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"Having total access is, perhaps, the biggest advantage," says Garett Fortune, vice president of sales and marketing for http://Workflow.com/, a Cleveland-based developer of an integrated system of electronic medical records and practice management software packages of the same name. "[I ask physicians] have you ever been in your office and someone is looking for a chart, and it's not around? You took it to the surgery center, or you're at one office and you need the information on the patient at another office. How would it be if you could pull that information up from wherever you are?"
"There are definite advantages in accessibility and ease of use," Dr. Lichten says. "I have no regrets."
MAKING THE MOVE Eliot Mostow, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine and chair of the dermatology section at Northeastern Ohio University's Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rootstown, Ohio, decided that the time was right to go paperless last February, when he opened a second office with new associate James Libecco, M.D., who had previously participated in the transition to EMR at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
"When you walk into my office as a patient, I don't want to be typing on a keyboard," says Dr. Mostow. "In the skin care world, whether plastic surgery or dermatology, there are a lot of things you need to mark down and measure as you're doing an exam, and I wanted the patient interaction to be the same or better than if I had a paper chart. Using tablets and an electronic pen, we're really not doing anything different."
Steven Goldman, M.D., director and owner of the Beachwood Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa in Beachwood, Ohio, instituted an EMR system when he moved from a university setting into his own practice in 2006.