AMA workflow considerations

Implementing an EMR system will not in itself create efficiencies. Your work flows have to be modified to facilitate the EMR system's capabilities. Without adjusting your workflow, your practice will not be able to take full advantage of the functionality of the EMR system.

An EMR system will impact the most common activities in your practice including:

As an example, below lists all of the activities related to a prescription renewal before an EMR system and after an EMR system.

Pre-EMR system prescription renewal

Post-EMR system prescription renewal

Not only are worksteps eliminated in the post-EMR scenario, all functions are performed within the EMR system which creates a more efficient execution and documentation of the renewal request.

Although changing a single process may not be terribly complicated, it is often the combination of many process changes and learning new software that can be stressful for everyone in the practice.