Dr. Stephens has been using Office Practicum since 2000. His practice was established in July 2000 and consists of two Physicians and six staff members. On an average busy day, 30 patients will visit Preferred Pediatrics. In the future, Dr. Stephens is hoping to expand and become a four-doctor practice.
“We were setting up our own practice and essentially starting a-new. We wanted an EHR because we knew it would give us the ability to access information and ensure that that information was accurate. We also believed that it would be a huge saving in terms of cost and efficiency by moving away from paper.
“In our search for a suitable EHR, we used the Internet to compare different [EHRs] and their different features. There were not many available that were appropriate or sufficient for pediatricians. Eventually we decided on two different EHRs, one being Office Practicum, and viewed demos of both. Office Practicum particularly appealed to my needs because it is designed around the needs of pediatrics. The other EHR was not impressive compared to Office Practicum. It was not Windows-based, did not have a billing module, and it simply didn’t address the real needs of pediatricians. It was clear that Office Practicum could really replace the paper chart and it was the best choice.”
Adapting to Office Practicum:
“We didn’t receive much training when we began using Office Practicum and that was because it wasn’t really required. We taught ourselves how to use it very easily. It is a pretty intuitive program. We really only encountered issues that required quick questions, and with a call [to Connexin Software] we got an answer very quickly. Since we’ve been using the program we’ve only encountered one serious technical problem in our office and that was due to the blackout [in 2003] and not related to Office Practicum at all. We didn’t lose any data at all because we were fortunate enough to save the hard drives, and since then we haven’t had any further issues.”
Using Office Practicum:
“The integration of the EHR portion with the billing module eliminates the need for taking the charges I write and re-entering them separately. This saves a huge amount of labor and frees my staff from needless repetition. The vaccine algorithm is extremely helpful in identifying deficiencies in patients’ vaccines. Also, another thing I really like about Office Practicum is that it is very customizable to fit the way your practice works.”
“I experience a lot of personal benefits from Office Practicum because I have free time now. There are no piles of charts at the end of the day to file and no stacks of charts with little yellow phone message notes stuck to them for me to call back. At the end of the day, the work is up-to-date so I am free to do other things. If a doctor was interested in an EHR, I would recommend Office Practicum for the fact that it is tooled for pediatrics, extremely easy to learn to use, and it results in huge cost-savings.”