Frequently Asked Questions
How do I decide between a stand-alone ePrescribing system and a more comprehensive EMR system?
Although stand-alone ePrescribing systems offer clear benefits to practices, it's worth considering whether your practice is ready to implement a more comprehensive clinical system. Key considerations include the cost, time commitment required and disruption to the practice.
Many practices underestimate the disruption and time commitment required to implement an EMR system, as well as the hidden costs of staff time and loss of productivity during implementation. At some point, however, most practices will eventually migrate to a comprehensive electronic record.
Are there specific questions I should ask a potential ePrescribing vendor?
Yes. Ask questions such as: 1) What is the cost? 2) What do I need to start? 3) What are the monthly maintenance fees? 4) What type of training is provided? 5) Will the system be able to access demographic information from my practice management system? 6) Does the system allow me to manage both new prescriptions and renewal authorizations electronically? 7) What is the support process and how long does it typically take for issues to be addressed?