eMDs Aprima EHR Is the Back-to-Back #1 Rated, 2018 + 2019 Best In KLAS EHR/PM In the Small Practice Ambulatory EMR/PM Category
Aprima EHR earned overall scores of 85.3 and 84.6, significantly higher scores than the vendor average in this category. Some of the key evaluation categories that resulted in the #1 ranking included:
- Sales and Contracting
- Implementation and Training
- Functionality and Upgrades
- Service and Support
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Switch EHRs Confidently
Doing the hard work of quantifying the strengths and weaknesses of your current EHR situation simplifies the process of replacing your EHR. With those metrics in hand, ask questions like “what can be improved?” and “what do we like about what we’re doing now?” By approaching the process to switch EHRs with an analytical view point your chance of successful new implementation is greatly improved.
EHRs As A Commodity
We often see that physicians treat EHRs as commodities when the reality is that they are not. EHR software should be selected with an eye towards optimization of clinical and business function and while price is an important factor it is not the only thing to consider.
The reporting and storytelling narrative surrounding EHRs is that they are a burden to physicians7 and that this burden is inevitable. But, we need to reexamine where accountability for the success of a practice lies.
Physicians would do everything possible to help a chronically ill patient regain their health but, if negative lifestyle choices like smoking, fast food, and poor sleep hygiene are continuously being made, how much can any healthcare provider hope to change that patient’s outcome?
In the same way the patient ultimately needs to accept accountability for their choices so too must physicians and their practices for their EHR outcomes. EHRs can either be something a practice has to do or they can be powerful optimization and automation tools8.
How to Switch EHRs Successfully
When switching EHRs the entire practice needs to engage the process; from physician leadership all the way down.
- Challenge existing workflows: ask questions about current procedures and outcomes. How can you build on strengths and mitigate weaknesses?
- Commit to training and ongoing education, and ensure your vendor has the resources to help.
- Empower your users to be accountable in their respective roles
Switch EHRs to Reduce the Risk of Burnout
Switching to the right EHR has more benefits than reducing practice costs, streamlining operations, and increasing reimbursement. By switching EHRs, a physician can reclaim their work/life balance. Over 6,000 physicians responded to the Mayo Clinic9 that the “clerical burden” created by EHRs was a factor of their decline in job satisfaction but that does not have to be the case. At eMDs, our ClickLESS initiative is focused on reduction of keystrokes and inefficient workflows. Users of Aprima EHR from eMDs report time to have dinner with their family, take care of their kids, and pursue their passions.