The Life After...

Blog Post created by 710073 Administrator on Oct 26, 2015

Life after “go live”

Well of course there is life after EMR but a different one for sure. 

A paperless society does take time to get use to for sure.

“You can never use paper again.”


While we are on the road to a “less paper world”, it is highly unlikely that every single sheet of paper will make it into a digital system. Furthermore, reducing the amount of physical paper your company processes is a gradual process. However, the primary benefit is not eliminate all paper, but the automation/process improvements that electronic document management enables. Converting paper-intensive processes into electronic workflows, you will be able to significantly improve security and productivity while reducing costs.

* EMRs reduce wait times for patients, as there’s no need to wait for a receptionist to pull a chart and get it to the treating clinician.

* Data stored in an EMR can be sent more easily to other clinicians than when using a paper record.

* EMRs that integrate e-prescribing reduce the risk that a  patient will get the wrong drug/dose, as poorly-written prescriptions stop being an issue.

The EMR in place, practices should have neater workspaces to use (no paper accumulation) and have better access to care documentation during emergencies.

Its good to see a well-rounded wrap-up of how EMRs might support day-to-day patient care.  It’s easy to assume that everyone understands EMRs’ potential — but I’d argue that many clinicians are just beginning to draw these conclusions.

Through my earlier research, I found some statistics that made me go Hmmmm!

  • On average, the cost in labor to file one document is $20.
  • Between 2% and 5% of an organization's files are lost or misfiled on any given day.
  • Companies on average spend $120 in labor to find one misfiled document.
  • 1 out of ever 20 documents is lost.
  • Approximately 25 hours are spent recreating each lost document.
  • Approximately 10-12% of documents are not found on the first attempt.
  • 400 is the number of hours per year the average employee spends searching for documents.
  • More than 70% of today's Businesses would fail within 3 weeks if they suffered a catastrophic loss of paper based records due to fire or flood.
  • It takes an average of 10 minutes per paper document to retrieve, copy, and re-file.
  • The average document is copied 19 times.
  • The average worker makes 61 trips to the fax machine, copier and printer.
  • 60% of employee time is spent working with documents.
  • 90% of a business's information is in documents
  • Each four drawer file cabinet holds an average of 10-12,000 documents, takes up 9 square feet of floor space and cost $1500 per year.

Cost saving, Increase quality, center on outcomes, added efficiencies

      The New, The Current, Our future!