The use of EMR software is not merely an improved method of documenting and sharing patient information, it is a different way in which physicians provide health care. Simply choosing an EMR system is not enough – training and education are essential aspects of smoothly implementing any EMR software into your practice.
In fact, one study showed that intensive technical assistance is vital to improving quality of care through the use of EHR systems. In this study, it was found that physician practices needed at least 9 months of regular training before noting an improvement in quality measures for conditions such as diabetes and breast cancer. In contrast, practices with little to no training showed no improvement in quality measures, even after using the EMR software for up to two years.