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4 questions to ask before purchasing an EHR

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Here are four questions for physician practices to ask before rushing to implement an electronic health record, according to the How to Change Your Medical Billing Software report from Kareo.

•    Are you read to use an EHR? Physicians need the time to select the right EHR for their practices and the resources to fully integrate the new system into practice.
•    What are your expectations for the EHR? Low expectations will result in EHR underperformance, while expectations set too high will result in disappointment.
•    Will you be able to take advantage of EHR incentive money? Physician practices should ensure they understand Meaningful Use Measures and what is needed to meet them.
•    What is a practical plan to implement the EHR? While vendors can provide support for EHR implementation, the bulk of the responsibility lies with the practice. A plan must be in place before purchasing the system.

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