Electronic medical records and staffing in the medical practice

An article posted by the American Medical Association discusses How electronic medical records affect staffing. Implementing an EMR solution in a healthcare practice can be challenging from many perspectives. Beyond the implementation process itself, much time and effort can be spent in training employees and redefining their roles.

Much of the success of an EMR solution in a practice hinges on how well the practice operates prior to this change. Dr. Eric Pifer puts it well: "If the practice isn't already spinning like a top, it can get ugly". This makes sense. If a practice is efficient, nimble, and adaptive from the getgo, implementing EMR can be much easier endeavor. EMR may not be the right solution for all practices at this point but healthcare has been moving progressively towards larger and more ambitious electronic systems. It may be better for practices to accept this trend sooner than later.