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Stay Flexible – Go Modular

September 10, 2010

Not every physician in the country is ready to go 100% paperless.

Going ‘paperless’  requires the purchase and implementation of a full-blown, bell and whistle laden system that is simply not required at this point in time.  The recent announcement of the final Meaningful Use criteria allow for a more incremental approach to a practice’s inevitable migration into this new era of advanced technology.

So what exactly is a ‘modular approach’ to Meaningful Use?

A modular approach to achieving Meaningful Use allows a practice to slowly and incrementally adopt the technology necessary to qualify for the EHR incentives without making one costly purchase decision.  There is no denying that office staff can be resistant to change when it comes to implementing new technology, making this method of ‘baby steps’ appealing to ease your staff into new technology – as opposed to the shock and awe technique of a full blown EMR.

The incentives are structured in such a way to promote this modular method due to their less stringent requirements and higher incentive payments for the first 2 years.  They are designed to get practices to ‘test the water’ before diving in head first.

By using a system that can combine individual certified modules that when used together fulfill Meaningful Use, your practice will be benefit from a quick implementation and a high ROI.

If you aren’t ready for the headache of going 100% paperless, this modular approach is the right choice for you.

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Irene Froehlich

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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