CareData CEO Offers Answers For Choosing The Right EMR/EHR

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CareData CEO Selene Kepila spoke at a recent HIT conference, explaining the five biggest mistakes made when purchasing an EHR/EMR. She explains what to look for and what to avoid when choosing between a web-based and server-based version, helping to clarify some of the common issues faced by medical professionals when making this type of purchase.

The Fourth Annual Health Information Technology Summit held in Washington DC offered hundreds of attendees three days of information and contact with presenters speaking on all aspects of electronic health record keeping. The summit was an oasis of clarity in a sea of confusion for medical professionals who were there looking for solutions for electronic health record management.

The Five Biggest Mistakes Made When Choosing an EHR/PHR was a presentation given by Selene Kepila, CEO of CareDataTM. CareData is a company offering a complete electronic health record solution for hospitals, doctors and patients. From her 17 years of health IT development experience, Selene has compiled a list of what to avoid and what to look for when purchasing a system.

"Many people think a system is going to cost more than it will save," Selene says. "High cost is a myth. A good system can be affordable."

She explains the cost advantage of a web-based system requiring a subscription fee for a password to a site where all information is processed and securely stored. It requires minimal training to implement the solution in the medical office. A server-based system, on the other hand, requires an expensive initial investment of software, staff training and computers to store and process the information on site.

Selene also emphasizes the importance of a system that has interoperable capacities: one that can share information with other medical facilities, insurance companies and patients.

"First you must set attainable goals for your facility and really pinpoint your needs. That way you won't over or under purchase a solution," says Selene. "Use an iterative approach when transitioning from paper to electronic record keeping, and make sure you have chosen a product that offers good support and service." Good support should help get you up and running with relative ease, plus expand use of your health IT solution by showing you new possibilities for data collecting. The more you know your system, the more you can use it to create value for your business."

After working in the trenches with medical professionals for so many years, Selene recognizes how difficult the transition into electronic record keeping is for the medical industry. "Much of the difficulty stems from people's resistance to change and their reluctant participation in the process. You really have to jump into the water with this and fully engage yourself in understanding your needs and discovering what is out there to meet that need. Being informed makes the process much easier."    

Selene has an informative website that can answer questions when faced with the challenge of choosing an EHR/PHR product. You can contact CareData and speak to someone who will answer all of your questions and concerns.

Selene will chair the Collaborative Communications Summit on Capital Hill in May where she will be available to participants. You can hear her speak in June at the American Association of Physician Liaisons Conference as well. She will address and clarify issues for those who are looking for health IT solutions.

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