It is evident that the year 2009 is the year of Health Information Technology.  Obama is just the icing on the cake with the $50 billion announcement to assist a smooth transition to electronic medical records

As a result, physicians and healthcare staff will be in a frenzy trying to determine which electronic medical record system to purchase.  In many instances, practices will want the cheapest EMR they can find because they simply do not have the initial capital investment.  However, be cautious, because you get what you pay for.

As a physician, before you even decide to set a dollar value to your EMR, keep in mind that you and your staff will be working with this system on a daily basis.  You want to use something that is similar to your current workflow and has specialty specific features.  This will save you hours of your time when you are implementing the EMR.

Not only will it save you time learning, it will enhance the practice workflow and reduce the amount of patient records errors.  

Therefore, make sure to do your research.  First, assess your needs and determine whether you need an EMR only, or an integrated EMR + PM System.  Learn the difference about ASP and Client Server.  In addition, see if you are interested in having a specialty specific EMR, or one that is versatile.  The EMR selection process does not take a five minutes, but may take several weeks narrow down your EMR choices.  Lastly, make sure you seek the advice of professionals.  There are several websites that will offer free EMR consultations and point you in the right direction. offers you the ability to narrow down your search results through 14 different filtering options.  It also has an EMR Checklist that will educate you about all of the components that you will need to learn about before implementing an EMR.