Carolina Neurological Clinic, PA Selects MicroMD® for Practice Management, Keeps its Options Open for an EMR

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Group Practice Evaluates Five Different Practice Management Systems Based on Features and Price and Determines that MicroMD is the Best

What does a physician group practice do when it concludes that its practice management system’s scheduling features are inadequate to support its fast growth, data reporting is increasingly cumbersome and expensive, and technical support is poor and deteriorating? That is the situation that confronted Carolina Neurological Clinic last year. They decided it was time to replace their old UNIX-based practice management system. They selected MicroMD, a Windows-based, client/server system, from Microsys Computing, Inc. and implemented the software in July 2006.

Founded in 1974, Carolina Neurological Clinic is a ten-provider group practice with three offices in Charlotte, N.C. They provide adult and pediatric neurological care and sleep disorder diagnosis and treatment to a monthly average of 2,500 patients, and the practice is growing by 320 new patients per month. “With our old system, we could only work with one provider’s schedule at a time, one screen at a time. We couldn’t get an overview of our entire schedule for all our providers across all three locations,” said Shephard S. Averitt IV, administrator, Carolina Neurological Clinic. “When we needed a new report, we got charged $600 or $1,000, and after another vendor bought the practice management system we were running, it got even more difficult for us to get support.”

Shephard directed a three-person team that reviewed five alternative solutions over the course of six months. “We were looking for true Windows, client/server technology, not a Windows emulator on top of UNIX,” Averitt said. “When we had vendor presentations and demos, MicroMD stood out head and shoulders above the rest. It offered the most robust functionality, with excellent scheduling and reporting, yet cost less than half of other practice management systems we considered. It just goes to show that going with the biggest-name vendor that charges the biggest price doesn’t mean you get the best system.”

It was also important to Shephard to be able to separate the selection of a new practice management system from decisions about an electronic medical record. “I didn’t want to end up with an EMR that the doctors liked along with whatever practice management software happens to come along with it,” said Averitt. “A solid practice management solution integrated with an EMR that doesn’t meet the physicians’ needs wouldn’t have worked either. Since it can integrate with a variety of EMRs, with MicroMD I got the right practice management system, and our physicians can choose an EMR the best suits them.”

About Microsys Computing, Inc.

Physicians and their practice administrators must have a robust, reliable and affordable practice management system from a dependable partner they can trust. Who can they count on? Microsys Computing, Inc. Since 1982, Microsys has pursued one mission: perfecting practice management software. Its award-winning MicroMD system is a powerful, versatile and full-featured solution that streamlines and automates medical office operations. Developed with Sybase® SQL Anywhere®, and leveraging the networking power of Microsoft® Windows®, with its client/server design, MicroMD scales to support growing medical practices. And the MicroMD Xpres Suite brings the freedom, convenience and productivity of mobile computing to physicians and their patients. More than 2,000 physician practices, spanning 42 different medical and surgical specialties, rely on MicroMD. For more information, call 800-624-8832 or visit http://www.micromd.com.

Note to Editors: Microsys Computing, Inc. will demonstrate MicroMD at the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2006 Annual Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev., October 22-25, 2006. Microsys will be in booth #443. Editorial appointments are available to members of the media upon request.

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