We've discussed the concept of usability frequently on this blog, as it is truly the make-or-break quality for any chiropractic EHR software. After all, if the program you select doesn't fit in with your current workflow – or proves too intimidating to your staff – you simply won't be able to reap the benefits of these digitized documents in the long run.
But how exactly can you gauge usability when shopping for the right chiropractic EHR for your practice? HealthCare IT News recently shared a list of the main questions to consider as you investigate EHR vendors, with guidance from EHR consultant Linda Stotsky:
- Are demos available to see how this EHR software may translate to your practice?
- How are new client implementations prioritized?
- How will this software complement or improve your day-to-day operations? Do the templates seem conducive to how your practice works?
- What kind of training and support is provided?
- Who, if anyone, will be on hand to customize your system?
Ultimately, the chiropractic EMR software you select has to be able to adapt to how you and your colleagues operate, otherwise it may continue to feel like a burden that prevents you from providing the best possible care for your patients. As we touched upon recently, the shift to EHR is intended to enhance patient care by freeing you from time-consuming administrative tasks and facilitating the swift transmission of documents between practices as needed.
Usability may seem like a buzzword, and it is often bandied about with little discussion of what this actually entails for each practice. That's why it falls to each chiropractic office to familiarize themselves with these key questions. By understanding what comprises the best chiropractic EHR program for your needs, you can ensure a smoother transition to digitized documents.