Policies, Procedures and Personnel
Your most critical
asset is your staff. In all likelihood, they consume
the greatest percentage of your budget, and are the most expensive
resource to acquire, train - and lose.
Maintaining a smoothly-functioning practice or hospital - especially
as you become more and more dependent upon emerging information
technologies - requires that you develop an effective organizational
strategy. A strategy that uses policies and procedures that are
based on a functional understanding of what technology can and cannot
do, not a theoretical, boiler-plate approach.
Furthermore, your Security Policies must take into account the ways
your system can be used, misused, and abused. Which leads to your
other critical asset - your clinical information, and the technology
that manages it.
EMR Systems hold
the most promise of modern computer technologies for having a substantial
impact on the practice and business of medicine.
Of course, that impact can be positive or negative. And while the
selection of the correct EMR system to meet the needs of your practice
is important, planning and assessment for your selection, conversion
and implementation is critical.
As for your Practice Management (PM) system, it is the workhorse
of your clinical and business management system. You've been depending
on it for years, and you won't change it lightly. When the time
comes to move to an EMR, however, you will have to seriously consider
the costs and advantages of either selecting a new PM system to
integrate with the EMR you choose, or choosing an EMR based on your
PM. At IGNITIONSYSTEMS,
we know the major EMR's and PM's on the market - their strengths,
weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. And we know implementation.
we understand people and technology - and the practical ways to
help them work together.