As has been the trend, the upcoming EMR seminars in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA this month (Nov.) have been sold out. This is not surprising and perhaps limiting the class size has not allowed more MD’s and their staff to join. These seminars, arranged by EMRseminars ( a service of PreviMed), are very different from many others because:
- These are painstakingly vendor-independent. (No kickbacks, no conflicts, No Stark Law issues).
- The content of the whole seminar is targeted for physicians and their office managers , especially in small group practice settings.
- the seminar is very comprehensive, spans everything from vendor selection to productivity impact to how/where to build disaster recovery for patient records to interoperability/flexibility.
For instance, what will the physician/practice do if the vendor goes out of business? Of course, no vendor will want to answer such a query.
Similarly, what if the host hospital gets acquired by a large hospital chain and, as a result, switches the EMR philosophy. What kind of disruption will it cause to a small group practice? And what can be done – apriori (in advance) – to mitigate the downtime?
Finally, what should you pay attention to when you sign the agreement with te EMR vendor? Can you discuss the software defects or other performace issues – which could potentially impact patient safety – with your colleagues in other cities?
These are some of the questions that get discussed and addressed in our seminars;
Hope you can catch some of the future sessions.