|August 2007 · Vol. 19, No. 08
Voices of experience weigh in: Do electronic medical records make for a better practice?
Success, apprehension, satisfaction, struggle—all describe ObGyns’ experience with EMR. Part 2 of 2.
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.Mark
“Our billing staff loves the thorough documentation when it is time to file or appeal claims.”—Don Shuwarger, MD
“Ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs, including hardware and networking software, have gone far beyond our initial investment.”—B. David Hall, MD
“I think we’ll see a major consolidation of EMR vendors over the next several years—one that leaves only premier vendors with superior products in the market.”—Mark A. VanMeter
Who is who on the roundtable panel
G. William Bates, MD, MBA
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn
Have introduced EMR to their practice
B. David Hall, MD, FACOG
Rowan OB/GYN Associates, Salisbury, NC
Don Shuwarger, MD, FACOG
Forest Women’s Center, Forest, Va
Have not introduced EMR
Frank O. Page, MD, FACOG
Henderson Walton Women’s Center, Birmingham, Ala
Mark A. VanMeter
Group Practice Manager, Columbus Obstetricians– Gynecologists, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
Are your colleagues in private practice who have made the transition to a system of electronic medical records (EMR) satisfied with their decision and experience? Yes and, on some points, less than yes.
For practices that—perhaps, like yours—haven’t made the leap, the question is: What’s holding them back?