Electronic health records enable physicians to keep more detailed and legible records and, potentially, to improve patient care. Before committing to a system, it is essential to screen the software company, make sure the electronic health record integrates with the practice manager component, decide on client server- versus Internet-based model, and make sure that the software has the capability of fulfilling meaningful use criteria. Just as important, the physician must go through a demonstration walk through in a thoughtful, detail-oriented manner.
From the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, Newark, NJ.
Correspondence to: Ted Louie, MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, Newark, NJ. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The author has no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.
This is the first of a series on EMRs. Part 1 will deal with some basic advice on selecting a system. Future parts will deal with implementation, meaningful use, and future directions.