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A "KISS" EMR May Be All You Need

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W. Allen Clifford
The Obama Administration has continued where the previous one left off in advocating the widespread adoption of electronic (digital) medical records (EMRs). But an expensive EMR system loaded with bells and whistles that you don’t really need, and requiring doctors to interact with computers, can cost you in terms of patient-care time as well as money. The Big Three elements of a practical EMR system are electronic visit notes (which can encompass dictation/transcription), drug prescribing, and lab test ordering/results. An inexpensive “KISS� (Keep It Simple, Stupid) EMR containing these basic elements, and not requiring disruptive changes in office routines, may be all you really need.