EMR’s Amazing Charts

By Barbara Phillips on Thu, Aug 09, 2012

There is a multitude of Electronic Medical Records/Electronic Health Records software available on the market today. Some are free and others can cost literally tens of thousands of dollars. I cannot give comment on many of them, however, I can tell you about the one I use.

When I opened my office August 2006, I thought it would be a great time to open “paperless”. Let me start by saying I am NOT paperless and I’m beginning to doubt that such a thing is possible, but this is for another article.

Because I had used an EMR, I had an idea of what I wanted and what I didn’t. For me it came down to ease of use, could I get the  health information I was looking for, how easy was it to maintain (guess who provides the IT? Yep, me) and was it affordable. I was not interested in taking out a second mortgage for a charting package.

I ended up choosing Amazing Charts. First of all, you can download the entire program and run it for free for 3 months. You can play with it and see if it will work for you. While I did that, the true test really does not happen until you are using it “for real”. At the end of my three month trial, I did purchase the program along with support and upgrades. For one provider, I spent about $1500.

While Electronic Medical Records software does not do everything I would want, it certainly does a great deal. I also like the fact that the program is constantly being upgraded, there is an active support forum for nurses, and most of the time I can access the “Guardian Angels” when I need some immediate help. What I don’t like is that I live on the West Coast and they are on the East Coast.

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