Going Paperless Means More than EMR Adoption
Implementing a new electronic medical record (EMR) system is one way to lessen the environmental impact of your office while also cutting costs. Medical records reduced to byte-sized information are obviously less costly and easier to store than paper records. Here are some other tips to help the environment and your bottom line:
- Install motion sensitive light switches in examination rooms if the practice doesn’t already have them. Although a room might be empty only rarely, the additional drain of electricity costs money.
- As long as you’re upgrading your system, purchase equipment meeting the federal government’s Energy Star initiative. Improve efficiency by turning off your monitors at night and putting your computers in sleep mode or shutting them off altogether.
- Rearrange your office. Your practice is set up for a paper world, so look at each space and determine how it can best be used. For example, as the file room is emptied, what revenue-generating purpose can it serve? Do you really need all the office space you have?
Change is difficult but changing the process a little at a time helps your entire staff to “buy in.” Make sure each time a familiar process – photocopying, faxing, etc. – goes away, the benefits of the new electronic approach are realized.