I’ve been really intrigued with how various EMR software has been touting how quickly they can get an EMR installed for a doctor’s office. I’m sure that many people can tell of experiences where they spent literally years getting their EMR ready for use. This is what makes these 5 minute EMR installs that I’ve seen recently seem so intriguing.
Practice Fusion’s Live in Five
Practice Fusion has a “Live in Five” marketing campaign and promise that they can get a practitioners charting in an EMR in five minutes. Here’s their full description of Live in Five:
Forget everything you know about software. Practice Fusion’s exclusive ‘Live in Five’ program allows you to be up and charting in less than five minutes. There are no sales contracts, no consultants to go on-site, no installation of hardware, software, and databases.
Of course, I think that Live in Five is a better marketing tool than it is reality. Not that you won’t be charting in 5 minutes. You certainly will be, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be a more configuration and setup needed in order to move your paper charts to EMR. There’s just more to the process than 5 minutes allows.
It is true that a hosted solution like Practice Fusion is much much faster to implement than a regular client server install. However, no one should assume that they’ll be ready to ditch their paper charts after 5 minutes.
Open Source elementalClinic 5 Minute Install
I’m a strong proponent of open source software. So much so that EMR and HIPAA is completely done using open source software. I think that’s why I’m so impressed with that elementalClinic is doing to try to make installing an open source EMR in 5 minutes. Here’s a link to install elementalClinic in 5 minutes.
Of course, if you aren’t technical you’re eyes are going to glaze over if you look at the instructions listed on that site. However, for someone with any experience using Ubuntu linux (which is most technical people), those instructions are about as easy as you can create. The cool part is that it makes updating the software that easy as well.
Certainly installing an EMR is just one step in the implementation of an EMR. There’s always a lot of configuring, setup, and workflow questions that must be answered when implementing an EMR. The cool part of the 5 minute install is that it makes answering all of those questions so much easier since you can spend 5 minutes doing an install and literally test the EMR out of the box. You don’t have to just trust what a sales person tells you it can do. Now you can drive exactly what your EMR software will provide before spending all the money and signing long term contracts.