Choosing Best EMR Hardware

EMR, or Electronic Medical Records, have been around for a while. The government, however, is getting serious about having such systems in ever Doctor’s office. You can expect to see more computers, tablets, touch screens and other writing surfaces at your PCP, Dentist, and even Gynecologist.

Tech companies everywhere are faced with the same questions by their Dr. Office customers: “What is the BEST equipment to get for EMR in my office?” and “What will it all cost me?” With the multitude of hardware on the market, these questions usually turn into lengthy discussions and multiple quotes, each accompanied with a list of PRO’s and CON’s for choosing such a system.

It is important to understand that there isn’t a “one solution” to these questions. All systems have trade-offs, and I recommend that my Doctor’s Office Clients read through several other sources, such as Mike Koriwchak MD’s blog. With some understanding of the hardware available to support these systems, the back-and-forth may now begin.

Desktop EMR Computer:
Pros: Lower cost, Full size keyboard and mouse, No batteries to exhaust, Faster wired network
Cons: Patients may break them, Need to log out of the computer each time you leave the exam room, Require Specialized Furniture or Mounting

TabletPC EMR:
Pros: Perfect for EMRs that use extensive point & click templates, Portable, Similar to using a paper chart, Access/Write patient chart anywhere
Cons: Fragile, Portability makes it easy to steal, TabletPC crashes require more specialized/expensive service, Wireless Network (Speed & Security concerns)

I welcome your inquiries, and I assure you that we will work tirelessly until we find a set-up that will satisfy your needs.