CTS Explores the Medical Practice Management Challenges of EMR / EHR Software

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In a new article series, medical software expert Sheldon Needle underscores some of the challenges related to EMR / EHR software and what to do about them.

Sheldon Needle, President of CTS Guides, Inc.
Electronic medical records . . . present challenges that can endanger patient care and put privacy at risk. Understanding the challenges related to EMR or EHR software is the first step toward avoiding these often-serious issues.

A new article series presented by CTS, a leading publisher of medical software reviews and evaluation tools, explores some of the significant medical practice management challenges related to EMR / EHR software. Written by medical software expert and CTS President, Sheldon Needle, the series sheds light on problems associated with managing patient data electronically and how physicians and other healthcare professionals can avoid common technology traps.

“Electronic medical records provide many advantages to both patient and provider,” Needle stated. “But they also present challenges that can endanger patient care and put privacy at risk. Understanding the challenges related to EMR or EHR software is the first step toward avoiding these often-serious issues.”

Needles’ articles explore subjects that are important to medical practitioners and are designed to start conversations that hopefully lead to better information management. The article series includes:

  • When EMR Software Fails: Vendors and Liability – In this article, Needle asks (and answers) the question: What happens if your CCHIT-certified EMR or EHR software fails you?
  • Optimizing your EMR, So it Does Not Drive You Crazy – Many EMR users are overwhelmed by the amount of information that is thrown their way. In this article, Needle discusses how to avoid EMR software that sends constant reminders that may be irrelevant.
  • Can your EMR / medical practice billing software encourage fraud? – A any doctor in a small practice how many times he has been audited by an insurance company, Medicare, or Medicaid, and watch him sweat. In this article, Needle explains why EHR software should minimize this problem, but often makes it worse.

Medical practices that are challenged by their EMR / EHR software can read Needle’s entire article series on the CTS Medical Software Blog. At the CTS website, visitors are also invited to download the company’s free Medical Software Selection Kit: http://www.ctsguides.com.

ABOUT CTS GUIDES

Established in 1983 by Sheldon Needle, CTS was the first company to perform hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Since then CTS has helped over 23,000 companies select new software and technology. Today, CTS offers software reviews, ratings, evaluation tools and expert advice that help physicians and other healthcare professionals select medical practice management software. The company's recourses are also widely used by consultants and software resellers to assist their clients during the software selection process.

ABOUT SHELDON NEEDLE

A former CFO, consultant and software designer, Sheldon Needle has authored or co-authored more than 20 books on software selection and has contributed articles to major publications, including the Journal of Accountancy and Nation’s Business. CTS was the very first company to do hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Sheldon speaks with business owners and managers every day about construction software selection and makes personalized recommendations based on their needs and budget. He is widely known and respected throughout the business software community for his independence, integrity and software selection expertise.

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