I’d like to start highlighting some EHR/EMR applications that are most ideal for small and independent practices. One of my favorites is ChARM EHR from MedicalMine. I have a Partner relationship with them, and they are truly an excellent, affordable and full-featured system.

The primary benefits of ChARM EHR are it’s affordability and ease of use. The pricing model is very simple. For a small practice, it is $0.50 per patient encounter. There are no limits or additional charges based on the number of providers in your group. You can also chart up to 50 visits a month for free, which is great if you have a very small patient population or to fully test out the system before making a solid commitment.

ChARM is very easy to use. The interface is clean and intuitive. Many people remark that it is similar to a Google product in general look and feel. It is also highly customizable, making it easy to adapt to doing charting your way. You can create your own templates and lists for nearly every aspect of the charting process. This makes it very suitable to many different practice types and specialties.

The technical implementation is also very simple. It is a cloud-based application, that is accessed through your web browser. It works perfectly on PCs or Macs, and can be used on a tablet as well. There is no need to purchase additional hardware equipment or worry about data security or back-ups.

The ChARM EHR is also very full-featured and compliant with the current regulatory standards. They support ePrescribing, and direct interface with many of the leading laboratory services. They are also certified for Meaningful Use, which includes a patient portal, analytic support for tracking quality measures, and more.

Finally, one of the features that really differentiates ChARM from other EHR/EMR applications, is that it has a completely integrated inventory module. This makes it very popular among naturopathic and integrative medicine doctors who prescribe and sell supplements as part of their practice. You can track your own supplement inventories, seamlessly add them in to your patient record, and have the charges added to the patient invoice.

All of these qualities make ChARM EHR an excellent choice for independent medical practices. If you are interested in learning more about it, please let me know. I’m happy to give you a demo and answer any questions that you may have. I also offer a variety of support and training services for new and existing implementations.

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