Buying an EMR for your medical practice isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Some docs get hung up on the price of the software, opting for the lowest-priced solution on the market. That can be a costly mistake since the price of acquiring the software is likely to be the least expensive aspect of your medical practice going digital. What is more important to consider is the cost of implementing and maintaining your new digital practice. Will it be difficult to learn how to use the new software? How much of an impact will there be on your productivity and that of your staff? How much will the software change your office workflow? What happens if the software or hardware malfunctions? And what about meaningful use? Will your new EMR qualify for federal HITECH Act stimulus dollars?
This week on Microsoft Health Tech Today I am joined by Mike Sappington, the CEO of gloStream. gloStream is an EMR company based in Michigan that claims its solution, once implemented, has never been de-installed by a medical practice. With a focus on small to medium-sized physician practices, gloStream has been enjoying considerable success due in part to the company’s partnership with Microsoft. At the heart of gloStream’s gloEMR solution is Microsoft Office Word. By relying on Word for documentation, gloStream has managed to solve one of the more vexing problems for EMR users—finding an EMR solution that is intuitive and therefore easier for doctors and office staff to learn how to use.
If you plan to buy an EMR in 2011, be sure to catch this week’s episode of Microsoft Health Tech Today to find out more about gloStream and gloEMR. The show will premier on Tuesday, January 4th. Here is a short promo for the show.
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Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft