In response to Andis Robezniek's "AMA delegates discuss best ways to go paperless":
Having implemented multiple electronic medical records over the past 15 years, scanning everything is an old concept, not necessary, is a waste of time and waste of effort.
Scan only what you need is our philosophywhich is very littleand only do it a patient at a time based on the next day's schedule.
We suggest the practice pick a date to go live, determine what critical items need to be scanned and then when the day before arrives only scan those critical items into the charts of the patients due the next day.
In less than 90 days, all active patients charts are totally electronic and all old charts can go to permanent storage.
This is the new efficient way to make a practice successful and happy with an EMR. At the same time, it should take a less-than-five physician practice less than 30 days to be fully operational on an EMR and achieving their prior-to-EMR-implementation patient visits levels.
Bill BysingerExecutive DirectoreMRnetMacon, Ga. To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.