbersome
- Practice was seeking integration
- Practice needed to comply with external regulations
- Current system was outdated
- Current system was faulty
- Current system was lacking important features
- Current system was too expensive
- Physician was opening a new practice
- Practice was striving to improve its organization and efficiency
- Practice wanted to eliminate paper record-keeping
- Current system had poor customer support
- Practice wanted a system with specialty- specific features
So, the question you need to ask is why continue laboring with poorly designed or poorly matched software when better options are available?
Source: 2014 EHR Software BuyerView by EHR systems research group Software Advice.